Sport: It's Speed

"For some men, it's dope. For others, liquor. For others, tobacco, skiing, football, anything." The grease-smeared hot-rodder from El Monte, Calif, grinned. "For me, it's speed."

It's always been speed for Mickey Thompson, 30. who last week went to the annual Bonneville speed trials on the salt flats of Utah with Challenger I, the flashiest hot-rod of them all. To get ready for his run, Thompson quit his job as a pressman for the Los Angeles Times seven months ago, spent up to 20 hours a day —and most of his savings—working with...

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