Every now and again we run into some motorsports jouralism that really knocks us back on our keister and today is one of those days. This piece was published by Smithsonian about a month ago but we had never seen it until right now. It’s the story of Danny Thompson and the Challenger 2, his 448mph, dual nitro burning hemi powered monster that bridges history, bridges lives, and draws people to it like moths to flame.
The story has been well documented, Danny pulling the old hot rod out of the barn and revamping it, repowering it, eventually creating the fastest piston driven car in the world and in doing so completing the loop his late father started making more than 50 years ago.
We do not need to rehash the story of Mickey Thompson here, it is told with wonderful skill and beautiful language at the link below. The old photos, several of which we had never seen, the quotes from Danny Thompson and his passion for this project, along with the craftsmanship of the author make this an absolutely wonderful piece.
It’ll be the best time you spend today and the best thing you read all week. Check it out here –