Sunday, July 8, 2012

One Man’s Pursuit of the Holy Grail of Speed or When Your Armor Travels at 450 Miles Per Hour.



For certain, unique, individuals, breaking a land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats is somewhat of a personal quest. It is like searching for The Holy Grail. You know why you want it. You are not sure if you will get it… and you never really know what it will be like, until you do.

For Danny Thomson, who has many successful records and a quite few spectacular attempts at them, his latest pursuit of a speed record, is a personal one. His armor is the Challenger 2.5 and his Holy Grail of Speed is to break the record his dad, Mickey Thompson, set on the Salt Flats of Bonneville.

Danny, is an accomplished racer and innovator in his own right, and he is currently building and restoring his fathers' Challenger 2.5. Thompson plans to exceed the existing internal combustion wheel-driven land speed record of 417.020 mph with a goal of more than 420 mph. The Challenger 2 was Mickey Thompson's innovative design to achieve his dream of building the fastest piston-powered car in the world. The  Challenger 2.5 streamliner represents Danny's hard work and  dedication to honor his father's memory as well as make motorsports history.

We can all find inspiration from Danny Thompson and his Challenger 2.5. His ambition runs deep. There is something to be said about a man who will climb into a metal machine that can potentially  travel at over 450 miles per hour.
Godspeed Danny. I will enjoy watching you, surrounded in your armor, capturing your Holy Grail.
Knowing all the while, after you do,you will just want to go faster.