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445+ MPH Mission Accomplished: Mickey And Danny Thompson’s Challenger II Breaks Records At Bonneville.

Posted by: Jesse Kleib on August 13, 2018

In the world of racing, obviously, no matter what format you choose to take on, the goal is to go fast. Even though it can be a relative term, setting speed goals for yourself and conquering them can be an incredibly rewarding venture, however, when you look at this story as originally reported by Hot Rod Magazineyou come face to face with a situation that is unlike any other as Mickey and Danny Thompson’s Challenger II breaks records at Bonneville, smashing past 450mph on the ground, absolutely destroying everything that you thought you knew about going fast.

In the video below, you’ll be able to spectate as Danny Thompson makes history and, as Hot Rod puts it, “not only secured the record his father attempted in AA/FS, but managed to grab Speed Demon’s “World’s Fastest Piston-Driven Vehicle” with a phenomenal 448.757 mph average this weekend, bringing the official 400mph title to the Thompson family after a tourmulant half-century.” It’s pretty mind blistering to even try and think about how fast you’re moving when it comes to rolling like that on just about any surface. You really have to have your ducks in a row to even be able to consider trying something like this.

If you follow along with this clip, you’ll be thrown into the pressure cooker, really turning up the intensity as a story of racing that spans several generations finally comes to a head as one of the biggest families in racing on solid ground adds another notch in their belt. Danny would say that the conditions on the track were spectacular that day, but the vehicle still managed to find some room to slide around north of the 400 mph mark. If you want to talk about some “pucker factor,” that’s basically the image you’d see in the dictionary listed next to it.


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