Old Colony History Museum

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…