Tuesday, April 19, 2016

this car was once driven daily by Dr Salk. Of course, it wasn't a pink SCCA Champion then

 the Sports Car Club of America’s first female National Champion, Donna Mae Mims, captured the SCCA H-Production Championship in this 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk I that had been purchased new by Dr. Jonas Salk.

Salk bought the Sprite in 1959 in Paris and imported it into the United States as his daily driver.

 The car’s next owner was Bill Wissel, who prepared the Austin-Healey for competition in SCCA and in 1962, he sold the car to aspiring racer and self-proclaimed “Fancier of Corvettes” Donna Mae Mims, "Donna Mazing, Her Supreme Pinkness" the 1961 SCCA B-Production winner in a 1958 Corvette.

How was it Mims was so focused and winning? Well, it was her nature, and she also kept a day job as the High Performance PR Manager of Yenko's dealership, and ran the 1972 Cannonball in a limo with co-drivers Judy Stropus and Peggy Niemcek

 In her time behind the wheel of the Sprite, Mims would capture three SCCA National wins, plus enough points to deliver her the H-Production championship.


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