As an American off-road legend, Mickey Thompson revolutionized the world of racing and the aftermarket industry. From Mickeys efforts to get S.C.O.R.E off the ground to his love affair with drag racing and land speed racing, he has been at the forefront of racing on many levels. Mickey just thought differently, where others saw road blocks Mickey saw opportunity to change the game. If he couldn’t find the right speed parts for his application he simply made a prototype, ran it on his cars and if it was successful, he would manufacture them, making them available for purchase to everyone and use the money to fuel his next endeavor.
Mickey had a very high IQ level that was only matched by his determination to succeed at whatever he did. Without his early efforts in racing many of the sports would not have progressed at the rate they did. Mickey was a great marketer, designer, visionary, innovator, husband and father wrapped up in one. With Trudy by his side almost every day he would push himself and his family to greatness until his partner in the business decided he wanted the business for himself and decided Mickey and his wife would have to be, truly silent partners in the growing business. Mickey and Trudy were killed in March of 1988 by Michael Goodwin at their California home. Michael Goodwin was Mickeys partner in the business and didn’t stand trial until 13 years after they were shot and killed by him.
Just a few of Mickey’s achievements before he was taken from us in 1988.
Mickey Thompson isn’t just an ordinary name in the automotive industry. Mickey was a businessman, a visionary, a promoter, engine builder, inventor, fabricator, driver, a husband and most importantly a dad. He pushed himself to be the best he could be at everything he tried. That legacy is rich in history and technology he shared with all of us through his vast array of racing adventures and car parts he designed and sold to help support his racing.
Thompson's racing experience began on the streets, but he quickly took his love of racing to the dry lakebeds nearby, and later to the Bonneville Salt Flats. In 1954, Thompson was the first to develop what is now known as a "sling-shot" dragster - a racing chassis that placed the driver behind the rear axle and coupled the engine and transmission directly to the differential of the vehicle.