Mickey Thompson: Fastest Man on Wheels

Mickey Thompson roared out of the hot rodding world of Southern California to become the "Fastest Man on Wheels," when his Pontiac powered Challenger One broke the 400 mph mark at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This didn't become an official record because of difficulties he encountered on a second run. The speed authorities require a second run and take the average for the record books. This promotional film captures the drama of his attempt.

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Who killed Mickey Thompson?
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History of Mickey Thompson
History of Mickey Thompson (Narrated by Danny Thompson)

Mickey Thompson's Challenger Comeback Version 2.5
Built in 1968, then in storage for more than 40 years. This land speed racer went 400 mph+ in 1968 testing with only 1800 hp. It'll have 4000-5000 for this year at Bonneville Speed Week! Rebuilt by Mickey's son, Danny Thompson, this is a great story of perseverance and a father and son project.

John Cobb Dies in Gallant Attempt on World Water Speed Record
John Cobb Dies in Gallant Attempt on World Water Speed Record. Cobb was a British racing motorist who broke the land speed record in 1939. In 1947 he raised his own land speed record to 394.19 mph (634.39 km/h). In 1952, he was attempting to break the world water speed record at Loch Ness, Scotland at speeds in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h). The boat hit an unexplained wake and Cobb was killed. Loch Ness Monster believers claimed the wake was caused by a large animal. This newsreel is very typical of Pathe with overly dramatic music for a real life tragedy. 90,000 HISTORIC CLIPS from 1886 - 1976, ALL FREE TO VIEW at http://www.britishpathe.com Subscribe to British Pathe: http://www.youtube.com/britishpathe Follow us on Twitter: @britishpathe.com Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/britishpathe