Most of us will never go faster than 70 or 80 MPH in a car. And even if we do, it will probably be for a very short time. So image driving well over 150 MPH on a regular basis. At AskPatty.com, Erin Evernham talks about her career as a race car driver. She talks about the highs, such as the excitement, opportunities and the friendships that she has gained. And she addresses how it can be tough for women in such a male dominated sport. So is the idea of driving high-speed, high-powered cars exciting to you, or would it be too much of a good thing?
Women and Cars
Since March is designated as “Women’s History Month”, here’s a look at some Women’s Automotive History Highlights from the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey, PA. Even at a time when women were not considered “mechanical”, there were some who were drawn to this new mode of transportation. For these women, “the automobile provided opportunities for work, inventions, and independence.” Did you know that Mary Anderson invented the first windshield wiper in 1902? Or that Actress Florence Lawrence invented the first turn signal? You’ll enjoy reading through the list of ladies’ early contributions to the automotive world and touring the AACA web site.
Of course, what birth in a car wouldn’t be dramatic? This account from South Auckland, New Zealand, tells of a third-time mom who had a surprise on the way to the hospital. In the mother’s words, “It was a shock to me. I still thought I had a bit of time.” And if the emergency delivery on the side of the road wasn’t enough, there was also something very unusual about how the baby emerged. Even though the circumstances were unexpected and potentially dangerous, this story has a happy ending for both mom and baby.