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What’s a beautiful girl like you doing at a racetrack like this?

September 14, 2012

Heart Like A Wheel (1983)

Wednesday, September 19th

Film starts at 8:00pm

Lady Jay’s

633 Grand St (bet Leonard & Manhattan), Bklyn, NY 11211

Free popcorn, Juke Box Meccanica, $2 Bingo for Prizes. PRIZES!

Delicious home made BBQ by ‘Dick & Tom’…food hits the grill at 7:30pm, so come hungry and come early!!

Repoter #1: What’s a beautiful girl like you doing at a racetrack like this?
Shirley Muldowney: Winning.

Shirley Muldowney came by her love of driving fast cars naturally, after her father placed her behind the steering wheel as he was driving when she was a child, and as she and her then boyfriend Jack Muldowney (who would become her husband) participated in local street races when she was a teenager.

‘I want you to come home, with a high school diploma with the name “Shirley Ann Muldowney”.’

As her mechanic and initial race car builder, Jack somewhat supported his wife’s quest to drive in National Hot Rod races, although he saw her drag racing more as a hobby (her full time job being as wife and mother) while she saw it as her potential career.

‘UNBECOMING, MY ASS!’

In the mid 1960’s, Shirley, the type of woman who would not take no for an answer, fought through the stereotype that anyone involved in any type of motor sport had to be man, to get licensed in the National Hot Rod Association, with the help of fellow driver Connie Kalitta, who had more than a professional interest in her. Because of her female chutzpah, Connie gave her the moniker “Cha-Cha” (which she disliked), which would be widely used by the public and the media. As Shirley progressed in the sport, her relationships with both Jack and Connie would be tested, both personally and professionally. – IMDB

Heart like a wheel is based on the true life story of race car legend, Shirley Muldowney. Below is footage of the woman herself. – Corinna Mantlo

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