Dick Thompson's '66 Mustang
Notchback Trans Am Racer
© Steve Francis, Wolfgang Kohrn - Published Aug 17th, 2004, last updated 21st. January 2008
Picture courtesy Nick England
Virginia International Raceway History Page (see T/A-links)
Jim Sutter, the original owner, put the racing dentist Dr. Dick Thompson behind the wheel for the Governor's Cup 4-hour Trans-Am at Sebring in March of 1966. This was the first T/A race and the Thompson notchback was the first car entered and issued # 1. Thompson was the fastest qualifier and sat on the pole.
For the VIR 400 Trans Am drivers were Jim
Sutter, Dick Thompson and NASCAR driver
Wendell Scott. Organizers for the event paid Jim Sutter $500 to put
Scott behind the wheel.
Another occasional driver was Ed Lowther better know for racing a Cobra. Restored by Dale Sale with additional work by Steve Francis.
This car started out as a 1964 1/2 six-cylinder model that Jim Sutter updated to '66 model trim and prepared to FIA Group II spec. The FIA papers are dated 2/21/66.
The car's first race was the Four-Hour
Governor's Cup race for sedans at Sebring,
3/25/66. This first T/A race was a support event to the Sebring 12-Hour
race. Jim Sutter put the famous racing dentist, Dr. Dick Thompson,
at the wheel. For the new Trans-Am series,
this was the first car entered and
was issued #1.
of Dick Thompson's Koons Ford 1966 Mustang T/A