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Danny Thompson's attempt to break the wheel-driven land speed record at Mike Cook's Land Speed Shootout has come to an abrupt end. Thompson was not injured, but Challenger 2 sustained heavy damage to the rear suport and suspension components when the streamliner blew a rear tire "coming up on the mile," according to the Shootout team. The team evaluated the damage and concluded that they could no...
Monday, 15 August 2016
Watch Danny Thompson, the 66-year-old son of the late Mickey Thompson, break the AA/FS class land speed record with a 402mph run Sunday on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Challenger II. Dash cam footage...
Sunday, 14 August 2016
Danny Thompson, the 66-year-old son of the late Mickey Thompson, has broken the current AA/FS class land speed record after a 402mph run Sunday on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Challenger II; the car ...
Saturday, 13 August 2016
After a two-year break because of bad weather, Speedweek is underway on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Danny Thompson, the 66-year-old son of the late Mickey Thompson, made a 411mph run in his first atte...
Monday, 18 July 2016
Danny Thompson's goal of achieving a new Land Speed Record for piston-driven vehicles continues with Challenger 2. The car originally built by Danny's father, the late Mickey Thompson, in 1968 had be...
Saturday, 05 December 2015
William R. "Bill" Burke, once known as "Mr. Hotrod," passed suddenly Nov. 25 from a massive stroke. An unquestioned pioneer of the early California hot rod car culture that gave rise to racing on the...
Thursday, 27 August 2015
The United States in the late 1950s was car crazy. This was especially true on the West Coast, specifically the Southern California region which was just starting to blossom and grow. It truly would ...
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Twelve people have gone over 400mph in a piston-powered car. I'm the most recent one. The twelfth man. I'm exceptionally proud of that, because after ﬁve years of hard work, I ﬁnally understand what ...
Monday, 24 August 2015
The RACER team has supported Danny Thompson and his Challenger 2 project since since he first shared his dream with us in the late 1990s. We applaud his courage and commitment to achieving the lofty ...
Friday, 08 May 2015
It's been seven months since Danny Thompson's goal of achieving a new Land Speed Record for piston-driven vehicles was postponed by a combination of mechanical and natural issues, but his drive for 4...
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Danny Thompson has confirmed that his rebuilt Challenger II will make its final runs of 2014 at the SCTA's World Finals event in Bonneville, Utah. The meet begins Saturday, Sept. 27, and goes until F...
Friday, 18 July 2014
Danny Thompson's quest to bring his late father's "Challenger II" back to life 46 years after it was built to chase the World Land Speed Record for piston- and wheel-driven vehicles took a big step t...
Monday, 14 July 2014
"We hit 317mph on our second pass today. We experienced no issues with the car and successfully gathered all the data we needed for the upcoming SCTA and FIA events later this year. Given today’s pos...
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Danny Thompson got his "Challenger II" Land Speed Record car up to speed on the Bonneville Salt Flats Friday, as he and his team moved closer to attempting a challenge to the existing wheel-driven LS...
Friday, 11 July 2014
It took 46 years, but the Challenger II has finally returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats as Danny Thompson moved a step closer to finishing the quest his late father, Mickey Thompson started in 1968...
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