Known as the "Flying Dentist", Dr. Thompson to be reunited with "Gulf One", the Corvette Z06 he raced in 1963
Dr. Dick Thompson, known as the “Flying Dentist” during the glory years of automotive road racing, will be appearing at the Mecum auction at Kissimmee, Florida, Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24. He will be reunited with the 1963 Corvette Z06 race car, “Gulf One”, which he drove in 1963 and is being offered for sale Saturday afternoon.
Dr. Thompson cut a winning swath across the country in the Fifties and Sixties. Thompson raced everywhere from the Sebring 12 Hour Race against an international lineup to Road America, where America’s finest road racers met each summer.
Dr. Thompson will be available for autographs Friday afternoon and evening and looks forward to seeing old friends and meeting new fans. The Mecum Auction has incorporated a special autograph page inside the front cover of the Kissimmee Event Program making it a special souvenir for auction attendees. Dr. Thompson will also be available all day Saturday in the hours leading up to Gulf One’s sale tentatively schedule for 2:30 PM.
In the Fifties, the "Flying Dentist" contended for national championships and was a mainstay in SCCA racing but also competed in international events. At that time the amateurs and professionals competed against each other around the world and often drove in several races in a weekend – a far cry from today’s racing. Dr. Thompson has a wealth of memories from his racing days and fans are invited to strike up a conversation with one of America’s true Racing Legends.
As the main attraction of an estimated 750 collector cars, the Gulf One 1963 Z06 is expected to draw a crowd of thousands to the Mecum Kissimmee Auction, located at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. The car will be sold Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, as Lot # S110. See the Mecum website for more information on Gulf One. The general public is welcome, with tickets available at the door for $10. For more information, visit www.Mecum.com.
The Kissimmee Auction will be broadcast live on Mecum’s popular television series, “Mecum Auto Auction: Muscle Cars & More,” which returns for the 2009 season on HD Theater – A Discovery Company. See the HD Theater website for dates and times.
The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars, muscle cars and Corvettes for more than 20 years. In spring 2008, the company sold its 50,000th car, proving that Nobody Sells More Muscle than Mecum. Nobody. Consignment, Bidder, event and accommodation information is available online at www.Mecum.com or by calling (815) 568-8888.