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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.





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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.





Baja 1000 1992 ESPN 3 of 8





Monster Energy: BJ Baldwin 2013 Baja 1000 Champion!
Get an exclusive look at BJ Baldwin's return to Baja as he battles his way back to the top for his 2nd consecutive Baja 1000 title... Ironman style! From pre-running to the finish line, we captured it all... Follow Monster Energy: http://www.facebook.com/MonsterEnergy http://www.twitter.com/MonsterEnergy http://www.instagram.com/MonsterEnergy http://www.MonsterEnergy.com





TSCO Racing - SCORE Baja 500 - 2014
The TSCO Racing team heads south once again to Ensenada in Baja California for the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500. http://www.tscroracing.com #baja500 #tscoracing





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.





The Grabber Olds 442 Takes on the XO250 Off-Road Event in Reno, Nevada
This video montage shows the Grabber Oldsmobile 442 preparing for the staging lanes, then documents the historic off-road vehicle as it makes its very first start into real race competition since the very early 70's. For those who may not yet be aware of it, the Grabber Olds (formerly known as the "Goodyear Grabber") was originally run back in the late 60's early 70's. Even runn ing the NORRA 1000, which was the predecessor of the Baja 1000. The car was originally built by Hickey Racing for racer/actor James Garner. Garner raced this vehicle until race technology moved forward and a new racer was built to keep up with the competition. The Goodyear Grabber was retired and sent to pasture, vanishing from site until recent years. The car was unknowingly purchased by vintage race car collector/restorer Ron Johnson. After doing a little research, Ron realized that he had a rare gem on his hands. After several years of restoration work, the Olds 442 is looking as good as ever, and sure pretty enough to appear on the start/finish line at the famous Mustang Ranch, just outside Reno, Nevada. As if the car itself was not a media draw in itself, the car was going to make its anticipated debut driven by hall of fame off-road driver Rod Hall. The music video's finale shows the 442 taking the green flag for the first time in over 30 years, and our camera had a prime spot to document the car's first turns in competition.





Mickey Thompson - Innovator of Tires, Wheels, & Drag Racing
http://www.4wheelparts.com/parts/mickey-thompson-tires/tires.aspx - Mickey Thompson helped create the sport of drag racing as both a driver and a mechanical engineer. Now you can get his quality Mickey Thompson tires and wheels. Find these off road tires at 4WheelParts.com.





Mickey Thompson 69 Mustang Funny Car
Mickey Thompson 69 Mustang Funny Car with a blown nitro 427SOHC vintage Drag Race





2011 baja 1000
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Baja 500 2014
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SCORE BAJA 1000 EXTREME CRASH by SAHUAROfilms
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2013 Baja 1000 Race Highlights
After a gruesome battle lasting eighteen hours, BJ Baldwin has won the 2013 Baja 1000 for the second consecutive year. As he did in last years peninsula run, BJ iron manned the Exhausting 883 mile trek, starting the race in sixth position. The 2013 Baja 1000 course took many prisoners throughout the day but "Ballistic" BJ Baldwin was able to withstand most everything Baja California Norte had to offer and is now the 2013 Baja 1000 Champion. "Ballistic" BJ Baldwin crossed the finish line in a first place overall time of 18:36:10.017 at the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000. With this win comes a sixth championship for Baldwin. Following BJ, a steady pace of racers departed the deepest depths of Baja California Norte and proceeded back in to Ensenada to celebrate the amazing feat of finishing one of the roughest Baja 1000′s in recent history. Rob MacCachren was second behind BJ with an elapsed time of 18:43:28.944 and secured a second place finish in the season points championship. OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE 2013 SCORE BAJA 1000: http://www.race-dezert.com/home/official-2013-baja-1000-results-53084.html




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