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Hot Rods Land Speed Legend For Sale

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,217


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Land Speed Legend For Sale


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  2. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,532


    Wow, didn't see this coming. But it will be interesting to see what this iconic streamliner will bring. And I hope it will kick up some salt again.
  3. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 25,992


    Sounds like a smart move, Danny met his goal, has the Record, time to move on to other things. Hope the next owner races it. Bob
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  4. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,407

    Jalopy Joker

    gotta do what ya gotta do
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  5. I watched Danny working on this vehicle one day at his shop. He never said more than 10 words at the time. I took some amazing photos that I cherish and will now share. I was waiting for all the PR that was done by Holley Martin to be seen and absorbed.
    At the time Danny's Father's killer was convicted, which, seemed to me, took a lot off of Danny's shoulders and moved the build forward to the point of now
    This vehicle, in-which Danny sold many of his other Dad's vehicles to pay for the effort, is now history of both Mickey and Danny and it needs it's place to be seen and admired.
    So, it needs the right home, not a cave of a rich investor, but a home where the public can come see what two great men can achieve both in self and historical.
    And lets be honest, as have seen, the chance of it leaving ground and crumple is high, and would be a great loss to the history of Land Speed and Automotive Greats.
    Thompson Impound HAMB.jpg
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  6. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 653

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    That would be cool to buy and race. But I think I'd be scared to go that fast.
  7. Mickey Thompson never threw anything out. I can imagine what he had stored away. I'm glad the son got it running and set a new record with the car. And with 1968 technology. I hope it runs again.
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  8. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 13,930


    With all of it's history, I'd kinda rather see it in a museum (or traveling around to shows or something) rather than see it get raced again, because if you're going to challenge the record with it, you're going to have to modify it, and risk damaging it, and I'd like to see it just like it is, forever.
  9. Michael Ottavi
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 39

    Michael Ottavi

    It really belongs in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. If there ever was an American treasure it is it.
  10. 6sally6
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 800


    It had 4 ....421 Pontiac engines.............right?
    Joined: May 5, 2015
    Posts: 596


    It has made its mark on history. Time to walk away while they are still ahead. Reminds me of the Spirit of St. Louis.
  12. It has twin 500 c.i. Chrysler Hemi's running on nitro.

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  13. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 4,702

    from Hampsha

    Sally's thinking of the earlier Challenger, believe there were pics in Mickey's book.
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  14. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 6,926


    With everything that Danny sacrificed to break the record I hope the auction goes his way. I have never met him, but have seen and touched the car, it is a work of art.
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  15. Actually Danny changed and improved almost everything under the skin. And the skin has changes
    So it was 2017 Technology that got him there.
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  16. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,887

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    I agree with Squablow, in that (no matter who buys it) it would be cool to see it tour some shows and get loaned about to various museums. Speaking of which, Garlits' museum in Ocala is a stones throw from Kissimmee. Delivery would be a cinch. Maybe Big Daddy will be at the auction...
    5000 HP, 450 MPH (on salt). I'm telling ya, a set of brass ones to strap in and grab the wheel!
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  17. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,624


    I'd agree that it is time for that one to become a museum piece where folks can see it for generations to come.
    I also hope that he comes out well financially on it as he did sacrifice lot to get it all together.
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  18. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 4,739


    Challenger I had the 4 Pontiac motors. It is on loan from the Thompson family to the World of Speed Motorsports Museum in Wilsonville, Oregon and is on display there.

    Challenger.jpeg Challenger1.jpeg
  19. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,284

    rd martin
    from indiana

    have heard it was going to auction, anybody know what auction and when?
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  20. pprather
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,384


    See post #1.

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  21. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,622

    frank spittle

    Not taking anything away from Challenger 2 but Challenger 1 should have been in the Smithsonian 50 years ago.
  22. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,446

    from Burton, MI

    Dang....just....dang. What a HUGE chunk of history right there.
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  23. Michael Ottavi
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 39

    Michael Ottavi

    Frank, they both should be in the Smithsonian. But the Challenger 2 is the one with the SCTA record and the history for a GREAT movie about the American spirit of never giving up.
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  24. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 193

    from devore, Ca

    Got to see the record run, if you haven't ever been to Bonneville, you need to go.
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  25. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,622

    frank spittle

    Yes Michael, no one was pulling for Danny to set the piston powered record more than myself. I personally believe his father is the greatest motorsports personality EVER and drove the fastest race car on the planet in 1960. There was no other car to share the publicity with and it also became the most famous. As a 16 year old speed freak I was already a Mickey Thompson fan and he became a hero to me with that 406 mph run in Challenger 1, the fastest speed ever recorded on land at the time. History will determine which Challenger will be the most famous but #1 has a 50 plus year head start.
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  26. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 13,585


  27. Both are amazing pieces of automotive history- a lot of blood sweat and tears went into their creation. I hope someone buys it to preserve it.
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  28. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,284

    rd martin
    from indiana

    im getting old stogy! if there was a picture of a hamburger there i woudnt have missed that!:p:cool:
  29. dreracecar
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
    Posts: 2,843

    from so-cal

    The "Smith" has some historic cars in their basement, never to be seen again. do you really want this as the fate for these cars? Fonzies leather jacket gets more respect then the race cars
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  30. I watched Danny break his dads record back in 2016 and met him just after, nice car and a great guy. I believe it should be preserved in a museum out of respect for Micky and Danny.
    Whatever happens i hope Danny gets back a good part of what he invested in it. JW

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