Barrie Thompson, Jeepspeed Champion, Passes Away at 54Posted in News on February 23, 2016
The off-road family lost another member as Barrie Thompson passed suddenly at the age of 54. Thompson was the first-ever Jeepspeed Challenge champion in 2002 and 2003. He passed from heart failure while test-driving a Hemi-powered JK Wrangler for the upcoming Mint 400.
In any desert race environment, Thompson was an all rounder. A Mr. Fix It, “I can drive any thing, anywhere” kind of guy. From 1991 to 2001, Thompson was behind the scenes as codriver, crew chief, prep guy and semi driver for the highly successful Don-A-Vee Motorsports teams of Darren Skilton, Curt Leduc, and other drivers with Jeep and Kia Trophy Trucks, Class 8, Class 6. Class 3, Stock Full, and Stock Mini resulting in countless wins at Baja 1000, Baja 2000, Baja 500, Vegas to Reno and SCORE and BITD championships
Between 1994 and 2012 Thompson was on Darren Skilton's teams at Dakar Rallies in Africa and South America, driving big T4 support trucks. He also crewed the Baja Rallies in Europe
In 2001, Thompson teamed up with Gavin Skilton to build and race some of the first Jeepspeed cars. Barrie was the Jeepspeed Challenge Champion in 2002 and 2003 driving the Skyjacker Cherokee. His last Jeepspeed win was at 2012 Mint 400 driving a Jeepspeed Outlaws Cherokee with Darren Skilton.