Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Woman Racer

Today we have a picture of a woman race car driver. While we do not know her name, we do know it was very unusual to have women race car drivers at this time. The picture was taken in 1916.


  1. Great photo!
    I really like her driving shoes.

  2. Given the white (clean) overalls and shoes, I wonder if this photo was staged?

    1. My thoughts too!
      -Anne K.

  3. Found on the web:

    Eleanor Blevins poses with the Weightman Stutz at Benning

    ’Peggy’ Blevins reportedly won a 1916 six-car race for women between Los Angeles and San Diego, but the car she is most associated (and photographed) with is the ‘Weightman Stutz’ a Stutz Bearcat frame fitted with a 285-ubic inch valve-in-head Wisconsin engine with aerodynamic bodywork owned by the notorious William Weightman III. Weightman owned a second race car was the bright red 90-horsepower “ICB” (or Eye-See-Bee) a failed entrant in the 1914 Indianapolis ‘500’ built by the Carter Brothers.

    While Weightman raced a rented Duesenberg on the West Coast, on Thanksgiving Day 1916 the ‘Weightman Stutz’ was in action at the Benning Race Track one-mile former horse racing track located in the northeast part of the District of Columbia. The Benning track built in 1890 by the Washington Jockey Club that flourished before Congress outlawed pari-mutuel wagering in the District in 1908.

  4. Thanks for finding out who she was! The pristine jumpsuit must have been at the start of the race. And it also looks like she had at least some idea of what went on under the hood. In those days, she'd have had to. She probably couldn't just pull into the pit and leave the pit crew to fix things. She would have had to know herself how to fix her car.

    Have we seen Amelia Earhart yet this week? Hope you've got a nice picture of her waiting for us! Then you really will have taken us from the top to the bottom of what early women pioneers were doing, in all fields of endeavor. I'll even settle for Bonnie, of Bonnie and Clyde, for your last picture. She was an adventurer, that's for sure.


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