MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND

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MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« on: March 07, 2016, 10:37:33 PM »
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Mickey Thompson
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Marion Lee "Mickey" Thompson (December 7, 1928 – March 16, 1988) was an American off-road racing celebrity.

A hot rodder since his youth, Thompson increasingly pursued land speed records in his late 20s and early 30s. He achieved international fame in 1960 when he become the first American to break the 400 mph barrier, driving his Challenger 1 to a one-way top speed of 406.60 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats and surpassing John Cobb's one-way world record mark of 402 mph.

Thompson then turned to racing, winning many track and dragster championships. Later he formed sanctioning bodies SCORE International and Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group (MTEG).

In 1988 Thompson and his wife Trudy were mysteriously gunned down at their home in Bradbury, California. The crime remained unsolved until 2007, when a former businessman was convicted of having orchestrated the murders.

Early history
Thompson was born in Alhambra, California. In his early twenties, he worked as a pressman for the Los Angeles Times newspaper while pursuing a lifelong love of Hot rodding. Raising his sights, he became involved in the new sport of drag racing. Tireless and innovative, he found success both as a championship driver and an instinctive automotive technician.

Over the course of his career Thompson set more speed and endurance records than any other man in automotive history. He is credited with designing and building the first slingshot dragster, in 1954, moving the seat behind the rear axle to improve traction when existing racing tires proved unable to handle the output of increasingly powerful custom engines. A change so momentous would not happen again until Don Garlits introduced the rear-engined digger in 1971. Thompson also was noted for being the first manager of Lions Drag Strip near Long Beach, California, in 1955.

Determined to set a new land speed record Thompson achieved international fame when he drove his four-engined Challenger 1 past 400 mph in 1960 at the Bonneville Salt Flats, becoming the first American to break that barrier and setting a new one-way mark of 406.60 mph, surpassing John Cobb's one-way high of 402 mph.

INDY YEARS
1962
The 1962 Harvey Aluminium Special Indianapolis 500 car. Thompson in car. Standing, Harvey representative on left, John Crosthwaite on rightIn 1962 Thompson entered three John Crosthwaite designed cars in the Indianapolis 500. Unusually, they used a stock V8 Buick engine and it was in the rear unlike the front engined, race tuned, Offenhauser powered cars used by most competitors. It was the first stock engine to be raced at Indy since 1946. Thompson's crew, led by Fritz Voigt, were young, smart and hard working. Working 12-14 hour days, the car was designed and built in 120 days. For the race, the engine (enlarged to 4.2 litre capacity, the maximum allowed by the regulations for “stock block” engines) had to be detuned because they were concerned it would not last the distance. Despite being more than 70 bhp down on the other cars, Dan Gurney qualified eighth and was in ninth place until a leaking oil seal seized the gearbox and ended his race on lap 94. He was placed 20th out of 33. The team won the Mechanical Achievement Award for original design, construction and accomplishment

1963
Thompson's promotion skills pleased the sponsors with the publicity generated that year. For the 1963 Indianapolis 500 Crosthwaite designed the innovative Harvey Aluminium Special "roller skate car" with the then pioneering smaller profile (12 inch diameter) and wide racing tires (front 7 inches and rear 9 inches wide) and wheels. Thompson took five cars to Indianapolis. Two of the previous year's design with Chevrolet V8 engines and three roller skate cars. One of the new cars, the Harvey Titanium Special, featured a lightweight titanium chassis. Al Miller II raced one of the modified 1962 cars to ninth place despite only qualifying in 31st position. Duane Carter qualified one of the roller skate cars 15th but was only placed 23rd after an engine failure on the 100th lap. The small tire sizes and low car weights caused complaints amongst the old hands and owners, so for future races, cars were restricted to minimum tire sizes and minimum car weights.

1962 Formula One World Champion Graham Hill tested one of the roller skate cars at Indianapolis in 1963, but refused to race it citing its poor handling.

In 1963 Thompson traveled to England where, along with Dante Duce, he demonstrated his Ford-powered top fuel Harvey Aluminum Special dragster at the Brighton Speed Trials. It was then displayed at the Racing Car Show in London in January 1964

1964
Thompson brought three modified 12-inch tire cars to the 1964 Indianapolis 500, but new rules required him to use 15-inch tires. The Allstate sponsored team used Allstate tires and Ford engines. The chassis had to be altered to accommodate the larger Ford engines. Two of them qualified for the race. The car No.84 began the month with Masten Gregory as the driver but Eddie Johnson in car No.84 qualified 24th and finished 26th. Dave McDonald in car No.83 qualified 14th and died in a fiery crash on the second lap.

1965–1968
Thompson went back to Indy in 1965 but failed to qualify in an attempt with a front engine roadster. He skipped 1966 but tried again in 1967 and 1968, again failing to qualify either year.The 1967 attempt used a unique all wheel drive rear engine design that steered both front and rear wheels, but Gary Congdon was unable to qualify any of the three cars.

Post Indy
Thompson campaigned a funny car in 1971 In 1965 Thompson published "Challenger: Mickey Thompson's own story of his life of speed." In 1968, he redesigned the funny car, and went on to win the 1969 NHRA Spring Nationals and NHRA Nationals with driver Danny Ongais. In his long career, Thompson raced everything from stock cars to off-road vehicles and engineered numerous competition engines. He went into the performance aftermarket business in the early 1960s and then, in 1963, he created "Mickey Thompson Performance Tires" that developed special tires for racing including for Indianapolis 500 competitors.

Thompson founded SCORE International in 1973, a sanctioning body to oversee off-road racing across North America. He and his wife Trudy formed the "Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group" (MTEG) which ran an indoor motocross and off-road vehicle racing show and competition that brought the sport from the back-country to major metropolitan stadiums and arenas.

Murder
On March 16, 1988, Thompson and his wife Trudy were killed by two hooded gunmen outside their home in Bradbury, California in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

On the morning of the murder a pair of unknown assailants waited outside the Thompson home for the couple to leave for the day. Mickey opened the garage door for his wife to pull out in her vehicle, and as he headed for his own car the gunmen attacked. He was shot and wounded, then dragged out into the driveway while one of the attackers went after Trudy as she backed out. Killing her, the gunman then came back up the driveway where the other gunman was watching over Mickey and shot him fatally in the head.The attackers then made their escape on the bicycles they had ridden to the Thompson residence.

An intense police investigation failed to uncover either the identity of the mystery gunmen, or a motive for the crime. It remained a dead-end until 2001, when former Thompson business partner Michael Frank Goodwin was charged in Orange County, California with the murders.Before a trial could be completed that case was overturned on jurisdictional grounds by the California District Court of Appeal. On June 8, 2004, Goodwin was formally charged with the murders in Pasadena in Los Angeles County. In October 2006, a Pasadena Superior Court judge ordered Goodwin to stand trial.

On January 4, 2007, a jury found the accused guilty of two counts of murder in the death of Thompson and his wife. Goodwin was sentenced to two consecutive life-without-parole terms. A subsequent motion for a new trial was denied.

The murder investigation was the subject of an episode of NBC's Unsolved Mysteries and Investigation Discovery's Murder Book. It was also the subject of the April 28, 2007 episode of the CBS television program 48 Hours Mystery. The 2004 CSI episode "Early Rollout" was based on this murder case. TV coverage, and its fictionalisation through CSI, were cited by the defense team in the murder trial as having created a "folklore" around the case, preventing a fair trial.

Thompson, his wife and his pets are interred in the Rose Hills Memorial Park, in Whittier, California.







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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2016, 03:50:52 PM »
Mickey Thompson
The Mickey Thompson story is as inspiring as it is tragic. In an era of specialization in motorsports, where racers pick one venue and stick to it, Mickey Thompson did it all: hot rodding, drag racing, sports car racing, off-road and desert racing, the Indy 500, stadium racing and chasing speed records. But as impressive as his legacy is, the world was cheated out of knowing the full potential of Mickey Thompson’s genius and endless energy the day he and his wife were murdered at their home on March 16, 1988.
 
Born in 1928 in California, Mickey Thompson inherited a high degree of toughness from his father, a stern, Irish cop. That toughness was transformed into an attitude where nothing was impossible if enough time and effort were put forth. It was an attitude that consumed his life. He was impatient, always in a hurry, with multiple projects going full speed at the same time -- and there was no time to waste. Sleep, which he didn’t require much of, was simply an interruption to his work. At the age of 14, Thompson bought his first car, a 1927 Chevy, for $7.50. Even before he was old enough to legally drive on the street, he was racing his home-built cars on the dry lakes of California, where he quickly earned a reputation for going fast. Mickey Thompson simply wanted to get from point A, to point B, faster than anyone else. In 1955, he designed and introduced the slingshot dragster to the sport, which put the driver not only behind the engine, but behind the rear axle. That same year he talked his way into managing the brand new Lions Club Associated Drag Strip in Long Beach, California.
 
He was a hands-on manager, doing everything from selling tickets, running concessions, directing crowds, and, of course, making the rules and officiating the races. He gave hot rodders what they wanted by experimenting with innovations like night races, grudge racing, and was the first to create the “Christmas tree” starting system, soon to replace the human flagman at drag strips across the country. Thompson managed the Lions Drag Strip until 1964, while also running his muffler shop in El Monte, California, and holding down a job as a color pressman on the graveyard shift of the Los Angeles Times, all the while building his race car projects. He soon gave up newspaper work to devote more time to Challenger I, his first land speed record project, and to the speed parts manufacturing business he had just started, the Mickey Thompson Equipment Co. His company made valve covers, exhaust headers, mufflers, aluminum intake manifolds and other performance equipment. The Mickey Thompson brand of high performance parts and tires remains popular to this day. In 1960, Thompson took his Challenger 1 to the Bonneville Salt Flats. On his first pass, Thompson clocked 406.60 mph to become the first American to exceed 400 mph. A mechanical failure on the return trip kept the record from becoming official, as it requires the average speed of two runs, but nevertheless, Mickey Thompson was hailed in the press as the “Fastest Man on Wheels.”
 
Thompson’s mind was always working, always trying to make things better, so cars would go faster. In 1962 he built America’s first mid-engined Indy car. In 1963 he introduced the first wide-profile, low-aspect-ratio tires at the Indianapolis 500. In 1969 he raced at Baja for the first time. Soon, the name Mickey Thompson would become synonymous with off-road and desert racing. In 1978, coinciding with the increasing number of indoor, domed stadiums, he established Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group, the sanctioning body for indoor stadium off-road racing. In 1986, he used his genius to the benefit of all drivers, when he invented and patented the Hydro-barricade, a water-filled highway safety barrier that has since saved countless lives on and off the track. Despite all his track and business successes,
 
Mickey Thompson considered himself a hot rodder at heart. If you would have called him the greatest hot rodder who ever lived, you would have paid him the highest compliment. When the lives of Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy were taken on that early March morning of 1988, the world of motorsports truly lost one of its greatest heroes. Even though Mickey Thompson was no longer himself chasing records, there is no doubt that his ingenuity would have continued for many years to come in order to make others go faster. His motto, “stand on the gas,” lives on.

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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2016, 03:53:50 PM »
In 1962, Mickey bolted on aluminum Hemi heads, of his own design and manufacture, to his Pontiac powered dragster. With Jack Chrisman driving, the slingshot beat Don Garlits for Top Eliminator at the Indy Nationals. Jack also set low ET and top speed of the weekend! Here is the M/T Hemi Pontiac putting away Don Garlits.


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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2016, 04:50:39 PM »
Mickey Thompson Attempt
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After successfully setting a number of national and international records in his Assault I dragster at March AFB on May 14, 1960, Mickey Thompson returned on July 9 the following year with a fleet of cars. His intention: To break as many records as he could in the day allotted on the 8,000 ft. runway.

The four-car team consisted of a Class F Dragmaster powered by a blown two-cylinder Pontiac Tempest, the fully streamlined Attempt powered by Class D and E four-cylinders, the blown 303 Pontiac-powered Assault I from the previous year and a 389-powered Pontiac Catalina. This time all the cars were painted dark blue and despite the 109-degree heat Mickey hopped from car to car and drove to 14 of 18 possible records.

Seven inches shorter than the Assault, the Attempt had a 96-inch wheelbase Dragmaster frame built by Jim Nelson and Dode Martin. Front tread was 38 inches while the rear was just 35 inches. Unlike the Assault, Attempt had a fully streamlined aluminum body hand formed by Jim Burrell of Burbank. Mickey was rightly convinced that aerodynamics played an important role in high-speed records attempts. A plastic canopy completed the package, however, Mickey had to wear a mask with an air supply.

The rear tires were Goodyear Blue Dragon slicks while the fronts were likewise Goodyears but shaved to a width of just 1.5 inches and mounted on 12-spoke spindle mounts.

Mickey had planned to run two engines, both ’61 4-cylinder Pontiac Tempests, however, strong side winds caused him to abandon the D Class attempt. This engine was de-stroked ¼-inch to 3-1/2 inches to reduce displacement to 180 ci. The bore was stock at 4-1/16-inches. Inside, there was a factory-optional, forged steel crankshaft and M/T aluminum rods, pistons and a roller tappet camshaft. A 4-71 Jimmy was driven at 94 percent of engine speed for 22 psi of boost. Air was inducted through a hole in the body and directed to the blower with flexible hose. With a blend of methanol and nitro, horsepower was estimated at 460 at 7,000 rpm.

The Class E engine had sleeved cylinders of 3-9/16-inches bore and a stroke shortened from 3-3/4 –inches to 3-inches, the capacity was just 120 cubic inches. The blower was a 3-71 GMC driven at 1.13 times crankshaft speed resulting in 20 psi of boost. The engine was rated at 420 hp at 7,400 rpm.

Mickey started his runs at 6 am and was finished by 10 minutes after noon. Unfortunately, the winds and the poor surface of the runway caused by constant bomber landings made the dragsters difficult to handle—the ruts throwing them from side to side. Nevertheless, Mickey achieved eight new records over the kilometer and mile.

Running in Class E, the Attempt broke Rex Mays’ kilometer record set in an E.R.A., bumping the speed from 89.73 to 96.368 mph. Over the mile distance he bested Liechenstein’s record of 94.01 mph set in a Bugatti by going 114.349 mph.

Long after these cars had been mothballed, sometime in the mid-1980’s, a wild fire raged through the Bradbury, California hills where Mickey lived and stored his collection. Despite fighting the fire with a 2-inch hose up to the door of his house, the cars were badly damaged. Soon after, in March 1988, Mickey and then wife Trudy were brutally murdered in their driveway. Eventually, however, Jim Travis with some help from Mickey’s son Danny restored the cars and for many years the Attempt and the Assault I, along with the Challenger, resided in the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Pomona, California. In 2013, the Attempt was acquired by the World of Speed as part of its permanent collection in Wilsonville, Oregon.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2016, 05:00:02 PM »
Mickey ran a lot of Dragmaster chassis, taking full advantage of their off-the-shelf availability and light weight. It was not unusual for Mickey to build a brand new car every 3 or months in the late 50's and early 60's. Here are three record cars, the V8 powered Assault 1 (furthest from camera),the Attempt 1 and a second 4-cylinder lightweight, all Pontiac powered Dragmaster IV's.

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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2016, 06:41:45 PM »
I can't think of anyone who has accomplished more than Mickey Thompson.

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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2016, 07:39:43 PM »
From Hemmings...........
Of all the old race cars that Mickey Thompson held on to after they proved no longer competitive, the one that perhaps meant the most to him, the 1962-1963 Harvey Aluminum/Harcraft Special Indy 500 car, remained in his family and covered in a layer of dust up until last year, when it changed hands for the first time and began a journey that took it to the Hershey show field this past weekend.

For Thompson, who by the early 1960s had made a name for himself as an accomplished drag racer and land-speed racer, the Indianapolis 500 seemed a logical next step. Except he wouldn’t merely buy a front-engine Offy-powered car and run with the good ol’ boys there; instead, he aimed from the beginning to win, and to do so with his own from-scratch design.

As Erik Arneson, author of “Mickey Thompson: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of a Racing Legend,” wrote, Thompson teamed up with British chassis designer John Crosthwaite to build three Buick-powered mid-engine fully independent-suspension cars for the 1962 race, all sponsored by Harvey Aluminum. He initially conscripted Chuck Daigh to drive one of the three cars, but eventually went with Formula 1 driver Dan Gurney. As Gurney told Arneson:

    I don’t remember if he came up to me or I went up to him, but the first time I got in Mickey’s car, I knew it was a good car – a very good car. They were having a little trouble with the engine, but they were willing to work day and night to get it right. Mickey was a very charismatic leader of his group, and a lot of his people believed in his vision and were willing to go for it.

Gurney, an Indy 500 rookie that year, qualified eighth in the car and managed 92 laps before the car blew an improperly installed grease seal in the transaxle and the gears locked up. He was awarded 20th place for the official record. Thompson, for his effort, walked away with 59 of 67 votes for the D-A Lubricant Award for Mechanical Achievement, an award that, as Arneson wrote, meant more to Thompson than any other award he received.
Despite the DNF, Thompson believed the car still had potential. He repowered it with a small-block Chevrolet V-8 and took it to Bonneville that year, setting 35 national and eight international speed records with it. And he began to formulate plans for another stab at Indy in it.

Of the three mid-engine cars Thompson built for 1962, two would return alongside three new lower and wider Crosthwaite-designed cars built around Thompson’s specification for 12-inch wheels. Harvey Aluminum returned as a sponsor, but this time under the name Harcraft. With Bill Cheesbourg at the wheel (Gurney had signed with Ford for 1964), the former Gurney car failed to qualify, though one of the newer designs managed to finish ninth.

Thompson took the Gurney/Cheesbourg car back to California, where it then sat untouched for more than 50 years, until George Lyons of Erie, Pennsylvania, acting on a lead from Walter Goodwin of Race Car Restorations in Indianapolis, convinced Mickey Thompson’s son, Danny, to sell it to him
yons intended merely to restore the car’s mechanical aspects and leave its body in as-raced condition. In doing so, he learned that the car had plenty of stories to go along with it. The Buick V-8 engine used for the 1962 Indy run, for instance, had two separate Hilborn fuel-injection systems on it: a cross-ram used for qualification and a stack-style used for the race itself. The small-block Chevrolet V-8 in the car now uses a cross-ram Hilborn, but the engine cover retained the holes used for the stack injection. And that Chevrolet V-8 was no normal SBC; rather, it used an aluminum block and heads, measured 254 cubic inches, and a Schaller quarter-speed double-lobe camshaft.

As for the black bars over part of the logo on the 1963 version of the car, Lyons got the story on those too. While Thompson and Harvey Aluminum’s partnership went beyond sponsorship and into developing and casting aluminum parts for Thompson’s efforts, Thompson wasn’t entirely aware of Harvey’s branding practices. Harcraft, a division of Harvey that sold aluminum bathroom fixtures, stood on its own as a brand, but Thompson initially had his 1963 Indy cars lettered with “Harcraft Aluminum Special.” Harvey’s representatives didn’t see the lettering until race day and demanded that Thompson re-letter the cars as “Harcraft Special.” With no time for a complete repaint, Thompson simply had part of the lettering blacked out.

Lyons completed his mechanical restoration of the car in time to run it on the track at Indy earlier this year and then take it to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2016, 05:01:21 PM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2016, 07:57:34 PM »
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2016, 08:02:24 PM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2016, 08:11:36 PM »
CHALLENGER.
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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2016, 05:53:25 PM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2016, 11:41:52 AM »
Mickey's Blown Pontiac Tempest 4.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2016, 11:45:18 AM »
Attempt 1.
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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2016, 11:48:26 AM »
Revell kit of the Attempt 1.
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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2016, 06:11:23 PM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2016, 02:54:59 PM »
Could this May 20 Indianapolis Star article be among the sources causing so many people to believe the Thompson cars were fitted with massive fuel tanks in order to do the entire race without a pit stop?

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« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2016, 02:56:37 PM »
The secret of the steering right rear wheel leaked out very early in the month. This is how the Indianapolis Star newspaper announced it in their May 4 edition.
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« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2016, 03:07:13 PM »
From Wikipedia.
Indy 1962
The 1962 Harvey Aluminium Special Indianapolis 500 car. Thompson in car. Standing, Harvey representative on left, John Crosthwaite on right.
In 1962 Thompson entered three John Crosthwaite designed cars in the Indianapolis 500. Unusually, they used a stock V8 Buick engine and it was in the rear unlike the front engined, race tuned, Offenhauser powered cars used by most competitors. It was the first stock engine to be raced at Indy since 1946. Thompson's crew, led by Fritz Voigt, were young, smart and hard working. Working 12-14 hour days, the car was designed and built in 120 days. For the race, the engine (enlarged to 4.2 litre capacity, the maximum allowed by the regulations for “stock block” engines) had to be detuned because they were concerned it would not last the distance. Despite being more than 70 bhp down on the other cars, Dan Gurney qualified eighth and was in ninth place until a leaking oil seal seized the gearbox and ended his race on lap 94. He was placed 20th out of 33. The team won the Mechanical Achievement Award for original design, construction and accomplishment.

Thompson in car. Standing, Harvey representative on left, John Crosthwaite on right.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2016, 03:30:55 PM »
1955-1964 PONTIAC 389 421 EARLY NOS MICKEY THOMPSON CROSS RAM INTAKE MANIFOLD.
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« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2016, 03:43:36 PM »
Assault I.
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« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2016, 03:49:38 PM »
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« Reply #23 on: June 01, 2016, 03:22:35 PM »
Mickey's  HEMI Pontiac with Chrisman as the driver.
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« Reply #24 on: June 01, 2016, 04:02:20 PM »
Mickey's  HEMI Pontiac with Chrisman as the driver.
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« Reply #25 on: June 01, 2016, 04:11:29 PM »
Mickey & Griffith Borgeson.
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« Reply #26 on: June 01, 2016, 04:11:53 PM »
from left, Darrell Droke, Judy, Mickey, and Fritz Voigt.
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« Reply #27 on: June 01, 2016, 04:12:14 PM »
Mickey Thompson & Danny Ongais Driving.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #28 on: June 01, 2016, 04:12:40 PM »
Jerry Unser & Mickey.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #29 on: June 03, 2016, 12:13:37 AM »
1962 MICKEY THOMPSON THIRD ANNUAL SPEED SHOW.
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« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2016, 12:19:11 AM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2016, 12:20:02 AM »
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« Reply #32 on: June 03, 2016, 12:22:21 AM »
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« Reply #33 on: June 03, 2016, 12:24:05 AM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #34 on: June 05, 2016, 12:01:22 PM »
Qualified 8th with Dan Gurney driving.
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« Reply #35 on: June 05, 2016, 12:26:44 PM »
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« Reply #36 on: June 06, 2016, 09:42:56 AM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #37 on: June 06, 2016, 09:44:07 AM »
Early Mickey Thompson Valve Cover Breathers
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #38 on: June 06, 2016, 09:46:41 AM »
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« Reply #39 on: July 06, 2016, 01:48:46 PM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #40 on: July 28, 2016, 04:14:35 PM »
Norm Grudem Photo's 1955
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« Reply #41 on: July 28, 2016, 04:17:40 PM »
Mickey Thompson's Assault 1
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« Reply #42 on: July 28, 2016, 04:19:58 PM »
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« Reply #43 on: July 28, 2016, 04:22:22 PM »
Mickey Thompson
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« Reply #44 on: July 28, 2016, 04:25:36 PM »
Mickey Thompson
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #45 on: July 28, 2016, 04:28:38 PM »
Mickey Thompson's Indy Car's.
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« Reply #46 on: July 28, 2016, 04:29:26 PM »
Mickey Thompson's Indy Car's.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #47 on: July 28, 2016, 04:30:42 PM »
One of the 1962 cars of Mickey Thompson. This is Chuck Daigh’s rear-engined Thompson-Buick.
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« Reply #48 on: July 28, 2016, 04:32:46 PM »
Mickey Thompson M/T Challenger Wheel Special 1965.
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« Reply #49 on: July 28, 2016, 04:33:51 PM »
Thompson's Wynns Indy Car for 1967.
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« Reply #50 on: July 28, 2016, 04:36:33 PM »
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« Reply #51 on: July 28, 2016, 04:38:17 PM »
Mickey Thompson's Indy Car's.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #52 on: July 28, 2016, 04:42:15 PM »
Mickey Thompson at Bonneville Salt Flats in 1968.Photos Source Henry Platts Ford.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #53 on: July 28, 2016, 04:44:15 PM »
From Hot Rod.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #54 on: July 28, 2016, 04:44:49 PM »
This car became the red  Bonneville record car.
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« Reply #55 on: July 28, 2016, 04:48:46 PM »
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« Reply #56 on: July 28, 2016, 04:54:48 PM »
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« Reply #57 on: July 28, 2016, 04:55:31 PM »
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« Reply #58 on: July 28, 2016, 05:58:06 PM »
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« Reply #59 on: July 28, 2016, 06:00:01 PM »
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« Reply #60 on: July 28, 2016, 06:02:52 PM »
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« Reply #61 on: July 28, 2016, 09:26:55 PM »
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« Reply #62 on: July 28, 2016, 09:34:28 PM »
1/25 H1281-198 Revell Mickey Thompson's Challenger I World's Fastest Car 406.6 MPH
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #63 on: July 28, 2016, 09:36:53 PM »
This was Mickey Thompson's version of the mini bike.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #64 on: July 28, 2016, 10:19:45 PM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #65 on: July 28, 2016, 10:23:26 PM »
Mickey Thompson
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #66 on: July 29, 2016, 10:59:35 AM »
Danny O drove the blue one.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #67 on: July 29, 2016, 11:02:31 AM »
Pat Foster drove the red one.
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« Reply #68 on: July 29, 2016, 11:05:21 AM »
The white Mustang, driven in 1970 by Johnny Wright.
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« Reply #69 on: September 09, 2016, 10:13:43 PM »
Mickey Thompson
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« Reply #70 on: September 09, 2016, 10:14:50 PM »
Moongoose behind the wheel, Mickey,Dave Zeuschel.
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« Reply #71 on: September 09, 2016, 10:16:05 PM »
This car became the red  Bonneville record car.
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« Reply #72 on: September 09, 2016, 10:20:54 PM »
Danny O drove the blue one.
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« Reply #73 on: September 09, 2016, 10:23:19 PM »
Danny O drove the blue one.
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« Reply #74 on: September 09, 2016, 10:24:54 PM »
1968 MICKEY THOMPSON HEADERS
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #75 on: September 09, 2016, 10:25:48 PM »
SBC
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« Reply #76 on: September 09, 2016, 10:29:33 PM »
1965 1/2 Mickey Thompson Speed & Custom Equipment Catalog.
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« Reply #77 on: September 09, 2016, 10:33:26 PM »
Mickey Thompson

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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #78 on: September 09, 2016, 10:36:03 PM »
Micky with a broken back and a model of his LSR car.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #79 on: September 09, 2016, 10:37:48 PM »
Catalog.
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« Reply #80 on: September 09, 2016, 10:38:44 PM »
Catalog.
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« Reply #81 on: September 09, 2016, 10:39:56 PM »
Catalog.
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« Reply #82 on: September 09, 2016, 10:40:52 PM »
Catalog.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #83 on: September 09, 2016, 10:41:45 PM »
Mickey Thompson
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #84 on: September 09, 2016, 10:42:24 PM »
Pit's.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #85 on: September 09, 2016, 10:49:00 PM »
Mickey Thompson's Pinto
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« Reply #86 on: September 09, 2016, 10:51:31 PM »
Mickey Thompson's Pinto models.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #87 on: September 22, 2016, 06:05:21 PM »
CHALLENGER ENGINES
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« Reply #88 on: September 22, 2016, 06:09:10 PM »
Mickey & Danny O.
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« Reply #89 on: September 22, 2016, 06:11:38 PM »
Duntov and Mickey at Riverside 1962.
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« Reply #90 on: September 22, 2016, 06:15:03 PM »
Mickey & Connie.
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« Reply #91 on: September 22, 2016, 06:15:37 PM »
Mickey
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« Reply #92 on: September 22, 2016, 06:16:22 PM »
Mickey Thompson's 1955 Kurtis 500SX Roadster
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« Reply #93 on: September 22, 2016, 06:19:47 PM »
Mickey Thompson's Vette.
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« Reply #94 on: September 22, 2016, 06:22:32 PM »
Pat Foster in Mickey's funny.
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« Reply #95 on: September 23, 2016, 05:43:29 PM »
M/T Dodge 426 wedge V8 with a 12-1 @ 83cc compression ratio pistons.
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« Reply #96 on: September 23, 2016, 05:45:59 PM »
Mickey Thompson shifter.
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« Reply #97 on: September 23, 2016, 05:49:07 PM »
Pinto.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #98 on: September 25, 2016, 12:38:21 PM »
Mustang's.
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« Reply #99 on: October 15, 2016, 12:07:15 PM »
Mickey.
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« Reply #100 on: October 15, 2016, 01:26:59 PM »
Stang's.
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« Reply #101 on: October 15, 2016, 01:29:52 PM »
Mustang's.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #102 on: October 15, 2016, 01:49:49 PM »
If 1 is good,2 must be better.
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« Reply #103 on: October 15, 2016, 01:51:25 PM »
M/T center caps.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #104 on: October 15, 2016, 01:55:56 PM »
Maverick
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« Reply #105 on: October 15, 2016, 02:35:49 PM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #106 on: October 15, 2016, 10:11:27 PM »
What an incredible life  story  so sad the end
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #107 on: October 20, 2016, 06:35:03 AM »
Hello,
     Mickey Thompson ran a great business at his Westside Long Beach shop.  He was an innovator of a lot of things and knew the car racing business from the builder's standpoint. We met him on several occasions at Lions.
     Here is a weird story that came out our involvement in drag racing at Lions Dragstrip in early 1960 and with Mickey Thompson’s Shop in Long Beach.  One day my brother and I were sitting around talking/working on our new 40 Willys build, when a phone call came in asking for my brother.  The caller said he was from Mickey Thompson Enterprises.  Since the shop was about 4 blocks away from our house on the Westside of Long Beach, we took the call. 
    (We had been racing the 58 Chevy Impala in the weekly A/Stock class ever since we bought the new car.  We were fairly successful trophy winners in that class.  We used to go over to Mickey Thompson’s shop to get our Drag News paper and talk “shop” with the people there.)
     The caller identified himself and we knew who he was from going to the shop many times.  He knew of our involvement in drag racing and had a proposal for our 58 Chevy Impala.  Mickey Thompson was experimenting with his supercharged, Pontiac engines and wanted to put one in our 58 Impala.  We had just put in a new, C&O Stick Hydramatic Transmission in the place of the stock 3 speed stick transmission.  Our car was fast as a stocker, but with this C&O, it was really fast off the line.  The 348, C&O and 4:56 gears all worked well together.  (since we were in the early stages of building our 40 Willys, the Impala did triple duty as a daily driver, parts chaser, and a tow car)
     The caller said that he watched our Impala progress over the years and since we were “locals” they wanted to use the car as an experimental project.  They wanted to see how the supercharged Pontiac motor would do in the Impala with the new stick hydro from C&O.  They would do all of the custom installations and conversions.  All we had to do was to continue driving it at the drags in the gasser classes.
     When we told him it was our daily driver, he said that was ok, because it would show that the Pontiac motor was suited to everyday driving and at the drags.  We were all for it, but that we would be without a daily driver for several weeks during the conversion.  My brother could not go to college, I could not go to high school, and my mother could not use it once a week for shopping.   So, what to do?
     In the end, my brother decided that we needed a totally reliable, daily driver, tow car for our 40 Willys.  He also said that it would not be a good fit for our needs because it would actually be a race car disguised as a stock car… We all know how well a race car runs on the street as far as long distance, reliability and daily driving.  Also, my mother needed to be included in this equation for her weekly freedom from two teenagers. We were totally sad of that decision, but family comes first.     
     We also kept dreaming: … that a supercharged Pontiac motor would be sticking out of our motor compartment driving to school…Wow, how cool would that have been…?  What about my mother driving the supercharged Pontiac/Impala to the shopping mall and back?  Now, that would really be something…The comments would be endless…ha !
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #108 on: October 20, 2016, 07:44:31 AM »
Great story!  Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #109 on: October 30, 2016, 12:58:01 AM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #110 on: November 04, 2016, 10:39:10 AM »
Mickey
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #111 on: November 15, 2016, 07:23:52 PM »
Foster was the guy who first started the multiple dry hops.”
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #112 on: November 15, 2016, 07:24:52 PM »
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« Reply #113 on: November 15, 2016, 07:29:48 PM »
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« Reply #114 on: November 15, 2016, 07:31:11 PM »
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« Reply #115 on: November 15, 2016, 07:58:07 PM »
Mickey & friends.
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« Reply #116 on: November 15, 2016, 08:02:57 PM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #117 on: November 15, 2016, 08:07:39 PM »
More Pinto.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #118 on: November 15, 2016, 08:11:54 PM »
Mickey.
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« Reply #119 on: November 15, 2016, 08:13:43 PM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #120 on: December 10, 2016, 12:23:44 PM »
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« Reply #121 on: January 21, 2017, 01:36:45 AM »
Mickey Thompson's  63 N03 Big Tank 1963 Corvette Sting Ray.
Five fuel-injected Z06 Big Tank Corvettes were GM-assigned to legendary racer and team manager Mickey Thompson during 1962. Researched, confirmed and documented by Corvette expert David Burroughs' Prove It service, this vehicle was the personal driver of Mickey Thompson. Extremely rare, this is one of 63 N03 Big Tank 1963 Corvette Sting Ray coupes with RPO Z06 racing option. Restored and presented in period appearance, including lettering and Rader wheels. RPO Z06 Special Equipment Package based on fully independent underpinnings, the new 'Vette formed an outstanding basis for the race-bred RPO Z06 enhancements including a thicker front stabilizer bar, larger diameter shock absorbers and higher rate springs. Braking was improved with greater fade resistance from sintered metallic brake linings, while a dual-circuit master cylinder and vacuum booster enhanced safety and reduced pedal effort. Priced at $1,818, RPO Z06 cost nearly half as much as the basic Corvette coupe. The large capacity RPO N03 fiberglass 36-gallon fuel tank was tailor-made for endurance races to reduce the need for frequent pit stops. Just 63 Corvettes were so-equipped. Corvettes equipped with RPO Z06 were only available with RPO L84 327ci V8 with 360 rated horsepower, courtesy of sophisticated Rochester mechanical fuel-injection, 11.0:1 compression, free-breathing cylinder heads, low-restriction exhaust and a hot solid-lifter camshaft. A Muncie M20 4-speed transmission and posi-traction limited-slip rear end were mandatory options with RPO Z06. To reduce unnecessary weight, some Z06 Corvettes left the St. Louis factory with their radios deleted. All told, 2,610 Corvettes were equipped with the RPO L84 "Fuelie" engine for 1963. Just 199 were equipped with the RPO Z06 Special Performance Equipment package, and only 63 were specified with the RPO N03 36-gallon long range fuel tank. This 1963 split-window Corvette coupe is one of those precious few, and it is even more special with confirmed and documented provenance as the daily driver of Corvette racing team owner Mickey Thompson.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #122 on: January 21, 2017, 01:43:51 AM »
Mickey Thompson's  63 N03 Big Tank 1963 Corvette Sting Ray.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #123 on: January 21, 2017, 01:47:30 AM »
Thompson Halibrand Indy Wheel - 1964 Sears-Allstate Wheels.
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« Reply #124 on: January 21, 2017, 01:49:18 AM »
The four fuel injected Pontiac engines in Mickey Thompson’s “Challenger 1.”
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #125 on: January 30, 2017, 11:53:03 PM »
Mickey.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #126 on: February 13, 2017, 10:55:37 AM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #127 on: February 27, 2017, 08:33:34 PM »
A couple more.
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« Reply #128 on: February 28, 2017, 07:11:53 PM »
What an incredible man, every motorsport endeavor seemed to be nothing but first class.  8)
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #129 on: March 04, 2017, 08:58:25 PM »
M/T 426 Hemi Header Gaskets.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #130 on: March 04, 2017, 09:01:22 PM »
Mickey's truck In The Pits.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #131 on: June 24, 2017, 01:36:28 PM »
1962- Z06 test mule at Sebring.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #132 on: June 24, 2017, 01:37:48 PM »
Didn't this become Drag City ?
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #133 on: June 24, 2017, 01:39:10 PM »
Lions
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #134 on: June 24, 2017, 01:40:46 PM »
Trailer
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #135 on: July 12, 2017, 03:56:17 PM »
1962- Z06 test mule at Sebring.

Possibly another shot from the same day? Or possibly just a race day, with another Vette.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #136 on: July 12, 2017, 05:13:09 PM »
1962- Z06 test mule at Sebring.

Possibly another shot from the same day? Or possibly just a race day, with another Vette.
I have that decal that's on that T shirt.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #137 on: October 03, 2017, 12:02:07 PM »
Danny O drove the blue one.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #138 on: October 03, 2017, 12:03:23 PM »
Mario in one of Mickey's jr dragsters.
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #139 on: October 03, 2017, 12:04:47 PM »
Mickey Thompson IDA Weber Inake for 455 Oldsmobile
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #140 on: October 03, 2017, 12:06:00 PM »
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #141 on: October 12, 2017, 05:41:37 PM »
Driver Dale Pulde
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Re: MICKEY THOMPSON A RACING LEGEND
« Reply #142 on: October 12, 2017, 05:43:54 PM »
A few more.
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