Ralph Moody

Class of 1994


In 1935, Ralph Moody started a race car driving career which eventually included Sprints, Jalopies, Modifieds, NASCAR Grand National (now Winston Cup) and USAC stock cars. Moody served in the Army Air Force in World War II and then returned to racing, eventually joining DePaolo Engineering Ford as a driver. In 1957, when the automobile manufacturers banned factory participation, Moody joined forces with John Holman, and continuing on with Ford cars and equipment, built 50 stock cars a year during the 1960's. At the end of the 1971 racing season Moody formed Ralph Moody Inc., an engine and car building business. Moody contributed significantly to stock car racing, especially in the area of high performance and safety. From mid-1957 through 1971, Ford stock cars fielded by Holman-Moody and driven by Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Fireball Roberts, Fred Lorenzen, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly, Marvin Panch, Mario Andretti, Dick Hutherson, Nelson Stacy and Bill Amick, scored 92 NASCAR Winston Cup victories. 'Competition Proven' Ralph Moody advanced motorsports by helping others.
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