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  • “Good driving has nothing to do with sex. It’s all above the collar.” –Alice Huyler Ramsey On October 17, 2000, Alice Huyler Ramsey became the first woman ever to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Ramsey was the first woman to drive a car across the United States, a journey she and three other female passengers completed in 59 days when they arrived in San Francisco after departing from Manhattan, New York. Ramsey
  • By Nick Gargaro, Alumni Relations I am unable to drive without music. In college, I was unable to walk to class alone without music. Music in my ears works like a piston, rhythm and melody are like an engine driving me forward. While having music always available at my fingertips is a modern notion, it took less than 20 years for music to find its way into automobiles.   2008 Automotive Hall of Fame Inductee Paul Galvin and
  • Welcome to “Leading Ladies;” a month-long series on the women who have helped shape automotive history. Our first installment featured Shirley Muldowney, “the first lady of drag racing.” This week’s feature is on racer-journalist Denise McCluggage. Journalist, racer, skier, photographer, equal rights activist, trailblazer, friend. Denise McCluggage was all of these. Born in Kansas in 1927, McCluggage started a neighborhood newspaper at the age of 12. After graduating college, she got her first job as
  • Introducing our new series “Leading Ladies”; a month-long feature on the women who have helped shape automotive history. Our first installment features Shirley Muldowney, the “First Lady of drag racing” Shirley “Cha-Cha” Muldowney was born fast. A notorious street racer in her teenage years, she was the first woman ever to earn a Top Fuel dragster license and the first to win an NHRA World Championship. “School had no appeal to me. All I wanted

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