Ralph Moody, Racing Hall of Famer

By William F. Hanna

Of all the men and women from this area who have participated in professional sports, among the least famous — but most successful — was Ralph Moody. Born and raised in Dighton, Massachusetts, Moody spent his life trying to make automobiles run faster. As a teenager in the mid-1930s, he rebuilt a Ford Model T and ran it at area race tracks on weekends. Not only was he interested in driving fast cars, but even as a young man he was captivated by the principles of physics and engineering that allowed competitive drivers to continuously push the envelope…