Synopses & Reviews
Mickey Thompson: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of a Racing Legend goes beyond the grisly headline stories covering the mysterious 1988 murder of Thompson and his wife to tell the complete story of a full-throttle driver, an innovative car builder, a tireless motorsports promoter, and a businessman extraordinaire who succeeded in nearly every form of racing. “Mickey Thompson was a charismatic American go-getter . . . a trailblazer with an infectious and stimulating love for the automobile. He was a huge credit to southern California hot rod racing. He and his wife, Trudy, are missed to this day, and it is nice to see a book published recording for history the many contributions he made to the sport of motor racing.”-Dan Gurney, first driver to win races in Formula One, NASCAR, and Indy cars “We all knew Mickey Thompson was great, but I didn’t realize how amazing and revolutionary he was to the world of racing. I was stuck to this book. I couldn’t wait until the next chapter to learn more about this remarkable man.”-Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, four-time NHRA Funny Car champion
On March 16, 1988, motorsport legend Mickey Thompson and his second wife, Trudy, were gunned down by hooded assassins in the driveway of their Bradbury, California, home. This shocking and brutal double-murder brought an abrupt end to one of the most extraordinary careers in the history of motorsports, a career that has never been completely profiled—until now. Author Erik Arneson delves into the life and career of one of racing’s greatest innovators and most successful businessmen, while also chronicling the story of his tragic murder and his family’s relentless quest to bring his killer to justice. This is a fascinating account of an amazing life that ended too soon.
About the Author
Erik Arneson is a former design editor and motorsports reporter for USA Today and is now director of public relations for SPEED Channel. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and children. He is author of Motorbook's Mickey Thompson: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of a Racing Legend.Erik Arneson is a former design editor and motorsports reporter for USA Today and is now director of public relations for SPEEDtv. He has written two books about drag racing, including John Force: The Straight Story of Drag RacingÆs 300-MPH Superstar, published by Motorbooks. He received a Bronze Award at the 2008 International Automotive Media Awards for Excellence for this biography of Mickey Thompson.