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Winning the Baja 1000 Part 2 of 2

Mickey designed some of the fastest off-road cars ever built. In 1979 he won the Race of Champions at Kresno. But the race he wanted to win was the Baja 1000 in Mexico -- the toughest test for young men, let alone a 50 year old. But Mickey wouldn't quit. The move to Mexico in 1982 was like an army preparing for combat. It was as if Mickey's whole life had prepared him for this race. There were over 200 cars at the starting line. In a cloud of dust they began their race through the desert. Near Gonzaga Bay Mickey hit a muddy tide pool and flooded his car. "The mud was so thick I had to scrape it out of my eyes before I could open them. I poured some gasoline on my flooded engine and set it afire. It really blazed up. An airplane was flying around and the pilot brought it down to see if he could help. When the fire flamed real high, everyone around me scattered. I jumped in the car, hit the ignition and got it up to 100 mph as fast as I could. It blew out the flames so I stopped and hitched up my harness and put my helmet back on. I'd figured I'd either get the ignition dry or burn up the car. It was a desperate thing to do but that's how you survive in Baja." After ten hours the rough terrain took its toll on Mickey and his car. It took the crew 45 minutes to fix a brake problem. While Mickey stood beside his crew, he watched cars fly by that he'd taken hours to pass. In true Mickey style, he didn't give up. He knew he would just have to pass them again. Over the next nine hours Mickey did pass them again, won the race and set a new speed record of 19 hours, 40 minutes and 23 seconds. From his home made car that beat the rich kids' store bought cars, to his junkyard cars that won street races, to his innovative cars that set new records on the dragstrip, to Bonneville to Indianapolis, to Pan Am to Baja -- Mickey Thompson succeeded because he never gave up.


 


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Winning the Baja 1000 Part 1 of 2
Mickey designed some of the fastest off-road cars ever built. In 1979 he won the Race of Champions at Kresno. But the race he wanted to win was the Baja 1000 in Mexico -- the toughest test for young men, let alone a 50 year old. But Mickey wouldn't quit. The move to Mexico in 1982 was like an army preparing for combat. It was as if Mickey's whole life had prepared him for this race. There were over 200 cars at the starting line. In a cloud of dust they began their race through the desert. Near Gonzaga Bay Mickey hit a muddy tide pool and flooded his car. "The mud was so thick I had to scrape it out of my eyes before I could open them. I poured some gasoline on my flooded engine and set it afire. It really blazed up. An airplane was flying around and the pilot brought it down to see if he could help. When the fire flamed real high, everyone around me scattered. I jumped in the car, hit the ignition and got it up to 100 mph as fast as I could. It blew out the flames so I stopped and hitched up my harness and put my helmet back on. I'd figured I'd either get the ignition dry or burn up the car. It was a desperate thing to do but that's how you survive in Baja." After ten hours the rough terrain took its toll on Mickey and his car. It took the crew 45 minutes to fix a brake problem. While Mickey stood beside his crew, he watched cars fly by that he'd taken hours to pass. In true Mickey style, he didn't give up. He knew he would just have to pass them again. Over the next nine hours Mickey did pass them again, won the race and set a new speed record of 19 hours, 40 minutes and 23 seconds. From his home made car that beat the rich kids' store bought cars, to his junkyard cars that won street races, to his innovative cars that set new records on the dragstrip, to Bonneville to Indianapolis, to Pan Am to Baja -- Mickey Thompson succeeded because he never gave up.





The easiest modification for your 4WD. Be Part Of The Legend!!!
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Wide Tyres Shake Up Indy
For the 1963 Indy 500 Mickey designed and built three new, much lighter cars -- one was built completely out of titanium. But the most important great leap forward was the tyres. Most tyres running then used a narrow tyre tread with a hard rubber compound. This was impractical for Mickey's lighter, low slung racers so he designed a soft compound three times the width with a lower profile and organised Firestone to make the tyres. Mickey's unique wider, softer tyre became the forerunner of today's passenger tyres. But in 1963 Mickey's revolutionary tyres created havoc with the technical committee and the other drivers at the Indy 500. When the other Indy 500 drivers saw the wider, softer tyres they said Mickey had an unfair advantage. Some drivers threatened to strike. Due to the complaints from drivers Firestone switched the formula back to the harder compound. The trouble was no-one told Mickey and the situation became dangerous - the lighter cars needed the softer compound to drive safely. So Mickey's lighter cars with the hard tyres slid, spun and crashed all over the track. With his usual "never give up" attitude, Mickey began designing and building new ideas into two new cars for the next Indy 500.





4wd ACTION CLIP low profile tyres.mp4
Brad Smith from Mickey Thompson Tires, Australia explains how low profile tyres are not just for sports cars and on road driving.





Youll never walk again
Once Mickey held the land speed record, he decided to race speedboats. Of course he had to design the speedboat first using a revolutionary idea. Mickey created a speedboat using one of the first hydroplane aerodynamic approaches which he believed would lift the boat out of the water. He was crossing a lake in his new boat at 150 mph when he hit an unexpected wake. The boat did lift out of the water but then it flipped over and over. After the crash doctors told Mickey that he had broken his back and was permanently paralysed from the waist down. They put him in a cast and left him in a hospital bed. After six months, Mickey organised to leave the hospital. At home he removed the cast and created a therapy device consisting of one pulley and a length of rope. The more he moved the more pain he felt but at least feeling was returning to his legs. After six more months, defying doctors who said he'd never walk again, Mickey Thompson went jogging.





Robby Gordon Class 8 Champion 1987
Robby Gordon Class 8 Champion at Parker 400 1987





Mickey Thompson Tires Australia
One of the Mickey Thompson Legendary Off Road Tires TV Commercials featuring Chris Western from Off Road Rush. This is the first Australian Mickey Thompson TV Commercial. Filmed at the Off Road Rush facility at the Gold Coast in 2010 using Chris's championship driving skills and Mickey Thompson sponsored off road race truck.





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.





850-horsepower Trophy Truck in Mojave Desert
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Hello Mexico
"Mickey was competing in a Mexican Road Race in 1953. That's when I first met him. He was racing just as an amateur at that stage. His real job was as a press operator at one of the newspapers in Los Angeles. He had built his racing car himself and I could see how imaginative he was. I was there as Goodyear's racing tyre designer. I sort of fell into racing tyre design. Goodyear wasn't interested in racing at all except for a few of us in the development department. Even though management knew of this but didn't approve it, we started working on racing tyres. That's why I was at that Mexican Road Race."





Baja 1000 1989 Pt 11
Desert racing





1988 Mickey Thompson Off road Championship LA Coliseum.avi





SCORE BAJA 1000 EXTREME CRASH by SAHUAROfilms
SCORE BAJA 1000 Las dos ultimas bajas 1000 2006-2007, Ensenada-La paz, tienen un toque de sangre........





Fastest Man on Earth.
Challenger 1", the car Mickey had built and re-built using revolutionary ideas and materials, had come a long way over eight years. Each new version of "Challenger 1" had answered hundreds of questions. Now the only question that remained was -- could Mickey break 400mph and live to tell about it? Other drivers had died trying to break John Cobbs' record. Everyone who had worked on "Challenger 1" knew that underneath the pretty blue paint was a mass of spare parts purchased from surplus stores and junkyards. After achieveing 371mph on his fourth attempt in 1959, Mickey knew that finances dictated it was now or never. In 1960 Superchargers and wind scoops were added and Mickey took "Challenger 1" back to the Bonneville Salt Flats. The day was windy and driving at high speeds was too dangerous. Mickey was in and out of the car all day waiting for the wind to calm. Mickey remembers, "Roland Porter, a good friend of mine and a devout Christian rushed up to me with tears in his eyes. He'd had a vision that I went out of control and crashed. He pleaded with me not to get back in the car." By 3pm the wind had died down, and despite Roland's vision, Mickey jumped into "Challenger 1", put her into low gear and began his fifth and final attempt to break the land speed record. At the end of a measured mile, Mickey Thompson had set a new one-way land speed record of 406.6 mph (654.349 kph). He had broken Englishman John Cobb's record of 394.2 mph and become the fastest man on earth. Those low section tyres we had spent so long making had held together."





2011 baja 1000
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