Lyn St. James is a professional race car driver and is one of seven women who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500. After coming up through the Sports Car Club of America amateur ranks in the 1970s, St. James captured attention wielding Mustangs in the Trans Am and IMSA GT classes, posting numerous victories and top-10 finishes. In 1985, Lyn St. James became the first woman to break the 200-mph barrier on an oval, when she drove a Ford Mustang Probe (GT Prototype race car) to an average lap speed of 204.223 mph at Alabama International Motor Speedway. In October 1988 at the Talladega Motor Speedway in the new shape Ford Thunderbird built by Bill Elliott Racing, Lyn set a women's closed-course world record of 212.577 mph.
Lyn later went on to race in the Indianapolis 500 seven times and became the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award in 1992. In 1995 she established a world record on closed-course for women reaching 225.722 mph during the Indy 500 qualification weekend, setting 31 international and national closed circuit speed records. Lyn has two GTO 1 class wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and one GTO Class win at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
In 1994, Lyn established the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation, a 501(c)3 promoting programs for upcoming young, talented race car drivers. The Foundation's Annual Awards Celebration highlights the achievements of women in the motorsports and automotive industries. Since retiring from the top ranks of American racing, St. James has been an advocate, mentor and coach for women in all sports.
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The Northern California Corvette Association was founded in 1956, three years after the introduction of the Corvette. For the past thirty-four years they have hosted A Legend on Display for Corvette enthusiasts and owner's alike.
For the second year in a row A Legend on Display will be in the parking lot of the Blackhawk Plaza and is free to all that want to watch. If you like to participate by bringing a car to the show, CLICK HERE to download a registration form
After you've seen the Corvettes, be sure to come to the Museum and see our classic cars, juke boxes, automobilia and the new Spirit of the Old West exhibition.
Click on the picture to the left to learn more about Father's Day 2015 or to register your vehicle for the car show.
Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar of Walnut Creek is bringing a special Champagne Brunch to the museum for an exclusive Father’s Day event. Reservation includes free admission to the museum and brunch. This event will be held inside the Museum's Automotive Dining Gallery and requires a separate reservation, 925-648-1434.
To learn more about this brunch and to see the menu, plese CLICK HERE
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