Watch A Young Mickey Thompson Tell His Own Story And Talk About Going 400mph In This 1962 Television Interview


Watch A Young Mickey Thompson Tell His Own Story And Talk About Going 400mph In This 1962 Television Interview

Decades after his untimely death, the hot rodding world still idolizes Mickey Thompson. Why? Oh likely because he is one of the greatest hot rodders who ever lived. A man of boundless ideas and energy he accomplished things as a racer, a parts manufacturer, a race promoter, and as an enthusiast that seem impossible just in terms of their volume! Thompson was already a rising star before running his historic 406mph speed on the Bonneville Salt Flats while chasing the world’s land speed record. It was that 406mph run that brought Thompson to the set of a show called “Adventure Tomorrow” that ran on the Los Angeles television station KCOP. The format is neat. Thompson is in the studio and they have a load of video from the salt during the 406mph campaign.

They talk a lot about the Challenger race car, they talk about Thompson’s background, his future plans, and what frontiers lay ahead for a man who was both brilliant and fearless. You’ll hear Thompson talk about building cars to race in the Indy 500 which was a place that his equipment never tamed, he was never truly welcome, and in the end, he likely regretted ever getting involved with. We have the ability to look back on all of the stuff that happened after this video was made and Thompson did not have the luxury to predict the future. What a life this man had.

So rather than run you over with words, why don’t you take a peek at the video below. It is 1960s cool, it stars Mickey Thompson and it has loads of footage from Bonneville you may have never seen before. A true trip back in hot rodding history.

Press play below to see this 1962 television interview with Mickey Thompson –


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2 thoughts on “Watch A Young Mickey Thompson Tell His Own Story And Talk About Going 400mph In This 1962 Television Interview

  1. Piston Pete

    Awesome deal, thanks Brian for digging this stuff up. How about an article (series?) about his strange, mysterious and tragic death? A true American icon and a hero to those of us who worship at The Altar of Speed.

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