Marion Lee Thompson (Mickey) was a well-known American car builder and a racing enthusiast who built America’s first car that broke the 400 miles/hr barrier (644 km/hr).
Thompson who built the Challenger I car used four GM Pontiac 414 cubic inch and aerodynamics of V8 engines, giving the car it’s slender shape. Specially made Goodyear tyres were used that could take speeds in excess of 700 km/hr.
He did his first test run at the Fort Edwards Airforce base where he achieved a speed of 400 km/hr. People prodded him to try his car at the salty flat desert of Bonneville, Utah famous for all record breaking attempts.
His first attempt in August 1959, took him to a speed of 360 miles/hr (580 km/hr) before he felt drowsy as the oxygen hose started malfunctioning. That year the British with their MG made EX 181 broke the world speed record.
This is a replica of that very car that was about to make history.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: RESIN|
|- High precision miniature models|
|- Non-opening bonnet and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|- Personally signed by founder manufacturer|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||17.5 x 7 x 5|
|Theme||Racing - Records|