Tribute roast set for Linda Vaughn, the ‘First Lady of Motorsports’

Linda Vaughn with Steve Davis of the Barrett-Jackson auction company. (John Gunnell photo)

By John Gunnell

Linda Vaughn — who is best known as the “First Lady of Motorsports” — will be roasted by racing and performance personalities at the end of August. Set for Aug. 29 at the Sports Castle — the Lucas family estate in Carmel, Ind. — the roast will precede the National Hot Rod Association Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis Aug. 29-Sept. 3.

Roasters including Joe Amato, Paul Candies, Corky Coker, Jeg Coughlin Sr., John Force, Chip Ganassi, Don Garlits, Bob Glidden, Lynn St. James and Jack “Doc” Watson will chronicle the life of the buxom blonde from Dalton, Ga. Bob Frey, NHRA event announcer, will preside as the master of ceremonies over what promises to be a very memorable evening starting with cocktails at 6 p.m.

An auction of donated items from Vaughn’s racing friends also will be held. It will be split into two formats: a silent auction during the cocktail hour and live bidding on select items between the roasters’ presentations.

In 2009, Linda joined Doc Watson, Nate Sheldon and other VIPS to introduce a Hurst version of the last Gen Camaro. (John Gunnell photo)

Tickets for 350 seats are available at the Quarter Mile Foundation website or Tickets will not be available for sale at the event. VIP/sponsor tables are available as well. Non-VIP tables can also be sponsored or individual seats can be purchased. The event will be filmed and the DVD will be made available to the public.

The Quarter Mile Foundation is a 501(c) not-for-profit foundation that is producing a documentary film about drag racing history and the growth of the performance  aftermarket. A portion of the purchase of tickets or sponsorships is tax deductible.


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