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History Mickey Thompson's Monster...

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jive-Bomber, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. Jive-Bomber
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    Mickey Thompson's Monster...

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  2. frank spittle
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    WOW, that's one I don't remember. I thought I was familiar with all of his creations.
     
  3. Crazy I tell you Crazy,,,,,
    Amazing machinery, I wonder what happened to it?
     
  4. Just because a TJJ Blog / H.A.M.B. thread can never have enough pics:

    Mickey Thompson's Twin Blown Pontiac 4WD Dragster (color).png
    Mickey Thompson's Twin Blown Pontiac 4WD Dragster.jpg
    Mickey Thompson's Twin Blown Pontiac 4WD Dragster at LIONS in 1961.jpg
    Mickey Thompson and his Twin Blown Pontiac 4WD Dragster at LIONS in 1961.jpg
     
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  5. Beautiful car! I've never seen much written up about Thompson's Monster. I believe I've heard Ivo mention that he got plenty of advice and insight from Mickey when he was designing and building his four engine, four wheel drive dragster, Showboat.
     
  6. Austinrod
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    Is this the one a driver died in ?
     
  7. Inked Monkey
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    I just had an older neighbor give me some old Hot Rod magazines. One of which was that one! August 1961
     
  8. 6sally6
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    I remember reading this Hot Rod issue when I was...........12! Mickey was wayyyyyyy ahead of his time.
    Is the story of his strange death in HAMB somewhere?
    6sally65
     
  9. catdad49
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    A Magnificent Man and Machine! I have that issue, but the cover is long gone.
     
  10. pitman
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    look back a few years, it's here.
     
  11. seb fontana
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    I believe I got book from amazon..
     
  12. Ah, back in the day when there was people who would try 'experiments'. Hot Rod would trumpet them, they'd run a few times then usually disappear if they didn't crash. Multi engines, rear engines, sidewinders with chain drives, 4WD, exotic motors, streamliners, all sorts of stuff. Occasionally somebody would make it work; Jim Lytle's Allison-powered '34 Ford sedan comes to mind and of course Garlits' rear engine top fueler. But for every success, there was many failures, even among the 'big names'....
     
  13. jimmy six
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    NHRA = no ovations please
     
  14. pitman
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    Hemi32, any idea how it was steered?
     
  15. Stan Back
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    I see a wheel in the cockpit.
     
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  16. frank spittle
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    Mickey Thompson had a brilliant mind to concoct all his creations but it took his sidekick to bring them to fruition. I don't believe many of his legendary cars would had the success (or maybe even been built) if there had not been a Fritz Voigt. I was at many shows where he was at later in his life but didn't understand how vital he was at those times. I regret not finding out until after his passing or I would have been one of his fans talking to him.
     
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  17. pitman
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    Smart remark, two up. :cool:
    Question is: w/two live axles,
    U-joints? Ala modern CV joints?
    Rot. the entire front axle, ala a go-kart?
    (In the article, a front overhead shot shows a centermount steering box. The kingpin areas are hidden by the slicks.)
     
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