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DamonPearl94
09-20-2017, 05:45 PM
Mickey Thompson tries again to become the fastest driver in history - Sep 20, 1960 - HISTORY.com (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mickey-thompson-tries-again-to-become-the-fastest-driver-in-history)


On this day in 1960, California hot rodder Mickey Thompson takes another shot at the world land-speed record. A few weeks earlier, Thompson had become the first American to travel faster than 400 mph on land when he’d piloted his Challenger I (a car that he designed and built himself) across Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats at 406.6 mph. This drive had made Thompson the fastest man on wheels, but not officially: In order to win a place in the land-speed record books, racers must make a return pass within the hour, and Thompson’s car broke down in the middle of his second run, necessitating a follow-up attempt.

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