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1949 one of the first woman NASCAR drivers.

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I'm thinking of doing this one as the '49 Ford that Louise Smith drove.

Louise Smith (July 31, 1916 in Barnesville, Georgia – April 15, 2006) was tied for the second woman to race in NASCAR at the top level. She was known as "the first lady of racing."[1]

She went as a spectator to her first NASCAR race at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1949. She could not stand watching the races, so she entered her family's shiny new Ford coupe in the race and rolled it. Her hometown Greenville, South Carolina paper featured photos of the wreck, and the town knew about it before she got home.[2] The race was the first race to feature three female drivers (Ethel Mobley and Sara Christian). The trio also competed later that season at the Langley Speedway.

She raced from 1949 to 1956. She won 38 races in her career in numerous formats: late models, modifieds (28 victories), midgets, and sportsman.

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Didn't I read somewhere that the Flocks had a sister that was a racer. I think the article said she may have been the best of the bunch.

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You have a great project started on a historically significant race car and racer.

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Looks like a fun build. I saw her in an interview back in the 90's. When asked how the guys treated her she replied   "They didn't beat me up to bad but if they knock me out I'd get them back in the next race".  

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Thanks for the photo. I have never seen her in this car before. This will be a great project.

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Well, I screwed this one up. I wanted to sand off the lower side trim and scribe the doors but it went awry. The original door lines were just too shallow for my old, shaky hands and watery eyes, and I got off track in a few places. When I tried sanding out my mistakes, it just made it worse. I primed and painted it to see if I could cover up my screw ups, then just said the hell with it. Stripped the paint and decided to build a wrecked version. I'm going to start this project over with that kit in the bag there, an old Tournament of Thrills model.

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