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Mobil Economy Run

1962 & 1963

 

M/T in 1962 economy  run

Mickey Thompson Won

  Class C- Large Engine Compact

27.30 MPG

Pontiac Tempest

 

1962:

The purpose of the Mobil Economy Run is to determine the mileage potentials of American passenger cars under the same city and country driving conditions encountered by the average motorist.

  Since American automobiles greatly differ in size, weight and horsepower and cannot be expected to compete on a miles-per-gallon basis, the field is broken into 8 competitive classes. All classes except class A, cars must be equipped with automatic transmissions.

 Mickey and his wife Judy both drove cars in the Mobil Economy Run this was there third year. They both took first place in there class.

Judy Thompson

Judy Thompson Won

  Class G - Medium Priced Cars

19.48 MPG

Pontiac Star Chief

 

1962 ECONOMY RUN CLASSES

Class A

Compact Cars with Manual (3-speed) Transmission

under 200 cid

Class B

Small Engine Compact Cars

under 160 cid

Class C

Large Engine Compact Cars

161 to 200 cid

Class D

Luxury Compact Cars

201 to 260 cid

Class E

Standard Size Six Cylinder Cars

Class F

Low Price, Standard Size, Eight Cylinder Cars

Class G

Medium Price, Standard Size, Eight Cylinder Cars

Class H

Luxury Cars

LEG

MILES

TIME ALLOWED

SPEED AVERAGE

L A - Flagstaff

484.6

11:50

41.2703 mph

Flagstaff - Tucumari

539.8

12:30

43.2459 mph

Tucumari - Tulsa

469.0

11:00

42.7744 mph

Tulsa - St. Louis

402.1

9:20

43.6260 mph

St. Louis - Chicago

306.7

7:45

46.3885 mph

Chicago - Detroit

295.4

6:30

46.3885 mph

HIGHLIGHTS

Overall Distance

2497.6 miles

Average Speed

42.70 mph

Highest Altitude

9010 feet Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming

Lowest Point on course

47 feet below sea level. Indio, California

Number of towns passed through

183

Number of States passed through

9

Traffic Signals

256

City Driving

272.6 miles

Expressway Driving

830.8

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Mickey Thompson

Here Mickey and Miss Thunderbird in Las Vegas.

1963:

  Again in 1963 Mickey Thompson and his wife Judy Thompson made the Mobil Economy Run. This was there fourth time in the Mobil Economy Run.

  In this run they switched cars from the previous year Mickey drove in Class G and Judy drove in Class C. If you look at the results you will see Judy actually did better than Mickey did in his old car, and he did worse in her old car.

Judy Thompson

Here is Judy going across the Nevada desert.

 

Mickey Thompson

Class G - Medium Priced V-8

19.27 MPG

Pontiac Star Chief

Judy Thompson

Class C- Large Engine Compact

27.31 MPG

Pontiac Tempest

LEG

MILES

TIME ALLOWED

SPEED AVERAGE

Los Angeles-Las Vegas

Las Vegas-Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City-Cheyenne

Cheyenne-Omaha

Omaha-Chicago

Chicago-Detroit

HIGHLIGHTS

Overall Distance

2373.2 miles

Average Speed

43.77 mph

Highest Altitude

9010 feet Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming

Number of towns passed through

203

Number of States passed through

11

Traffic Signals

340

City Driving

356 miles

Expressway Driving

525 miles

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