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 profileduntil w. Author Erik Arneson delves into the life and career of one of racings greatest invators and most successful businessmen, while also chronicling the story of his tragic murder and his familys relentless quest to bring his killer to justice. This is a fascinating account of an amazing life that ended too soon.
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 Racing s 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.