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Mickey Thompson M/T

OFF ROAD RACING

 

Welcome:

 Here is a brief history of Mickey Thompson and his off road racing. He started Off-Road racing by driving for Parnelli Jones in 1969 and from there he started designing and building his own vehicles. During this pierod from 1969 through March 16, 1988 when he was murdered he spent most of his time Off Road Racing, but he also did spent time Drag Racing where he had several AA/FC's through 1976.

 As I acquire more information about Mickey and his Off Road racing it will be added. Thanks for vising this site and have a great day.

1969 - 1971:

  M/T started driving for Parnelli Jones, being the new driver on the team M/T would find himself either sitting on the side lines or having to drive one of the lesser cars so M/T decided to start building his own cars, so his first off-road vehicle was a buggy powered with a Ford 4-cylinder industrial engine.

1971 - 1972:

 M/T's next vehicle was a 1972 Chevrolet C-10 pick-up, but M/T found the 1/2-ton pick-up wasn't up to the pounding he gave it. The Mint 400 was the first race that Mickey and his Son, Danny drove as a team. The C-10 Pick-up on the outside looks just like "Big Red" the 1973 C-20 M/T built next.

 

Race Results: 1972 C-10

Baja 500

DNF

1971

Mexican 1000

DNF

November 1971

Parker Dam 500

1st

February 1972

Mint 400

DNF

1972

Baja 500

2nd

June 1972

1972 - 1974:

  M/T built "Big Red" a 1973 Chevrolet C-20 pick-up for 2wd Production class Off Road Racing. This truck was the only off-road vehicle he drove for more than one season. Its First race was the Mexican 1000 in November 1972 where on the first 85 mile leg of the race he averaged 109 miles per hour. We have this truck at our shop in Eugene, Oregon just the way it was left in 1975 after the last race Mickey made in it.

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Race Results: 1973 C-20

Mexican 1000

DNF

November 1972 (First race for Big Red)

Baja 500

2nd

June 1973

Baja 500

DNF

June 1974 (Last Race for Big Red)

1975:

  M/T built this 1975 LUV pick-up next. The only thing on this truck that was stock was the cab. This truck was a true beast weighing only 2800 pounds with an all Aluminum 454 Chevrolet engine mounted in the bed and producing +600 horsepower as much Horse Power as "Big Red" which was 5600 pounds.

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Race Results: 1975 LUV

Baja 500

DNF

June 1975 (First race for LUV)

Baja 1000

NA

November 1975

Laughlin 300

DNF

December 1975

1976:

  M/T built this single seat cars in 1976, this was the first of many single seat cars he built from 1976 to 1987, each one had something a little different. This one was probably the oddest of them all. It had a Magnesium Block Chevy (328 CID 3.875 Bore with 3.48 Stroke) with pair of rare 1959 Chevrolet Aluminum Cylinder Heads. The engine was mid mounted facing to the rear attached to an Olds Tornado Trans Axle with a drive shaft connected to the transmission where the Diff was. A drive shaft running to a Mickey built set of gears connected to an independent rear end. We have this car at our shop Thompson Motor Sports Inc. in Eugene, Oregon.

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Race Results: 1976

Casinos 350

DNF

NA

Baja 1000

DNF

NA

Snore 250

NA

NA

Sandmaster 300

NA

NA

1977 - 1979:

   I have no information on the cars M/T used from 1977 through 1979 Off-Road Season.

Race Results: 1977

Parker 400

NA

NA

Mint 400

DNF

NA

Baja 1000

NA

NA

 

 

 

Race Results: 1978

Mexicali 300

DNF

NA

Mint 400

DNF

NA

Race Results: 1979

NA

NA

NA

1979 - 1980:

 M/T built this off road car in 1979. A few features this car had was a Driver's seat which was pivoted on lonh arms that attached up next to his feet and had a small coil-over shock mounted at the back so it would soak up the rough roads. It had a electric motor to change the adjustable wing angle which could be adjusted by the driver while racing.

  We have this car at out shop, Thompson Motor Sports Inc. in Eugene Oregon.

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1981 - 1983:

  I have no information on the cars Mickey Raced Off Road from 1981 to 1983.

1983:

M/T Wins the Baja 1000

  Here is a picture of Mickey after his win of the Baja 1000 Using a car loaned to him by a friend. We were sent this picture by the original owner of the car.

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Mickey Thompson with his first win of the Baja 1000

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1984 - 1987:

 I have no information on the cars Mickey Raced Off Road from 1984 to 1987.

 This picture is one of, if not the last off road car raced by Mickey Thompson.

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