Shirley Muldowney - The Queen Of Drag Racing In Her Own Words - Hot Rod Network
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It was in service from untilwhen it was driven under its own steam power to its display site in Champaign Park. A special track spur was built off a nearby railroad line.
On the day of its installation, a crowd of local youth, community members, and dignitaries watched the train roll in. Former Allen Park City Schools Superintendent John Sturock played trumpet at the steam locomotive's dedication when he was in sixth grade.
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One of the more notable moments in the train's decade long history in Champaign Park was when it was painted pink by some rapscallions as a Halloween prank in Reading George's account of the incident makes me wax nostalgic and want to be young and stupid again. What follows is George Jolokai's reminiscence of the train painting incident in all its charming innocence.
It was early October, and some guys I knew from Dearborn Heights had come by.
They were seniors, this was junior year for me. I lived across the street from the park, one house off the corner of Champaign and Buckingham. The train had been moved there a few years earlier and eventually the city put up a fence and locked gate, but going over there, hopping the fence and hanging out was not all that unusual.Shirley Muldowney Drag Racer Biography
It was a few weeks before Halloween, somehow the talk had turned to pranks. I grabbed a couple gallons of pink paint and some black paint from our basement and we headed over to the train in the dark.
Maybe spent two hours painting at most. We were more into transforming the train and getting a reaction to the whole thing being pink instead of just painting initials or slogans.
An early Heidelberg Project? We used rollers and big brushes, got a lot done before we ran out of paint, and stuffed all the paint cans in a park trash can.
My uncle was over, he and my dad were talking in the dining room about it. I was in the kitchen.
My uncle was into building Heathkit electronic stuff and figured the guys who did it must have had a police scanner. And a whole bunch of guys painting and they must have worked until almost dawn. He and my dad started talking about tipping over outhouses and what a good prank the painting had been since the train looked better, and at least folks came to look at it now. He was with us up at…no wait, he was home that weekend. Maybe I better count the cans!
I just knew he had never used it. It had been there forever bought from some sale at Sears. Predictably dad does his real angry bit. Wants to know who I did the prank with. One time, Shirley talks him into letting her drive.
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She wins and continues winning. A chance encounter with professional driver "Big Daddy" Don Garlits Bill McKinney gives her the idea to look for sponsorship from one of the major car manufacturers, despite her husband's skepticism. This being the s, a pretty housewife is not taken seriously, especially since there are no women professional drivers.
But when she returns home, Jack tells her that he can build her a dragster. Inshe is ready. Finally, Garlits seeing an opportunity to broaden the popularity of the sport signs, followed by funny car driver Connie Kalitta Beau Bridgeswho has his own reasons; Connie talks a reluctant third driver into going along.
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In her first attempt to qualify for a race, she sets a track record. Later, during a dinner with their respective spouses, Connie gets her alone, makes a pass at her, and she slaps him in the face. Shirley becomes successful, racing on weekends, but when Connie decides to move up to Top Fuel dragsters, she wants to buy his funny car and compete year round.
This exhausts Jack's tolerance for Shirley's racing activity, as he feels neglected, and they separate.