On September 9, 1960, Mickey Thompson ran 406.6 mph at Bonneville to become the world’s fastest hot rodder. This awesome two-minute newsreel captures the historic moment perfectly—watch.
Produced by Goodyear Tire & Rubber, M/T’s sponsor and tire supplier back in 1960, this great little two-minute clip is a shorter version of a banquet-length movie we presented here at Mac’s Motor City Garage in 2013. (If you have time, watch the full-length edition here.) Since then, Mickey’s son Danny Thompson set a Bonneville record of his own at 406.767 mph this past summer in a car originally constructed by his father.
Mickey’s record run at Bonneville in 1960 with Challenger I, his four-engined Pontiac streamliner, is now the stuff of hot rodding legend, and this clip packs a lot of facts and images into a short and convenient space. Video below.