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Event Coverage Danny Thompson & Challenger II

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. BCR
    Joined: Dec 11, 2005
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    So happy for him.
  2. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,738

    A Boner

    Legendary hot rod hero and his Son.....the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree!
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  3. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,800

    from Indy

    and I saw it all in person on my 1st trip to the salt. life is good
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  4. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
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  5. Last edited: Aug 15, 2016
  6. I was there...understand that Don Prudeholm (sp) was on his crew. It was fantastic to watch and hear.
  7. so_dak_kid
    Joined: Oct 12, 2010
    Posts: 324


    Great article and video I read and watched today on CNN ! Congrats Danny, your dad would be proud!

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  8. pontman
    Joined: Mar 18, 2011
    Posts: 401


    So damn cool! I was out at the 3 3/4 mark when Danny ran on the record.
  9. Correct ... Don "The Snake" Prudhomme was in the CHALLENGER II pit:

    Danny Thompson & Don Prudhomme @ Bonneville-Speed Week 2016 (1).jpg
    Danny Thompson & Don Prudhomme @ Bonneville-Speed Week 2016 (3).jpg
    Danny Thompson & Don Prudhomme @ Bonneville-Speed Week 2016 (2).jpg
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2016
  10. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Absolutely fantastic! BIG friggin' DEAL alright.
  11. rod1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Posts: 737


    What a weekend!I was so fortunate to be there .America is still a great place to be!
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  12. joe.didio
    Joined: Oct 4, 2014
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    That was COOL, worth watching, wish I was there..........
  13. And gotta say the crew was nothing but class. Hanging out and watching them work and answer questions about the history and specs on the machine was great.
    Real guys being real professional.
  14. gonzo
    Joined: Dec 24, 2003
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  15. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
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    Great story, the audio is wonderful.
  16. das858
    Joined: Jul 28, 2010
    Posts: 694


    Congratulations Danny Thompson! This is what is possible when you never give up, stay focused on your goal, and don't quit.
  17. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
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    jimmy six

    His new record was 406. I heard he requalified today at 411. I guess he and the crew will be back out in the morning trying to raise the record up a bit. I hope the salt gods are smiling tomorrow morning.
  18. That is outstanding....Those who got to witness this saw something special.
  19. Not true ... Check the dates on that info.

    Danny qualified for the record (with the 411.191 mph pass) on Saturday ... and then on Sunday, he ran 402.348 mph to set the (2-way average) record of 406.769 mph.

    The Challenger II team stuck around on Monday to practice "turning around" the car within one hour (in preparation for their FIA record attempt at the "Cook's Shootout" Bonneville event in September) ... and then packed up and headed back home.

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    Last edited: Aug 17, 2016
  20. Awesome news and plenty of video coverage rolling in....
  21. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
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    jimmy six

    Yep found that out this morning. It was something I heard and hoped it was true. I'm sure he will be back for Cooks Shootout in September.
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  22. joe buck
    Joined: Apr 22, 2009
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    joe buck

  23. I met Danny about three years ago when he was by himself in a shop working on the vehicle.
    He was so focused I don't know if he knew we were there.
    To help pay for the attempt, he was selling of items that he had gotten from his father.
    I was lucky enough to get a Mickey Thompson jacket.
  24. Ol Deuce
    Joined: May 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,188

    Ol Deuce
    from Mt. U.S.A.

    Danny is a very nice person !!! :D
  25. JC Sparks
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 708

    JC Sparks
    from Ohio

    We were loading up on the return road at the 5 mile when he went by. It was hitting on all 16 holes. JC
  26. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,671

    from Neosho, MO

    My best memory of Speedweek was watching him back up the record breaking run. The sound of a car pulling hard at that speed is unforgettable.

  27. Damn, I saw Don there in Danny's pit but didn't recognise him, too busy watching them put all the panels on. JW
  28. gas pumper
    Joined: Aug 13, 2007
    Posts: 2,953

    gas pumper

    I was at Speedweek too and visited the DT pit. What an assume achievement.

    We ran on the same course all week and from the 3 to the 5 the conditions were not good. 4 wheel drive I'm sure helped but we thought that the soft mud under the salt was holding our car back from higher speeds.

    At the motel, we met a crew guy who helped build the car in 1968, and toured the show circuit with it, and is back working on this version of the car.
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