celebrate the accomplishments of all those who dedicated their lives to making Mopars special

MHOF Inductees

"Dandy" Dick Landy was one of drag racing's first factory-sponsored drivers and one of the all-time greats of Super Stock and Pro Stock. Landy's '65 A/FX Dodge is arguably the best-known altered wheelbase car of all time, and his prowess both behind the wheel and with mechanical innovations remains legendary. Landy performed performance clinics at Dodge dealerships coast-to-coast, and a cigar clamped tightly in the corner of his mouth became synonymous with Landy - he very rarely appeared without one. Landy won several Pro Stock titles in the early days of the class and countless championships in both the NHRA, AHRA, and IHRA. Dick formed Dick Landy Industries in Los Angeles, where hundreds of race engines have since been produced, and he had a hand in building virtually every form of racing engine known to exist. Dick passed away in 2007.

Ray Nichels began his racing career with Midget Sprint Cars at the age of fifteen back in 1938. By the 1950's, he had formed his own company, Nichels' Engineering, and was turning out the fastest and best-built stock car racers in the nation. Pontiac noticed this and he began building cars exclusively for them, until 1963 when Ron Householder of Chrysler made Nichels' Engineering the official "house" race car builder for Chrysler. From that point forward, Nichels pioneered NASCAR technology hand-in-hand with Dodge and Plymouth, sharing his discoveries with other factory builders such as Cotton Owens and Petty Enterprises. Much of Chrysler's success in NASCAR was due to Ray Nichels, and his familiar Nichels' Engineering logo appeared on winning cars coast-to-coast.

Otto Rosenbusch is perhaps the greatest unsung hero in the Mopar hobby. For most of his career with Chrysler Corporation, Otto's given title was an executive in Chrysler's Special Events and Public Relations department. During those years, he gathered important artifacts from the company's early days; everything from Walter P. Chrysler's personal desk to the original 1924 Chrysler prototype touring car, thousands of smaller items, and concept and dream cars of all shapes and eras. The collection formed the nucleus of the Chrysler Historical Archives. His fame, however, was cemented when Chrysler teetered on the brink of bankruptcy in the late 1970's and early 1980's, and Otto literally dispersed the collection of cars and relics, hiding them with trusted collectors so Chrysler Corporation couldn't sell them off. His efforts saved the collection and virtually everything you see in the WPC Museum today exists because of Otto Rosenbusch. Otto passed away in 2004.

Cotton Owens is one of the most versatile all-around figures in the history of NASCAR. He began his career in the 1950's as a driver and actually was the NASCAR Whelen Modified division champion in 1953 and 1954. He began winning Grand National races in 1957 and by 1959 finished second in overall points to the legendary Lee Petty. Owens' biggest claim to fame came as a car owner and builder, delivering Dodge some of the biggest NASCAR wins in their history. Buddy Baker became the first driver in history to better the 200 mph mark during a race at the 1970 Talladega 500 driving Cotton Owens' famed #6 Daytona. When Owens finally left the sport in 1974, no fewer than twenty-five drivers had wheeled Cotton's cars in almost 300 races and had won thirty-two national events.

In 1959, at the Chrysler Engineering Institute, a discussion began in the lunch room between a group of young performance-minded engineers that they needed to form a racing team to develop technology for this growing sport. Their groundwork led to some of the most innovative technological breakthroughs in the history of drag racing. The Ramcharger Club, as it was officially known, evolved and changed through the years, with a constant roster of between twenty and fifty Chrysler engineers serving as mechanics, technicians, and drivers. They pioneered tunnels rams, altered wheelbase cars, Funny Car technology, fuel injection, and countless other mechanical wonders that became standard fare in all classes of the sport. Their familiar red-and-white "candy stripe" Dodges were synonymous with drag racing perfection well into the 1970's. The individual members of The Ramchargers are too many to name here, so we wish to humbly honor all of the Chrysler engineers and employees who gave their time and resources to be counted among these pioneers of drag racing and performance car technology.