Rick Thompkins was born on June 28, 1940 in Richmond Virginia. He learned to work on cars and began drag racing at the age of 13. When Rick was in his early 20's he moved to Washington D.C., working as an auto mechanic. Having read up on the Pontiac GTO, Rick originally intended to purchase the original 1964 model, however he he was unable to purchase the one he desired. He waited to buy the 1965 version with the precise specs that suited him. This souped-up white 1965 GTO was specialy modified by the legendary Bobcat Team. Rick maintained and drag raced this road demon for years to follow.