OLD SCHOOL HURST GIRLS GONE WILD | GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES

linda-vaughn-hurst-lug-nutsLinda Vaughn, the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”

Linda Vaughn, the lovely, leggy, legend of the auto racing scene from the 60′s through the early 80′s was better known as– Miss Hurst Golden Shifter. She was a trophy queen whose voluptuous looks and charm often stole the show at auto racing events she attended– SCCA, NASCAR, Indy & Formula One, among others.  Linda has been knocked by many for setting Women’s Lib back with her busty displays, but her passion for the sport ran deep and she had a major impact– not just in promoting the sponsors, but also in advancing women’s racing.  Vaughn earned her SCCA competition license at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and then got behind the wheel and raced.

Linda Vaughn, the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”

Linda Vaughn, the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”

The Legendary Hurst Girls–  Marsha on left, Linda Vaughn in center & Nikki on right

Linda Vaughn, the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”

Linda Vaughn, the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”

The legendary Linda Vaughn takes a ride prior to the start of a race at Road Atlanta in 1971.  via

Billy Scott & the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn

Hurst Girls

Linda Vaughn, the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” driving the Hurst golf cart

The legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn, 1971

The legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn, 1971

Hurst Girl, Nikki (nice Olds)

The Legendary Hurst Girls, Marsha on left, Linda Vaughn in center & Nikki on right

Linda Vaughn, the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”

Linda Vaughn, the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”

The Hurst Girls

Linda Vaughn, the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”

Linda Vaughn, the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”

Linda Vaughn, the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”

Linda Vaughn, the legendary “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”

Jalopy Journal has an excellent Linda Vaughn thread that produced most of these incredible images

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25 thoughts on “OLD SCHOOL HURST GIRLS GONE WILD | GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES

  1. what folks HAVE 2 realize everyBODY wanted 2 bone that CHICK & she must have got a TRUCKload of crap by the hillBILLIES in motor SPORTS, she was always a LADY & represented HURST w/ class & grace & YES every IMPORTANT event was IMPORTANT if SHE was there.. I saw her maybe 4 times @ motor sports stuff I was involved in and YES she always made AN impression. even these great PICKS don’t do her JUSTICE. IT was amazing, she still commands respect in MRKT & promotion , Big DADDY & all the other LEGENDS respected & still respect her a grand LADY

  2. I had no idea spokesmodels used to be classy!

    I love that fool in the bucket hat with both arms around Ms. Vaughn. His face…”Oh my god I can’t believe this is happening.”

  3. Look at Billy Scott’s smile. You know he’s thinking “this is the greatest day of my life!!!”

  4. I’m going to kiss the Hurst shifter in my ’67 right now, just to be a little closer to those legendary gals.

    • I’m w/ you on the number of comments…..especially the Jackie Stewart and last Steve McQ entries— i loved those and was hopeful of reading likeminded comments— pretty bummed about it.

  5. Linda Vaughn is still leaving an indelible mark in nearly every form of motorsports. I think drag racing fans tend to think of her as our own, but we’ve had to get used to sharing her with open-wheel and stock car fans as well. When you went to a big race and couldn’t get Richard Petty’s or Don Garlit’s autograph, having your picture taken with Miss Hurst more than made up for it. To the racing fan, Linda’s as much of an icon as Bettie Page.

    When you approach her for the first time to have your picture taken with her, she acts as if she’s known you for years and can’t wait to throw an arm around you and pull you a little closer into her world.
    She seems to have a photographic memory of her fans and friends, remembers many of their names and recalls meeting them five or ten years prior. Of course she’s met thousands and thousands of admirers over the years and couldn’t possibly remember them all.

    Then again, maybe she can!

  6. I have some photos of Linda in my garage.

    I’d have to say that “Racing and Roddin”,along with pretty gals ….are A Way of Life.

    I’m proud to be part of that. “Way of Life”.

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  9. My mom made most of her (Linda’s) outfits in the late 60′s. For being a teenager at that time, it was quite exciting when she came over for a fitting! She is very classy/smart and KNOWS racing.

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