Linda Vaughn

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Linda Vaughn
Linda Vaughn - Carb Day 2015 - Stierch.jpg
Vaughn at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2015
Linda Faye Vaughn

(1943-08-11) August 11, 1943 (age 76)
Dalton, Georgia, United States
Known forMotor racing

Linda Faye Vaughn (born August 11, 1943[1] in Dalton, Georgia, United States[2]) is an American motor racing personality who has been described as the "preeminent beauty queen of stock car racing",[1] and "The First Lady of Motorsports".[3]

Vaughn was named "Miss Queen of Speed at Atlanta International Raceway" aged 18 and has acquired many other titles since then, including Miss Hurst Golden Shifter. Vaughn has been a notable ambassador and promoter of various forms of American motor racing for several decades.[4]

She was chosen to be the queen of the 1961 Dixie 400.[3]Her height is 5 ft 1/2 in (1.54 m), but her measurements were 39-23-39 inches (99-58-99 cm) when she was chosen to be Miss Firebird in 1960's first half.[3] In 1970's, her measurements were 39-26-37 in (99-66-94 cm).[5] She married Billy Tidwell (drag racer) in 1972.[2] They divorced in 1986.

She appeared in the 1976 film The Gumball Rally, and the 1983 film Stroker Ace.

Linda Vaughn at the 1997 Indianapolis 500

She was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2019.[6]


  1. ^ a b Lew Freedman (14 March 2013). Encyclopedia of Stock Car Racing. ABC-CLIO. p. 782. ISBN 978-0-313-38710-4.
  2. ^ a b "Linda Vaughn Interview". Motor Trend. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Rob Kinnan; Linda Vaughn (15 October 2014). Linda Vaughn:The First Lady of Motorsports. Motorbooks. p. 1,29,40. ISBN 9780760346471.
  4. ^ J.A. Martin; Thomas F. Saal (5 March 2004). American Auto Racing: The Milestones and Personalities of a Century of Speed. McFarland. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-7864-8389-1.
  5. ^ Linda Vaughn at the
  6. ^ Linda Vaughn at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

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