Killer Thompson

This article could probably also be titled “Killer Thompson, The Man, The Myth, The Legend” because there are so many stories around about him and his hot rodding. Of course Killer has been around a long time in the automotive world, and I still remember the first time I met him in the late 80’s. Some of the stories are printable, while others are not. So here in this article are just some facts and photos to bring you up to date on Killer and his hot rodding.

Killer’s hot rod roots trace back to street racing in 1955 that progressed to drag racing at tracks around Birmingham, Alabama in the late 50’s. Killer was your typical hell raising race car driver until he settled down with a family and a career around 1965. A job, a wife and kids put the brakes on his need for speed for almost 20 years, except for a stretch with fast boats that got him paired up with another legend out of the Nashville, TN area, but that is another story for another time. Killer got into the street rod scene in the early 80’s where his love of the 1940 Ford became known to the street rod world. Since those days Killer has owned many different styles of 1940 Ford’s and all of them national award winners and feature cars in numerous magazines, including his current 1940 Ford coupe that was a cover and feature car last year for a national magazine. 

At this time Killer is retired from Newell Paper Company where he spent 51 years working his way up the ladder from floor sweeper & warehouse boy at 18 to company Vice President by the age of 27. Retired now, his focus is still on hot rodding more than ever with his garage packed full of memorabilia accumulated over the years and hot rods that never seem to stay in the garage long before they are sold and another takes its place. With Killer living in this current location for the past 21 years, his shop/garage has evolved and grown to the point where not all of his toys or projects are in one location. Projects that got started and have been put to the side for whatever reason are in a separate location on his property from his garage by the house, which houses finished vehicles or ones that are up for sale. Current projects being built at custom shops are a 1934 Ford coupe that will be full fendered, sliced & diced from top to bottom and then stuffed full of a Hemi equipped with a 2x4 set up. In another shop is a 1941 Willys Gasser that is being built so Killer can bring his name back to the strip for the Nostalgia Drags that have become so popular over the last few years. 

In closing, if you wonder about the nickname Killer that he has gone by for so many years, the true story for that can be told by his wife Faye. I’m not going to give that secret away, but she can and will if you ask her. Thanks Killer for inviting us by, spending what was a very interesting evening with you and for letting us share with our readers what you have your garage.

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11/15/2017 (11/15/2017)
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