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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History of Mickey Thompson
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Danny Thompson Sets Land Speed Record On Mickey Thompson Tires
Danny Thompson, son of the legendary Mickey Thompson, set a new land speed record for a piston-powered vehicle in the Challenger 2 streamliner during Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats on Mickey Thompson Bonneville LSR tires. On Saturday, Aug. 13, Thompson set a new AA/FS record with a speed of 411.191mph. Thompson backed up Saturday’s run with a 402.348mph run on Sunday, Aug. 14, and completed the weekend with a record-setting 406.769mph official average, a significant margin over the previous record of 392.503mph.

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