Hot rod pioneer Mickey Thompson lived an extraordinary life, and Mickey Thompson: The Lost Story of the Original Speed King in His Own Words gives us an exclusive look at his early years. Penned by the late automotive journalist Tom Madigan in the early 1970s, the story starts at the very beginning and highlights his accomplishments at the drags, Bonneville, and in the speed equipment business. Soon after completion, the manuscript was tucked away with plans to publish it later in Mickey’s career. Tragically, he and his wife were murdered in 1988 and the story never saw the light of day until recently.
This hardcover predates those dark times. Instead, it celebrates Mickey’s earliest record-breakers in 240 action-packed pages with a trove of historic photography. It’s a must-have for anyone interested in hot rodding, drag racing and the life of Mickey Thompson.