NOTE: This was originally posted in February 2011. I stumbled on this vintage clip of the icon of Indy – Linda Vaughn. She was one of the original Hurst Girls and her presence still draws crowds and admirers every year. She is as much a part of Indy as an Unser, a Foyt or an Andretti. There are certain attributes that are just part of racing. Enjoy! GT
It’s about 90 days to Indy, if my quick count of the calendar is correct and I was thinking about the glory days – the racers, the mystique of Indy and what it meant just to be part of such a magical place. If you haven’t been to the speedway, I am not sure that you can relate. It is one of those places that literally “speaks” to you. For me, Pikes Peak is also a place like Indy – if you just take a moment to listen, the old racers – the people that risked life and limb for the sheer fact of just getting to the 500th mile and to the top of mountain, can relate. It just “is”.
A part of the mystique is also the girls – whether it be present day Formula One Grid Girls or vintage Pikes Peak, “Princess Power” – at every motorsports event I have ever attended or raced – there are always the female persuasion. I collected a few Princess Power vintage photos, over the years, because I think they are cool. Pikes Peak needs to bring back Princess Power. Well, maybe a modern day version – but a certain crowd pleaser for sure.