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On March 16, 1988, motorsport legend Mickey Thompson and his second wife, Trudy, were gunned down by hooded assassins in the driveway of their Bradbury, California, home. This shocking and brutal double-murder brought an abrupt end to one of the most extraordinary careers in the history of motorsports, a career that has never been completely profiled-until now. Author Erik Arneson delves into the life and career of one of racing's greatest innovators and most successful businessmen, while also chronicling the ...
On March 16, 1988, motorsport legend Mickey Thompson and his second wife, Trudy, were gunned down by hooded assassins in the driveway of their Bradbury, California, home. This shocking and brutal double-murder brought an abrupt end to one of the most extraordinary careers in the history of motorsports, a career that has never been completely profiled-until now. Author Erik Arneson delves into the life and career of one of racing's greatest innovators and most successful businessmen, while also chronicling the story of his tragic murder and his family's relentless quest to bring his killer to justice. This is a fascinating account of an amazing life that ended too soon.
Thompson was a highly influential driver and promoter in the drag-racing field of motor sports. A hard charger and innovator, he lived life at 200 miles per hour and in the process developed a legion of fans and not a few enemies. Still, it was shocking when he and his wife were murdered in 1988, even more shocking when it took the authorities 15 years to solve the case, and surreal when a business associate was convicted of the crime nearly 20 years after it happened. Arneson (John Force: The Straight Story of Drag Racing's 300-MPH Superstar) relays the tale in a stark narrative that highlights Thompson's accomplishments, the facts surrounding his death, and the heroic fight of his family to keep the case in the spotlight until justice was served. Drag racing is a somewhat insular sport and doesn't have nearly as large a following as most other motor sports. It is good to see a biography of one of the sport's most important stars. Recommended for public and all motor sports collections.
—Eric C. Shoaf
Foreword Danny Thompson 9
Chapter 1 History Interrupted 17
Chapter 2 A Fast Start 32
Chapter 3 The Roar at Lions 61
Chapter 4 Challenges Met 82
Chapter 5 A Lion, a Monkey, a Bomb Shelter, and the Indy 500 118
Chapter 6 Going Back to Move Forward 153
Chapter 7 Getting Dirty 135
Chapter 8 Taking the Game Inside 213
Chapter 9 A Battle of Wills 236
Chapter 10 Shattered Lives 255
Chapter 11 Quest for Justice 276
Posted June 7, 2009
Mickey Thompson. To those of us who have grown up around and involved in motorsports the name brings awe. He was not only a legend but a true American icon in the world of motor racing. He set records in land speed and drag racing. He innovated new forward-thinking technologies in all forms of motorsport. His Indy car efforts were ahead in their approach to design but the powers that be cut down his free-thinking ideas leading to a devastating crash causing the death of not only a good friend, Dave McDonald, but also to the 'clown prince' of the Indianapolis Speedway, Eddie Sachs. This book covers a lot of area but doesn't go into the detail that "Challenger" did, as far as the racing achievements are concerned but it does cover the rest of his life from 1964 on that is the point where "Challenger" ended. Not only a racer but a promoter and continual thinker who knows what Mickey might have come up with regarding any endeavor that may have interested him as he scaled back his daily operating of Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group. His and his wife Trudy's murders will always leave a void in the world of motorsports.
As is typical of most books written about motorsports personalities this one will be interesting to, and read by mostly people who want to know the history of auto racing and those who made that history. It is a very easy read and I truly could not put the book down once I picked it up. Fast paced and interesting, those who do read it will find it well worth their time. Mickey Thompson was a 'cutting edge' type of person and his story could inspire others with a unique vision to pursue that vision.
Posted May 20, 2009
....than is in this book. There's probably a book just on his death and subsequent quest for justice by his sister, but this work crams all of the Mick's life and death into just over 300 pages. Some good work around his beginnning years and speed record attempts, but it falls short at his Indy efforts. The author is an apologist for the Mick's role in the 1964 disaster at Indy that claimed the life of his driver Dave MacDonald and Eddie Sachs. The author claims MacDonald was thrown from his car. This is the most researched crash in Indy history, and even a cursory view of the hundreds of film clips and photos indicate that both MacDonald and Sachs were in their cars after the crash. While the United States Auto Club bears a lot of the blame for the crash, Thompson bears much too in the form of design of the cars and practically denying after the event that there was anything wrong with his cars.
Still, it's good to read about the Mick. We'll not see that kind of innovator again.
Posted September 25, 2011
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Posted March 3, 2014
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