started racing on El Mirage a dry
lake near LA when he was 15 years old,
he had a buddy drive his Model A to El Mirage and Mickey went 79 MPH
on his first trip, which was very close to the class record. That was
the start of his teenage reputation for having the fastest cars in school.
Early Fiftys M/T run a Compention Coupe at El
Mirage and the
Salt Flats. One year he had two flat head Ford V-8's and then he put
a Chrysler Hemi in place of one of the flat head Fords.
1958 M/T while on his way to a national drag race he stopped by the
salt flats with a twin engine Hemi dragster, he took it onto the salt
flats and run it setting a new record of 294 MPH which was 25 MPH
faster than the previous record which took seven years to set by the
prevoius record holder. This made Mickey decided to build a car which
would go 400 MPH.
August 22, 1959 M/T took the "Challenger I" to Bonneville
and run a 1 way top speed of 351.95 MPH and a two way average of
345.33 MPH and set 4 World records.
September 9, 1960 M/T took the "Challenger I" to a one way
speed of 406.60 MPH to become the fastest person in the world. He did
not set a two way average because of a drive shaft let go and there
was not enough time to fix it and make a run.
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