Richard Knight (Dick) Thompson, Jr. (July 9, 1920 – September 14, 2014) was an American racecar driver. A Washington, D.C. dentist by trade, he is known as "The Flying Dentist". He won numerous Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) championships and was inducted in the Corvette Hall of Fame. Thompson brought credibility to the Corvette as a world-class sports car. Active from the late 1950s until the 1970s, Thompson raced for several notable racers, including the factory Corvette team for John Fitch and Briggs Cunningham.

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  • Richard „Dick“ Thompson (* 9. Juli 1920; † 4. September 2014) war ein US-amerikanischer Autorennfahrer. (de)
  • Richard Dick Thompson est un pilote automobile américain à la retraite, né le 9 juillet 1920 et mort le 14 septembre 2014. Il était surnommé par ses concurrents de course « The dentist flying » car il occupait un poste de dentiste à Washington, D.C.. Thompson a participé aux courses automobiles de la fin des années 1950 jusqu'aux années 1970 et a remporté à plusieurs reprises le Sports Car Club of America. Aux États-Unis, il est considéré comme le pilote Corvette par excellence et participe notamment à son succès en remportant le SCCA en 1954 (groupe FP), 1956, puis en 1957 (groupe BP), 1959 (groupe CM) 1960 (groupe CM), 1961 (groupe BP) et 1962 groupe AP) en classes (groupes) Production A, B et C toujours avec la même voiture (également vainqueur du groupe DP en 1958 sur Austin Healey/100-6 cette unique fois, et 3e des groupes CP en 1955 et AP en 1963) (soit un titre général, et sept de groupes). Dick Thompson travaille en tant que pilote pour l'écurie Briggs Cunningham et en 1960, il participe aux 24 Heures du Mans. Son meilleur résultat est une quatrième place en 1961 avec Augie Pabst à bord d'une Maserati Tipo 63. En 1967, il remporte avec Jacky Ickx les 1 000 kilomètres de Spa à bord d'une Mirage M1, et termine aussi 2e des 6 Heures de Malboro en 1965, 3e des 500 Milles Road America et des 500 kilomètres de Bridgehampton la même année, ainsi que 3e des 6 Heures de Watkins Glen en 1968. Aujourd'hui, Dick Thompson vit à Wellington en Floride, où il est retraité depuis 2007. (fr)
  • Richard Knight (Dick) Thompson, Jr. (July 9, 1920 – September 14, 2014) was an American racecar driver. A Washington, D.C. dentist by trade, he is known as "The Flying Dentist". He won numerous Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) championships and was inducted in the Corvette Hall of Fame. Thompson brought credibility to the Corvette as a world-class sports car. Active from the late 1950s until the 1970s, Thompson raced for several notable racers, including the factory Corvette team for John Fitch and Briggs Cunningham. Thompson started racing in 1952 in one of the first 12-hour races at Sebring International Raceway. He drove to the track in his MG TD, and co-drove the car to an eighth-place finish. He caught Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov's eye in 1956, when Thompson was the only driver to compete in a production Corvette. He 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. Thompson used his knowledge of the Corvette to write The Corvette Guide in 1958. He never made enough money to cover more than his expenses. He had never quit his dentistry business, so he decided to concentrate on that business full-time. He has raced occasionally in events since his retirement. He lived in Wellington, Florida as of October 2007. On September 14, 2014, he died of pneumonia at a hospice in West Palm Beach, Florida. (en)
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  • Richard „Dick“ Thompson (* 9. Juli 1920; † 4. September 2014) war ein US-amerikanischer Autorennfahrer. (de)
  • Richard Knight (Dick) Thompson, Jr. (July 9, 1920 – September 14, 2014) was an American racecar driver. A Washington, D.C. dentist by trade, he is known as "The Flying Dentist". He won numerous Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) championships and was inducted in the Corvette Hall of Fame. Thompson brought credibility to the Corvette as a world-class sports car. Active from the late 1950s until the 1970s, Thompson raced for several notable racers, including the factory Corvette team for John Fitch and Briggs Cunningham. (en)
  • Richard Dick Thompson est un pilote automobile américain à la retraite, né le 9 juillet 1920 et mort le 14 septembre 2014. Il était surnommé par ses concurrents de course « The dentist flying » car il occupait un poste de dentiste à Washington, D.C.. Thompson a participé aux courses automobiles de la fin des années 1950 jusqu'aux années 1970 et a remporté à plusieurs reprises le Sports Car Club of America. Aujourd'hui, Dick Thompson vit à Wellington en Floride, où il est retraité depuis 2007. (fr)
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