Hot Rod fans sure know about Veda Orr, the first female to compete at the races in Southern California.
Since 1937 she drove roadsters and participated in lake races, even winning awards for her work. Veda Orr was more than a hot rod driver: she also wrote about the scene during wartime. She started the SCTA news, where she wrote news stories and newsletters about races in the dry lake. She also sent her stories to servicemen far from home and from the races.
Veda Orr’s husband, Karl, was also involved in the Hot Rod scene in California during the 1930s. She wanted to follow her husbands path and sure did. She had a 1932 Ford Roaster and was a member of a car club, competing against other men.
In 1946, after the war, Veda Orr published her first book: Veda Orr’s Lake Pictorial. This book – maybe better to call it a pamphlet – contains black and white photographs from the races at the dry lakes in California, as well as explanations of the winners and people who made these possible. Veda Orr published the book by herself.
Such an inspiring character that deserves to be remembered