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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2018, 07:25:07 PM »
That red light is a "lift" light.

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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2018, 09:01:59 PM »
That red light is a "lift" light.

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Indeed it is.

I think it was SCREAMING at him

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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2018, 11:42:35 PM »
I don't know what a "lift light" is. :?
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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2018, 11:29:14 AM »
Netherworld Danny! He definitely knows what the right pedal is for!       Rex
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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2018, 10:39:37 AM »
I was going to ask whether anyone knew Danny's plans (WoS, FIA records, etc.) but thought I first ought to check his web site and other reliable sources of information.

Turns out he has answered all my questions (and more :cheers:) at http://thompsonlsr.com/news/.

Quoting at length (because I think these are fine words):

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When I took the Challenger 2 out of storage eight years ago, I had a chassis, some bodywork, and a lot of half-baked ideas about how to resurrect my dad’s old car as a world class streamliner. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and it would have been impossible without the support and enthusiasm of racing fans all over the world. You helped me find my team, drove media interest, and made it clear to sponsors that we were a horse worth backing. My wife Valerie calls C2 the people’s car, and that’s exactly how I feel about it. You all came on this journey with me, and I’ll always be grateful for that.

I consider myself a pretty lucky guy, but the best piece of good fortune I’ve had is stumbling across my crew. These guys are the best in the world at what they do, and for the past four years, every single one of them has been a volunteer. They sacrificed their weekends, holidays, and pocketbooks to chase this dream with me, and I quite literally trust them with my life. When they strap me in and tell me the car is ready, I know I’m good to go. We made a quick video about most of the team members a year or so ago, and I hope you’ll watch it if you get a chance. These guys and gals are the real deal.

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It’s hard to believe, but the C2 has only made 10 passes on a full length course. I’m not going to lie—I’m very proud of these numbers. As a competitive streamliner, the car is, for obvious reasons, pretty old fashioned. It’s difficult to service, the dual-engines are a nightmare for turnaround, and we’re missing a lot of safety features like traction control. For the record, had I built a car from scratch, I would have changed all of that. But that wasn’t an option, so my team and I made on a bet on old-school, balls-to-the-walls horsepower, and I think it was a good call. If you’re going to be pushing a stick through the air, you might as well push like hell. And we did.

People often ask me how fast I think the car could go under ideal conditions, and the fact of the matter is, I don’t know. If you look at the bottom line of the spreadsheet, it’s pretty clear that our last run was by far our fastest ever in terms of acceleration. If I hadn’t been sliding all over the course after the four, I think the final number would have been even stronger. In short, by walking away from the car now, I may very well be leaving some speed on the table. That said, I am walking away, which might not be the case if I go for another lock-to-lock joy ride at 430mph.

So is that why I’m retiring the car? No. It’s more prosaic than that. It’s the money. I should have stopped two years ago. If I was really smart, I probably wouldn’t have started. Our sponsors have been incredible, but like a lot of racers, a significant portion of this came out of my own pocket, and not in a way that was sustainable. A huge thank you to my wife Valerie for tolerating that. Dreams come at a high cost, often more than you think or planned for, but I strongly believe they’re worth pursuing. If you’ve got a bucket list, get started emptying it. I’m 69 years old! It’s not too late.

So what did I get out of this whole thing? As of today, the Challenger 2 is the fastest piston driven record holder. Which isn’t really a thing by the way. It’s not a class, or an official title, or something you get a trophy for. But it’s what I’ve wanted from day one of the project, because it’s what MT and I believed the car had the potential to be. And if someone breaks the 448mph average tomorrow, that’s perfectly fine, that’s racing, that’s as it should be. Bonneville is the greatest amateur sporting arena in the world, and we’re all chasing speed like our lives depend on it. I’m going to be on the sidelines now, rooting for everyone. And based on some of the numbers that came out of this year’s Speed Week, there’s a lot to look forward to.

I’ve got to end with a word about family. I was supposed to rebuild the C2 with my dad. We didn’t get the chance to make that happen. But I know he was with me in the cockpit, and his name was right next to mine on the canopy. And when I broke the record, my mom, my wife, and my son were outside the car waiting for me. So let me say it one more time: thank you.

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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2018, 11:29:21 AM »
Thanks for posting that TD.  :cheers:

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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2018, 12:35:23 PM »
   After reading that heartfelt overview of his accomplishments and genuine show of appreciation I can only say to anyone who has a bad thing to say about Danny is "shame on you".

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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2018, 01:24:23 PM »
   After reading that heartfelt overview of his accomplishments and genuine show of appreciation I can only say to anyone who has a bad thing to say about Danny is "shame on you".
AMEN!!

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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2018, 07:16:36 PM »
Furthermore...

I study (and admire) every vehicle on the salt, quietly appreciating the thoughts and efforts put into all the unique construction and detailing particulars, but no detail stands out more to me than the simple yet moving homage; "Drivers: Mickey and Danny".  I was moved when I saw it, and those who know, know, and those who don't know will never know.

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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #25 on: September 12, 2018, 10:45:55 PM »
Total inspiration. Thanks for that post.
LSR is an all consuming thing. It sucks you in, IMO!!!.
What does Danny do now????. You spend your life focused
on this dream and there must be some kind of anti climax
emotion involved. Great guy who stuck with the program.
God Bless Him. :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2018, 08:20:59 AM »
I think he is going to build a Street Roadster and try to Plymouth off Stan Back!  or not.... He talked about wanting to build the car in his head but who knows. 
He achieved a dream... does he have another one in him...  time will tell  :cheers:  :cheers: Danny
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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #27 on: September 13, 2018, 01:18:27 PM »
I'm sure Danny and family are very glad on his accomplishments for his life goals, we all are very proud of Danny and crew, it take courage to drive that fast on the salt that feels more like snow or ice at those speeds, Danny you showed a lot of guts and courage to do what you did, glad I had a chance to video you at the 5 mile back in 2015 at Speed Week, Now that you have retired your Streamliner I suggest you take a look at having it at the "World of Speed" Museum in Wilsonville, Oregon. I have donated my Bonneville Avanti to the Studebaker National Foundation and they have loaned my ex-car to the "World of Speed" museum for 2 years, they already have your dad's streamliner with the 4 Pontiac engines there and other cars you Dad had, and I love this museum, so your streamliner added to the other ones in the Land Speed section of their car museum makes good sense,  take care Danny and again congratulations on what you and crew accomplished, Dave Bloomberg (retired Avanti Kid Racing)  :cheers
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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #28 on: September 13, 2018, 01:48:15 PM »
Danny was in So Cal last week and we met at Donut Derelicts when I was walking around about 6:30 am. I didn't even see him and was surprised when said "Hey JD". As we talked no one came up as he just kinda blended in with everyone else....I did notice that every time a roadster drove by he looked.... If he would have had a Black Hat on it might have been different but he had left it in his other truck.

After being in his pit Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Bonneville I and my wife Jean can only tell you what a "Class Act" he, his family, and whole team was and is. .
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Re: Danny Thompson...The Challenger becomes the Champ
« Reply #29 on: September 13, 2018, 08:41:26 PM »
One of Danny's crew told me there is a sensor under the nose that detects if the front gets too light as the fuel ran down.

That may be the lift light.

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