The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club

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. 

The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club

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. 

The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club

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! 

The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club
The Dragettes, Kansas City's All-Girl Hot Rod Club

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.