(Image/Mickey Thompson Tires’ YouTube Channel)

Mickey Thompson was a lot of things: a racer, car builder, inventor, organizer, and promoter. And it’s fair to say that, without his influence, the automotive performance world would likely not enjoy the popularity that it does today.

From land speed racing to short-course off-roading, Mickey Thompson left a lot of footprints—particularly in the form his eponymous company, Mickey Thompson tires. And considering Thompson’s birthday is December 7, we figured now would be a good time to show you this awesome mini documentary on his life and accomplishments.

Put together by the aforementioned Mickey Thompson company and narrated by Thompson’s son Danny, it’s only about 15 minutes long and packed with interesting historical details and vintage racing footage. Check it out: