Danny Thompson
Racer and world record holder

Home Country: U.S.A.

Danny Thompson devoted his life to motor sports, racing first in the Motocross category, and then switching to cars. A career path that followed his dad’s, Mickey Thompson, also known as the “Speed King” of the 1960’s. Mickey Thompson was a car racer and innovator, seeking a world speed record with a piston engine.

Mickey Thompson being unable to officially break the world speed record, Danny Thompson decided to complete his family’s legacy by accomplishing his dad’s dream with the same, restored, racing car. With the help of his family and team, it’s taken him seven long years to bring back to light the Challenger 2, his dad’s innovation from 1968.  In 2010 Danny Thompson decided to bring the Challenger 2 back to life and spent years working on improving the speed machine.  On August 12, 2018, exactly 50 years after the first creation of the Challenger 2, Danny Thompson crushed it on the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah and achieved a two-way AA/FS record of 448.757mph (average between 446.605mph and 450.909mph), making him the world’s fastest piston powered record holder.

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