Danny Thompson, son of Mickey Thompson, breaks land-speed record at 406.7 mph

(Photo courtesy Danny Thompson official Twitter page)

If there ever was a great “life father, like son” story, Danny Thompson wrote it this past weekend.

It took him more than a half-century to do so, but Thompson has returned the title of “The King of Speed” to his family tree.

The son of legendary racer and race promoter Mickey Thompson, the younger Thompson became the fastest driver on land this past weekend at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Danny Thompson, now 66, made two passes down the expansive eight-mile course (the finish line is between Mile 4 and 5), one at 411 mph and the other at 402 mph.

The 66-year-old Thompson’s combined average speed of those two runs – which is what the new record is based upon – was 406.7. That beat his father’s former unofficial mark of 406.6 mph (the first American driver to ever surpass 400 mph at Bonneville), set in 1960, by a mere smidgeon.

Danny Thompson also broke Bonneville’s official national speed record for naturally aspirated, piston-powered, wheel-driven vehicles (392.5 mph, set in 2009). Thompson’s car runs on a combination of nitromethane and alcohol and gets .1 mile to a gallon, he told CNN.

“I’m in the 400 club. I like it,” Thompson told CNN.

Ironically, Thompson made history by utilizing history. He set the new record in Challenger 2, which was built upon the original 1968 chassis of his father’s Challenger 1.

“I wasn’t quitting until it got done,” Thompson told CNN at the finish line. “There has never been any doubt. It was going to happen.”

Danny Thompson dedicated the achievement to the memory of his father, who along with his second wife Trudy, was murdered in the driveway of their Southern California home in March 1988.

The murder went unsolved for nearly 30 years until Michael Goodwin, who had been a business partner of Mickey Thompson’s, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the two murders.

Danny Thompson had previously taken Challenger 2 up to an unofficial record of 419 mph in 2014, but just like his father’s own unofficial record, was unable to come back to make a second comparable run that would have made for an official mark.

“This is what we came here for,” Thompson said.

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Vicki Golden and 805 Beer tell a unique story from an Inverted Perspective


Vicki Golden has earned a career worthy of a thousand stories and 805 Beer tells at least one of them, as “Inverted Perspective” premiered March 30 on the company’s website and YouTube channel.

Golden did more to break the glass ceiling in SuperMotocross than she ever thought possible. She knows this because riders have never felt the need to explain any of her accomplishments with the disclaimer, “for a girl”. 

At this point in Golden’s career, she’s been the first woman to finish top 10 in AMA Arenacross Lites, the first woman to qualify in the Fast 40 in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the first woman to compete in freestyle Moto X competition, earning a bronze medal by doing so.

Her love for moto came from childhood while she watched her dad and brother ride. By seven she was on her bike and making waves throughout Southern California. 

Golden, 30, is still madly in love with the sport and has no plans on moving away but her career is already one to talk about. 805 Beer’s film series wanted to do exactly that.

“I’m taken aback by it all,” Golden told NBC Sports about the documentary. “It’s just crazy to see your story, it’s one thing to live your life and battle everything that comes about but it’s another to just sit there and talk about it.”

805 approached Golden about the feature by asking, “Do you even realize that what you do, and your story is special?”

Golden took the question as a blank canvas to map out the highs and lows of her career and life. 

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The title “Inverted Perspective” came from a brainstorming session with Dominick Russo and it highlights Golden’s outlook on the sport of SuperMotocross and her life in general. 

“My whole life, my whole career was thinking differently and looking at things that shouldn’t be done and aren’t there, while being able to make a place for myself, where no one thought there should be a place,” Golden said.  “It’s inspiring someone to think in different ways. It sums up my life.”

Vicki Golden is not “fast for a girl”; she’s just fast. – 805 Beer

While Golden is no stranger to the spotlight, this was the first time she’s been fully involved with the storytelling and creation of a feature about herself. 

“It’s not like a full new experience,” Golden said. “Obviously, you get your standard questions about your upbringing and accomplishments, but I’ve never really put into perspective things that happened in my past with my dad and putting that to light. Also, certain other things that maybe got overlooked in previous interviews or films. I wanted to touch on these and Dom wanted to create a story. It’s just cool to see it come to light, it’s a nearly impossible thing to tell somebody’s life story in 40 minutes.”

Golden’s father was left paralyzed after an ATV accident, robbing him the opportunity to ride again. This happened a few months before the father-daughter duo was set to compete in the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals when Vicki was 12. While she might have been unable to grasp the severity at the time, it’s something she carries with her. Golden continues to ride in his honor.

Years later, an accident in 2018 nearly sidelined the then 25-year-old Vicki when a freestyle accident almost resulted in the amputation of her lower leg. 

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Vicki Golden has ridden a variety of disciplines in SuperMotocross, which gives her a unique perspective. – 805 Beer

“Inverted Perspective” highlights her father’s diligence in helping Vicki continue with her career and the kindness and strength he carried while fighting his own battle. 

“My dad was the entire reason that I started riding in the first place,” Golden said. “So, to honor his memory and to honor what we went through and how hard he pushed to keep our dream alive and keep everything going – in that sense then, it was really special to be able to honor him and talk about him.”

The 40-minute feature was filmed entirely in black and white, a stark contrast from the oversaturated world of motocross where the brighter the suit the easier it is for fans to find their rider and follow him in the race. By filming in monochrome Russo and Golden had the chance to focus on the race and track from a different perspective. 

“It was cool to be able to film it differently,” Golden said. “It created a challenge in the sense of what was going to be more visually impactful for the film.

“I couldn’t be here without the companies that back me but at the same time, it’s not like the logos or colors disappeared, it’s just different lights shed on different spots. It’s just a cool way to do it and to take color away and still be impactful. When you think of black and white, you think of old school, the OG way of doing things.”