“When you realize your own safety depends on your steady nerve and keen judgment of distance, there is nothing to beat motor racing.”


Eleanor “Peggy” Blevins (1894-1973)
Peggy was a trailblazing actress, aviatrix, motorcar racer, and irrepressible renegade. She challenged Victorian-era notions with her independent thinking and liberated behavior. Peggy wore a revealing swimsuit baring both arms and legs when it was considered scandalous, stating, “I do not come to the beaches to look pretty – I come to swim” and “I shall wear my bathing suit, despite protest.” She was smitten by the motorcar and entranced by the airplane. In 1916, she won an auto race for females between Los Angeles and San Diego and set a speed record between Philadelphia and Washington DC. She flew planes but didn’t consider them as exciting as cars. She married three times, made two dozen movies and her “heroic femininity” forever altered the ideals of womanhood in America.