collapse

* Welcome

Welcome to GPWizard F1 Forum!

GPWizard is the friendliest F1 forum you'll find anywhere. You have a host of new like-minded friends waiting to welcome you.

So what are you waiting for? Becoming a member is easy and free! Take a couple seconds out of your day and register now. We guarantee, you wont be sorry you did.

Click Here to become a full Member for Free

* User Info

 
 
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

* Newsletter

GPWizard F1 Forum Newsletter Email address:
Weekly
Fortnightly
Monthly

* Grid Game Deadlines

Qualifying

Race

* Who's Online

  • Dot Guests: 32
  • Dot Hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 0

There aren't any users online.

* Top Posters

cosworth151 cosworth151
15886 Posts
Scott Scott
14050 Posts
Dare Dare
12769 Posts
John S John S
10879 Posts
Ian Ian
9724 Posts

Author Topic: "Pink Lady" Driver Dies  (Read 1420 times)

Offline cosworth151

"Pink Lady" Driver Dies
« on: October 12, 2009, 01:25:31 PM »
Donna Mae Mims, sports car racing's “Pink Lady,” died at age 82. She was the first woman to win a Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Championship. She wore a pink driving suit and painted her cars pink. They carried the motto "Think Pink."

In the late 1950's, she worked for Don Yenko's Chevrolet dealership in Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania. Yenko was famous for building and marketing modified, high performance cars. Mims gained her first success in 1960 in one of Yenko's modified Corvettes. She won the B Production race at the Cumberland National.

In 1963, she won the SCCA H Production National Championship in a pink frogeye Sprite. In her 14 year driving carrer, she drove everything a TR-3 and an MGB to Yenko Stinger Corvairs. She raced in the 12 hours of Sebring and Daytona 24 Hours in a Sunbeam Alpine, co-driven by Janet Guthrie and Suzi Dietrich.

She continued to work as a course marshal at SCCA events until recently. Last year, she was reunited with her Frogeye at Mid Ohio.

In 1972, Mims also drove in the first of Brock Yates' Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash - The Cannonball Run. She and two other women drove a Cadillac limo. Pink, of course.

Per her wishes, Mims' body was seated behind the steering wheel of a 1979 pink Corvette for visitation hours at the funeral home. More than 60 Vettes will be in her funeral procession.



“You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
― Bob Dylan

 


SimplePortal 2.3.6 © 2008-2014, SimplePortal
Menu Editor Pro 1.0 | Copyright 2013, Matthew Kerle