| Women Racing - Girls Like Them Fast And Furious Too!
by Sue DeFiore
While today we have women racing in Indy, NASCAR and a variety
of different racing venues, years ago this wasnt the case.
In fact, during the era I grew up in women were looked upon in
a very different light. If you deviated from the norm you were
labeled as a tomboy. However, there were many, like
myself who loved to drive, work on cars and got a lot of satisfaction
in doing so. Just because we did
however, didnt mean we werent women, girls, ladies,
whatever you wish to be called.
Many of us so called tomboys were the product of being
first born girls with dads who wanted the prodigal son first,
but got a daughter instead. My dad and I watched sports together,
baseball, football, basketball. In fact, my dad was the neighborhood
dad (those who grew up when I did will understand) and played
with all the kids in the neighborhood. We would have touch football
games, kickball, baseball, t-ball and even badminton and volleyball
I developed an avid interest in cars, because my dad worked for
Rolls Royce and was always bringing some great cars home. He brought
home Joe Namaths Jaguar, a Silver Cloud Rolls Royce (owned
by one of the builders in the area I grew up). In fact I got to
drive it, which was a thrill to say the least.
Cars had character back then, you could tell them apart. While
my dad for years drove a Ford Station wagon (for business), he
also owned Dodges and some Chevys. My mother loved
the Mustang and got one in 1965. I liked them bigger, so my first
car was a 1962 Chevy Belair (2 door). I nicknamed her The
Black Beauty she was a great car.
My dad showed me how to change my oil and filter, and to take
care of my car. We also worked on the brakes and much more together.
I would spend a whole day, cleaning, washing and waxing that car.
It was the perfect car for my lead foot. I cant
count the number of cars that would pull up next to me, and reeve
up their engines thinking Its a girl, shell
never beat me off the line! Well, how wrong they were. I
can count on one hand those that took me off the line!
I hung around with a group of friends, mostly guys, but some girls
also. The cars were varied, Mustangs, Vettes, Chargers, Chevelles
and a multitude of street cars. We all loved cars and
driving them, and especially driving them to their limits. Which
we did! Did us girls always beat the guys, nah, but it was sure
fun when we did!
So remember, next time you come up next to a lady driver, Girls
like them Fast and Furious Too!
Copyright 2010 DeFiore Enterprises
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