The Lost Story of the Original Speed King in His Own Words
by Tom Madigan
Pub Date 10 Dec 2019
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Four decades after his tragic death, Mickey Thompson’s name and accomplishments remain legendary among motorsports and automotive enthusiasts. Thompson did it all on four wheels: land-speed racing, drag racing, off-road, NASCAR, Indianapolis…anything involving speed. Armed with a restless mind and a keen business sense, Thompson moved from success to success.
In the early 1970s, motorsports writer (and former drag racer) Tom Madigan and Thompson embarked on a project to write the latter’s autobiography. After two years, extensive interviews, and a near-finished manuscript the whole enterprise fell apart for a number of reasons. Type-written sheets, neatly stacked, were boxed, stored, and mostly forgotten.
Mickey Thompson: The Untold Story of the Original Speed King is that never-published work—an amazing biographical artifact from what many consider the golden age of automotive racing.
Key Selling Points: Historic racing and the racers that competed throughout the 1950s, '60s, and '70s are among the most popular aspects of motorsports enthusiasm. Though many racers of this period have passed on, their legends remain significant and key to the ongoing interest in historic racing events. Thompson set more speed and endurance records than any man in history.
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