Hot Rod Pictorial featuring SCTA Dry Lakes Time Trials of 1946, 1947, 1948

Los Angeles: Floyd Clymer, 1949. First Edition. Photobook compiling images, illustrations, and information from the first three issues of Veda Orr's self-published, mimeograph "Lake Pictorial" Hot Rod annuals. With eight full page illustrations by artist Dick Teague, all dated 1947.

In 1937, after being introduced to the sport by her husband, legendary drag racer Karl Orr, Veda Orr became the first, and for the longest time only, woman sanctioned to race by the Southern California Timing Association, making her the country's first official female drag racer. When the SCTA suspended races for the duration of WWII, Orr began publishing and distributing the "SCTA News" to soldiers overseas, maintaining a sense of community and interest in the hot rod scene. After the war, she began publishing annual roundups of the SCTA races, making her an important, early contributor not just to racing, but to racing journalism as well.

Two prices briefly marked through in black on the front wrapper, else Near Fine in stapled wrappers. Uncommon in this condition.

[Book #144921]