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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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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.





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





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





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





Off Road Video - Baja International 1987
Off Road Video - Baja International 1987





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.





Baja 1000
Baja 1000. Baja,Mexico.





1968 Baja 1000 Stroppe Bronco's
1968 Baja 1000





1988 Mickey Thompson Off road Championship LA Coliseum.avi





Mickey Thompson Breaks 400 MPH Speed Barrirer
Thompson's life in the fast lane provides ample material for the filmmakers. From the drag strips, to desert racing to land speed record challenges, to car building, designing and race promotion Thompson earned his place as a certified automotive icon. He started calling himself the Fastest American on Wheels in 1958 after setting a record of 194 miles per hour. His goal was to break the world record of 394.2 miles per hour set in 1947. He began to build a world land speed record car -- the Challenger 1. Thompson took his new car out to the Bonneville Salt Flats on October 6, 1959 and piloted it to a World Speed Record of 363.48 miles per hour. He also set a world speed record in A/BFS Class that remained unbeaten until1990 when Al Teague broke it at 389.372 miles per hour in his streamliner. In 1960, Thompson returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats with a modified Challenger 1 for another record attempt. Its four 410 cubic-inch engines secured his title when he set a new American record at 330.51 miles per hour. He bested the world speed with a run at 407 miles per hour (which was faster than any man had drive a car before) but crashed before he could make a second run and thus secure the official record. The Challenger 1 had its last record run two year later on July 24, 1962. The poor conditions of the salt flats halted the first attempt because he couldnt get any traction as the car bounced on the salt bed. He found a smoother part of the Flats for another run and turned in a speed of 357 mph. But he announced that the Challengers days on the Salt Flats were over. Source: www.greatcarstv.com S003





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