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.
Carroll Shelby Goes Racing
Ford provided Carroll Shelby with an engine for his start up sports car
company and AC supplied the bodies. Shelby hired a bunch of hot rod
builders in California and they created the Cobra.
Soon Ford turned to Shelby to beef up the Mustang and turn it into a Corvette
beater. The GT 350 was born.
But there was more. Henry Ford II had tried to buy Ferrari and was
spurned. Not one who was used to losing he decided to beat Enzo Ferrari on
the track. After Ford's first forays stalled they turned to Shelby to beef
up the GT 40s and take on Ferrari.
Pete Brock, Ken Miles and Dan Gurney put the cars through their paces.
Chevrolet 1966 Intro with Lorne Greene
Chevrolet hired Bonanza star Lorne Greene to host the automaker's
announcement film for 1966. The film shows stunt drivers from Chitwoods
Thrill team taking the cars through their paces. Also behind the scenes of
a dramatic commercial and the introduction of a new V8 engine.
This film was produced by the Jam Handy Company in Detroit. Written by Bob
Wicks and animation by Dick Petrovitch who later went on to win an Academy
Award for "Crunchbird."
Experimental Corvette -- SS
General Motors recruited engineer and race car driver, Zora Arkus Duntov,
to help them inject some performance into their brands.
Duntov wanted to make the Corvette competitive with sports cars from Europe
like Ferrari and Maserati. To gain respect it needed to win on the track.
He organized a team to build the SS or "Experimental Corvette" and took it
Hemi Under Glass Last Ride
After 39 years at the wheel of one of the most famous and unusual cars in
drag racing, the Hemi Under Glass, Bob Riggle decided to hang it up.
We were there to capture the last runs of this iconic car and the driver
who thrilled crowds at drag strips all over the country.
Mitch Allread: Don't Call it a Rat Rod... - /BIG MUSCLE
It packs a 400 hp diesel out of a Ford F-350, a Dana 80 rear-end, and a
look and feel that would make Max Rockatansky feel right at home. This is
Mitch Allread's custom fabricated creation and it is, without a doubt, one
of the coolest things on the road today. This is a machine that transcends
the traditional hot rod formula by breaking down borders and setting its
Whereas most hot-rods are built by custom shops utilizing parts from mail
order catalogs, Mitch took a different approach and fabricated just about
everything on his ride by hand. Calling this a rat-rod would be an insult -
a work of art however... that'd be just fine.
These Are The Worst Fords In History. Sorry Henry -- AFTER/DRIVE
Everyone's been celebrating Henry Ford's 150th birthday by talking about
the successes of the company he founded. What about the, well not so much.
With Leo Parente, whose stories of working for Ford during the 1970s are
worth the price of admission.
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
John Cobb and E.T. Eyston Racing at the Salt Flats
Film from Collection A0185 Joseph Howard McGibbeny Audio Visual Collection.
This film is titled "the Mormon Meteor does it's thing." The problem is
there is no Mormon Meteor in this film. This instead looks to be John R.
Cobb and Capt. George E.T. Eyston Racing their cars, the Railton and
Thunderbolt at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This item is protected by
copyright. For more information regarding this film, please contact the
Moving Image & Sound Archivist by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by
phone at 801-585-3073.
1963 Pontiac Catalina Mickey Thompson Swiss Cheese Car
St. Charles, IL Auction - St. Charles, IL Oct. 3-5 2008
- The first of 14 swiss cheese super duty's produced
- Assembly date was January 9th, 1963 at the Pontiac, MI. assembly plant
- 421 CID engine was rated at 405 HP at 5,600rpm
- Blueprinted & prepped: 500 HP at 6,000 rpm
- Lightweight aluminum components
- The perimeter frame had approximately 120 holes punched in the side
sections & the side of the box section was removed, hence the "Swiss
- Plexiglas windows were also available
- Factory shipping weight was 3,308 lbs. (dry) without Plexiglas installed
- Borg Warner heavy duty T-85 3-speed transmission (2.10 low gear)
- 4.30 Positraction
- Full frame-off restoration in 1990/1991
Supercar Hits 714mph
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Powered by two Phantom II jet fighter engines, the Thrust SSC hits 714mph
(1149km/h) in the Black Rock Desert in 1997.
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