Thank you for taking the time to let us know this piece of History, brilliant. I have been told by the seller that his Dad was murdered ?(Mickey, i mean was murdered ? )Let me try - can't remember where I read about this...
As we all know back in the early 60s Mickey Thompson had bad luck with his Challenger I and never was able to get the official LSR.
(Although the car had prooved that it truly had the potential...)
Mickey didn't give up and came back with a new car called "Autolite Special". This new vehicle had a similar arrow-like design like the Summers Brothers' "Goldenrod" a few years ago. Again it was not meant to be a success story and when Sponsor Ford in 1968 withdrew from the project (and from almost every racing activities) this seemed to be the end of this story. The Autolite Special got stored and was more or less forgotten.
Then in 2010 - after 42 years - Mickey's son Danny Thompson took the chance to restore the car, renamed it in "Challenger 2" and targeted the LSR for piston engined cars.
On Aug 12th 2018 Danny reached a new official land speed record for piston engined cars with 448mph - almost exactly 50 after his father's first attempt with exactly the same car!
How cool is this?
Yes, sadly this is true.Thank you for taking the time to let us know this piece of History, brilliant. I have been told by the seller that his Dad was murdered ?(Mickey, i mean was murdered ? )