After the 1959 campaign, only parttly successful (see Ugo Fadini n. 5), Mickey Thompson was back on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1960 with a modified Challenger I. Blowers were added to the four Pontiac V8s and the aerodynamics had also been refined. Thompson set a one-way flying mile run at 406.60 MPH, the first time an american had brocken the 400 MPH barrier, but a drive shaft failure prevented him from doing a return run and setting an official LSR. He tried again in 1962, but salt conditions were far less than ideal then and he had to give up.
This model was introduced in 1981 and was produced in 300 numbered pieces.
The real car survives and was recently restored. It belongs to Mickey Thompson's son and in 1999 was on display at the NHRA Museum in Pomona, CA.
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