Linda Vaughn, First Lady Of Motorsports And Race Queen, Then And Now

By Emily Morenz
1968 NHRA Winternationals - Pomona. Linda Vaughn, Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, poses with Hurst's Jack Duffy, Vice President of Public Relations. (Photo by Bob Swaim/The Enthusiast Network via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Known as Miss Hurst Golden Shifter and the “First Lady of Motorsports,” Linda Vaughn brought sex appeal to the boys' club of NASCAR. Wearing skimpy outfits that often highlighted her large breasts and fit physique, she became an in-demand racetrack personality and gave racing some needed Hollywood glitz and glamor. The “Queen of Racing” brought a new form of entertainment to Nascar not only with her physical attributes, but also with her sincere kindness that made her everyone’s favorite racing sweetheart, known and loved by all of the legendary racing icons and from the 1960s to 1980s.