69-Year-Old Danny Thompson Sets Land Speed Record at 450 MPH


By Meredith Ganzman

Racer Danny Thompson isn’t just following in his father’s footsteps, he's speeding right past them.

The 69-year-old just broke records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on Sunday riding in a streamliner named the Challenger 2, the same car his father and fellow-racer Mickey Thompson was supposed to use 50-years-earlier. But that time never came for Mickey, who was murdered in 1988.

Until recently, the streamliner was left in storage but Danny restored it to drive even faster than what was expected when it was first built. The legacy rode the Challenger 2 over weekend, going more than 450 mph, breaking the previous record of 439.

It was Danny’s destiny to race the Challenger 2 and now, he says, the special car finally had the ride it was meant to so many years ago.