Dick Thompson, a dentist by trade, started racing in 1956 with the support of Zora Arkus-Duntov. Thompson won numerous races in the late 50's and 60's, and took the SCCA championship in 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961 and 1962 in Classes A, B and C. In 1963, he won at Watkins Glen driving a Corvette Grand Sport, and was class winner at Sebring in 1957. He also took third place at Daytona in 1963, and took the win in 1970 in the GT class. Thompson used his knowledge of the Corvette to write "The Corvette Guide" in 1958. Thompson was distinguished as "The Flying Dentist", and he brought credibility to the Corvette as a world class sports car.