Mickey Thompson [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Drag Racing Action
It's a compelling book which is hard to put down.
Hemmings Muscle
The author, head of public relations for Speed Channel, offers a strongly researched recap of Thompson's remarkable life story in this 304-page hardcover. Arneson enjoyed the family's cooperation on the book, with added help from countless interviewees and court records from the determined police investigation that finally resolved the slayings and brought the Thompson's killer to justice. On a bittersweet anniversary, this book arrives as very overdue and very welcome.
carreraslotcar.net
This compelling book is a can't miss book for racing fans, and everyone, actually. Arneson's style of writing will pull you in to this interesting story of one of racing's true "marathon man" heroes. Mickey could do it all. He was heralded as a great racer, builder and promoter until his untimely murder. Your emotions will be on a roller coaster with this book, so get ready when you start reading. You won't be able to put it down.
Library Journal

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616730123
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 265,946
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Erik Arneson is a former design editor and motorsports reporter for USA Today and is now director of public relations for SPEEDtv. He has written two books about drag racing, including John Force: The Straight Story of Drag Racing's 300-MPH Superstar, published by Motorbooks. He received a Bronze Award at the 2008 International Automotive Media Awards for Excellence for this biography of Mickey Thompson.
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Table of Contents

Dedication 7

Foreword Danny Thompson 9

Preface 11

Acknowledgments 15

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

Sources 297

Index 299

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

    What might this man have accomplished had his life not been cut short?

    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.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    There's a lot more to the Mick

    ....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.

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