Scott Lear
Scott Lear
7/24/12 2:03 p.m.

Racers have a way of turning everyday fashion elements into pop culture icons. Steve McQueen cruised the pits at Le Mans in a white racer jacket, and it survives as a symbol of cool at the track. Jackie Stewart made tartan a valid choice for helmet decoration. And just try to imagine Richard Petty without his trademark cowboy hat.
Although Donna Mae Mims is not as widely known as these international motorsports heroes, in the world of American club racing she’s synonymous with the color pink. The Pink Lady put the motorsports scene on notice in 1963 by becoming the first female SCCA national champion.
She raced Austin-Healeys, MGs, Sunbeams and more, and she was an avid Chevy Corvette fanatic. She even ran at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Sports cars were more than a hobby for Donna Mae, who spent her days as the high performance manager at Yenko Sportscars.
The vivacious Donna Mae was an inspiration to Hollywood, too. Her real-life stint with two fellow female drivers in the 1972 Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash was the template for the all-female Lamborghini team in the film “Cannonball Run.” It’s no coincidence that Adrienne Barbeau’s character in the movie wore a hot-pink jumpsuit.
At the age of 82, after a lifetime of adventures in the world of sports cars, Donna Mae died of complications from a stroke on October 6, 2009. One year before her passing, however, she had a chance to relive her SCCA championship memories when Jeff Moore reunited her with the H Production 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite that carried her to the championship. The car was fully restored, complete with a fresh coat of signature Camellia Pink paint.

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SHANE
SHANE New Reader
8/1/12 10:15 a.m.

THIS IS STILL A WONDERFUL STORY, ABOUT A WONDERFUL WOMAN..TWO CLASSIC DONNA MAE & HER PINK BUGEYED SPRITE.......SHE SURE HAD A GOOD LIFE....SHANE

SHANE
SHANE New Reader
10/1/13 4:02 p.m.

I don't understand why more classic PEOPLE don't reply to a great story like this one........SHANE

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