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Danny Thompson�s 1968 Challenger 2 Sets New Land Speed Record

The piston driven land speed record was broken yesterday – it now sits at a phenomenal 448.757 mph average. Hitting almost 450 mph in a 50-year-old car is a remarkable achievement and behind this is an even greater story.

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Danny Thompson’s record-breaking Challenger II was originally built by Danny’s father Mickey Thompson and was initially set to race at Bonneville in 1968. Bad weather at Speed Week that year