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SCORE Journal Issue - SEPTEMBER 2017

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ON A WING AND A PRAYER ALTHOUGH IT NEVER SAW A VICTORY, MICKEY THOMPSON'S CHALLENGER IV WAS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL VEHICLES THAT CHANGED OFF-ROAD MOTORSPORTS. BY DAN SANCHEZ PHOTOGRAPHY BY ICON MEDIA P eople who knew Mickey Thompson described him as an innovator; a trait that ultimately led to the creation of SCORE International and off-road racing as we know it today. A racer at heart, Thompson participated in many of his own off-road racing events and in doing so, ultimately became frustrated at the lack of capabilities the current off-road vehicles had at the time. In the mid-1970's Baja racers were using lightweight buggy chassis with VW engines, so Thompson decided to design his own vehicle that would truly change the way racers and vehicle designers build unlimited vehicles today. The vehicle began when Thompson purchased a couple of buggy chassis that were SCORE BAJA 50th SPECIAL SECTION ROAD TO THE 50TH SCORE JOURNAL 58

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