Old Photos: Kansas City Dragettes

I feel a lack of historicity on this blog lately, so here are some photos of the Dragettes – Kansas City’s all-girl hot rod club.

©Time, Francis Miller

I didn’t find anything relevant about the Dragettes but there is a newspaper article about the KCTA- Kansas City Timing Association which conducted the drag races at that time.

It all began in 1955 when Eugene M. Pond, then Kansas City’s chief of detectives who now is chief of police in Wichita , became alarmed at the menacing hot-rod situation here. Motorcycle patrolmen were having a tough time coping with wildcatting, illegal drag racing, on city streets. High speed chases of 100 miles an hour or more were common occurrences.

Pond held a series of meetings with motor-happy youngsters that resulted in formation of the timing accociation. The Kansas City Southern Lines offered a plot of land for $2 a year. A loan of $70,000, to be repaid from profits of the strip , was obtained from a patron group and a contractor agreed to contribute half the cost of grading and paving.

Caught in a swirl of public enthusiasm, the strip was finished two months sooner than planned and suddenly, nocturnal cat and mouse episodes between dragsters and police largely disappeared. The situation has remained relatively the same ever since.

©Time, Francis Miller

©Time, Francis Miller

©Time, Francis Miller

©Time, Francis Miller

©Time, Francis Miller

©Time, Francis Miller

©Time, Francis Miller

  • Remind me not to EVER touch your keyboard.

    • They are old ladies now have some respect. But stay away from my keyboard just in case.

  • Rick in PV

    What cool chicks! Your best Life mag find yet, Meesha!

  • cb

    Great pictures, I need the full story though. Someone knows who they are…

    • There is a little bit of a story under the first photo, that’s all I could find at the time