Veda Orr's roadster

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Veda Orr's roadster
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:50:35 AM »
"Hot rodding has had its fair share of heroes, pioneers, and groundbreakers, many of whom became extremely well known, wealthy, or both. But the one person who was arguably most responsible for the initial perpetuation of the hobby was none of the above; her name was Veda Orr.
Veda got involved with hot rodding when she began dating and then married a young man by the name of Karl Orr in 1936. He was a Midwest transplant whose racing and hot rod building career began in 1921 with his first “speed shop” in Missouri. By 1929, Karl was running a Model A at Muroc and among his many claims to fame was being the first to go more than 125 mph with a four-cylinder modified and 120 mph in a Deuce. Veda began driving with the Russetta Timing Association, although her first pass was somewhat clandestine. As Al Drake reported in his book, “Hot Rodder! From Lakes To Street,” Veda had been telling her husband and all the other racers that she was perfectly capable of driving a race car. So, when Karl asked her to put their roadster in line to race at one meet, Veda evidently assumed Karl would get behind the wheel as usual. As they moved up and got closer to the starting line, Karl told her to stay put and warm up the engine-then he began snapping down the tarp. He told her to take off when their car number was announced, and the rest is history. All the club members voted and it was agreed to let her drive from then on with their blessing.
It wasn’t long before Veda’s name appeared in the record books; she set the Full Fendered Roadster record at 104.40 mph and later upped that to 114.24 in 1937. She ran 131-plus mph at the wheel of the Taylor-Blair modified and became the first woman to race in the SCTA. Competing against roughly 400 competitors-all of whom were men-she finished as high as 17th in points. But, while Veda did indeed have an enviable individual race record, it’s what she did for her fellow hot rodders that made her so special.

Veda published the SCTA News, and later started her own newsletter as a means of communicating with other racers; however, it wasn’t long after its inception that WWII began and many of the racers found themselves in the military and on their way overseas. To keep spirits up, Veda distributed her publication to more than 750 service men all around the world for free and personally corresponded with hundreds as well.

While Veda’s actions were generous and well intended, it’s unlikely that even she realized the true impact of her efforts. Anyone who has served in the military knows that mail call is the best part of any day, and most everything a G.I. has to read is shared with a buddy at one time or another-and so it was with Veda’s newsletter. Former racers not only showed pictures of their cars and told tales of their exploits, they also passed around Veda’s newsletter. As a result, while overseas, kids from all over the country learned about hot rodding, and many couldn’t wait to build their own once they got home, wherever that may have been. The net effect was Veda gave hot rodding national exposure when there was no other means to do it.
Veda and Karl certainly supported each other in everything they did, and they did a lot. After the war, Karl and Veda ran the lakes, campaigned a midget, Sprint Car, and a track roadster, as well as ran a business. Teammates until the end, Karl passed away in 1988, Veda in 1989."  - Ron Ceridono

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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2017, 12:27:32 PM »
A few from 75 yrs of the Deuce.
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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2017, 06:36:00 PM »
There is a wealth of pics out there for Veda and her accomplishments
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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2017, 06:37:05 PM »
dry lakes action
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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2017, 06:38:08 PM »
 ;D
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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 06:40:28 PM »
her news letter
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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2017, 06:41:50 PM »
 ;D
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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2017, 06:43:23 PM »
 ;D
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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2017, 06:44:37 PM »
 ;D >
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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2017, 06:45:35 PM »
 ;D
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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2017, 06:47:02 PM »
 ;D
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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2017, 06:48:44 PM »
what a cool newsletter this must have been for all the young guys over seas
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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2017, 06:51:23 PM »
and this is supposed to be one of her roadsters now...
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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2017, 12:18:28 AM »
Dave, thanks for the additional info.

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Re: Veda Orr's roadster
« Reply #14 on: Yesterday at 06:21:36 PM »
her news letter
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