Dr. Richard K. Thompson, Jr.

Wellington FL
Member, Memoriam

“The original “Flying Dentist”, Dick won numerous Sports Car Club of America championships and was inducted in the Corvette Hall of Fame. In the 1970s, he raced for the factory Corvette team of Briggs Cunningham. He began racing in 1952 in one of the first 12 hour races at Sebring International Raceway driving to the track in his MG TD. He caught Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov’s eye in 1956 when he was the only driver to compete in a production Corvette… won the SCCA championship in his Corvette in 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961 and 1962 in Classes A, B and C. He was selected to test drive a new Corvette Grand Sport at Sebring in December 1962. In 1963, he drove a Corvette Grand Sport to victory at Watkins Glen International. He took third place that year at Daytona International Speedway and won the GT class in 1970.

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