On Sunday morning, eight years of work culminated in a 450.909mph return run to secure a new piston-driven world land speed record. Combined with the Speed Week opening day 446.605mph pass, the new official record, which is an average of the two runs, is 448.757mph.
“[The pass] got a little squirrelly,” Thompson said on his blog. “I was almost lock-to-lock at around 430mph, which was quite an experience.
“I’d like to thank all of you for coming along with me on this wild ride. The interest, support, and encouragement has meant a lot to both myself and the crew. We made it happen with your backing.
“We’re in the books! What a fantastic day.”