It's been awhile since I dove into the Life photo archives. Usually when I enter this worm hole of vintage photos, I end up finding at least one series that I've never seen before. That's how deep their archive goes. Lucky for me (and you too!), today was no different. I came across a series of photographs by Life reporter Francis Miller of an all-girl hot rod gang in the 1950s. There's not too much I could find written about these gals, but I was able to find out these ladies called themselves The Dragettes and were based in Kansas City.
In the mid 1950's, Kansas City had a problem with drag racing on city streets resulting in constant 100 mph motorcycle chases. Sounds like the start of some old rebel movie to me. A meeting was had between Kansas City's chief of detectives and young motorists tin hopes of a resolution that would work for both parties. The result, a strip of land set aside for the sole purpose of drag racing.
Sassy club jackets, check! Form fitting capri pants, check! Classic 1950's flats, check! With all the bases checked, Rizzo and the Pink Ladies haven't got a dime on The Dragettes!
Wouldn't it be great to see where these women are now! What I was able to find able this girl gang was quite minimal so if you have any info on this girl gang please let me know in the comments below.