The number 8 was a beautiful car!
Deano with Eddie Wirth
Deano winning $125
Deano with Bruce Bromme Jr by Owen Richards
Deano with Tony Simon
Deano in the pits
deano looking where?
Deano with Tony Simon and Lealand McSpadden
Dean with Jimmy Sills
Bruce Jr with Bubby Jones and Dean Thompson
Deano with Bubby Jones and Lealand McSpaddon
Dean portrait by Ellen Ellis.
Dean was a winner from the beginning.
He drove "the Little Red SUcker" at Ascot to 105 victories.
It was a fast racecar.
He drove the turns like a straightaway.
With Bruce Jr (left) and Gary Tanaka, he was in the winners circle.
Deano in Little red sucker # 2
Deano with Bruce Sr
Look at the injectors on the little red sucker
Deano with Spencer, Atherton and Noffsinger
Deano in the third row at El Centro
Deano on the corner
Deano in the seat
Deano racing Lealand McSpadden
Deano and Bubby on the podium
Deano on the podium with Lealand McSpadden and Steve Kinser
Deano and Chuck Gurney
The Dean and Bubby show was amazing
Deaan with Bob Hogle, Jimmy Oskie and Billy Wilkerson
Dean with trophy girl and announcer Bruce Flanders
Dean with a trophy back in the day
Dean with Bruce SR and Jr
Dean getting congratulated
Dean with Jimmy Oskie and Rick Goudy
Dean being interviewed after a big win
Deano with the trophy girls
Dean after another win with JC Agajanian
Dean wins again
# 2 with Deano vrs Lealand
# 1 against Jimmy Oskie
He drove for Bruce Bromme SR and JR for many years. His 103 CRA victories is still the all time best, and will probably stand forever. He was CRA Champion three times, and still holds many other records from his stellar career. He was the fast qualifier 106 times, won 53 trophy dashes, and was the rookie of the year in 1972.
Dean helped many along the way, and his most recent protégé, Jason Leffler (R.I.P.), went on to make him proud in USAC and now NASCAR before he lost his life racing. Dean tried a comeback, and perhaps suffered his worst crash in his career at Santa Maria. That convinced him to stay retired, but he stayed close to SCRA racing. Dean was known as one of the hardest drivers going into the turns at Ascot. The Dean & Bubby show, (his unreal battles with hall of famer Bubby Jones) is legendary. When people remember Ascot, they remember Deano in that ”Little Red Sucker” knocking them down a notch. He was Mr Ascot.
As boys, Dean and Bruce Jr shared a little quarter midget as their first racing experience. They both learned something: Dean that He could drive very well and Jr that he didn't want to drive a racecar. Junior wanted to work on em' and this his many years of crew chief superemecy over the field until he passed away.
I still remember Bruce Sr telling stories about Deano, especially the ones about his start in racing, and wish we had those down on paper somewhere. I will always remember Deano in that red car, and will forever hold him in my heart as one of the best of all time. He was a true legend at Ascot Raceway, the place he ruled for years. And now he is gone, but not forgotten. Rest in peace Deano, you will be missed.