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Old 02-09-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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Default The Fastest Man on Earth



Very few names can truly be called "iconic" in the world of hot rodding, but I can safely say that Mickey Thompson is one of them: A legend in racing, a pioneer of speed, and an all around good guy by everyone's account. Challenger 1 was the radical ...

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Old 02-09-2012, 09:36 AM   #2
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Default Re: The Fastest Man on Earth

I can't imagine sitting that far back looking down the snout of the monster known as Challenger 1......and doing it at 400+ mph. Absolute Legend.


Side note, trailer that transported the streamliner was pretty damn cool itself!
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:41 AM   #3
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Mickey was an absolute legend and his developments in the field of racing continue to this day. I think Icon certainly fits!
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:46 AM   #4
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Agreed that trailer was cool! Great video!!
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:11 AM   #5
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Danny Thompson is refurbishing Mickeys Autolite Liner (later car) and planning to run it this year.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:12 AM   #6
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Ruler! and thanks for sharing the video. I miss the salt.

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Old 02-09-2012, 10:29 AM   #7
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One of the best and most inspiring books hot rod wise that I have ever read was his book Challenger. He told of his early days of racing using used parts and of scrounging parts in the junk bins behind shops in the evenings. His wife bought him a boring bar so he could fit the pistons he found to the blocks he had. That book is very collectable and expensive now but well worth reading if a guy can get his hands on a copy.
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:17 AM   #8
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I got my copy of "Challenger" at a garage sale for .50 cents. One of my prized books. I love how he made a killing at the gambling tables in Vegas, (or Reno?) one night and used that money to start his business.
I've read that he said he had U-joint problems, and couldn't make a back up run to his 406.6 run, keeping him out of the record books, but it was actually engine problems. He didn't want to lose his Pontiac sponsorship.
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:25 AM   #9
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it was a controversial run, and if you ask people that knew Mickey in regular racing they have some crazy shit to say , but would never speak on record about it .... My friend did a documentary on the whole deal , never aired on tv but is amazing ! its a whole nother story that was never told in the media of the day ... too kool.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:02 PM   #10
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it was a controversial run, and if you ask people that knew Mickey in regular racing they have some crazy shit to say , but would never speak on record about it .... My friend did a documentary on the whole deal , never aired on tv but is amazing ! its a whole nother story that was never told in the media of the day ... too kool.
So tell us now.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:11 PM   #11
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I've been learning more and more about MT recently. As a kid I knew about him as a Baja racer and seller of race equipment, and I knew he had an auto racing career. Anything tubbed with fat MT tires was super cool to me. The more I learn, the more incredible his story is. It's a damn shame how his iconic life came to an untimely end. It's also too bad that much of his "icon status" has been recognized postumously. He must have been an amazing person to be around.
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it was a controversial run, and if you ask people that knew Mickey in regular racing they have some crazy shit to say , but would never speak on record about it .... My friend did a documentary on the whole deal , never aired on tv but is amazing ! its a whole nother story that was never told in the media of the day ... too kool.
What is the documentary, and is it somehow available?
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:34 PM   #13
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I got my copy of "Challenger" at a garage sale for .50 cents. One of my prized books.
Quite a bargain for a very hard to come by book. Hang on to it!! One of my prized books as well.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:37 PM   #14
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yea, so tell us the real story
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:08 PM   #15
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Mickey Thompson (in my opinion) is probably the most innovative, influential hotrodder in history. In the 50s, 60, and 70s, Mickey had his hand in nearly everything. He raced cars, he built parts, he sold parts, he promoted events. The guy was everywhere, and successful in nearly everything he ever did.

Smokey Yunick said, "Mickey had balls the size of an elephant". Smokey thought very highly of Mickey, and Smokey didn't like too many people. That's enough for me.
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:08 PM   #16
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Thanks for the article. I'm a huge Mickey Thompson fan...not just because he was a fellow Pontiac guy, but because he was a thinker AND a do-er. Mickey was about the best example of Great American Spirit you will ever find.


By the way...those big blown Ponchos sounded pretty damn bad ass flying through the traps.

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Old 02-09-2012, 10:09 PM   #17
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Mickey Thompson (in my opinion) is probably the most innovative, influential hotrodder in history. In the 50s, 60, and 70s, Mickey had his hand in nearly everything. He raced cars, he built parts, he sold parts, he promoted events. The guy was everywhere, and successful in nearly everything he ever did.

Smokey Yunick said, "Mickey had balls the size of an elephant". Smokey thought very highly of Mickey, and Smokey didn't like too many people. That's enough for me.
He also managed Lion's, and I think they drug in the salt when he walked.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:13 PM   #18
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"Mickey had balls the size of an elephant". Damn straight.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:23 PM   #19
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Mickey Thompson was indeed a smart man with the drive to succeed.
Not to take ANYTHING away from his accomplishments, but I understand he was a shrewd business man. The SCORE deal left hard feelings with his ex-partner who was at some point a 'person of interest' after MTs death.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:29 PM   #20
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i think his ex partner had him done in
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