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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - March 20, 1969, Oakland, California Three Gals in a Hurry Thurs., March Through The Years- 25 Early-Day Compact This is a rare and famous 1913 Bebe Peugeot, was designed by Bugatti, and is presently owned by Richard Teague, vice presi- -VN-I rt fi O UCii 1. UJ. i-lillt i ICUii LUl O. i lit four-cylinder, right-hand drive Bebe is less than nine feet long, and is in mint condition. It will go on display at the New York Q I Shov Bill Asks Car Insurance Guarantee WASHINGTON (AP) Legislation was introduced this week to give holders of automobile insurance policies substantially the same federal protection given bank deposi- tors The measure was intro- duced by Rep., Mario Biaggi, D-N.Y. It would establish a AUTOMOTIVE _____________.......... 820 Import and Sport ........821 Custom 822 Auto Rent and lease .....823 Auto Loans-lnturtnce.....824 Avto Accessories 825 Auto Diagnosis ..........826 Auto Rtpair ............827 DIRECTORY Motorcycles-Scooted.... 828 lease......83ff Trucks and .......831 Campers, Equipment 840 Mobile Homes And Equipment......... 841 Mobile Homes for Rent.... 842 Mobile Home Space......843 Travel Trailers...........844 federal motor vehicle insur- a n c e guarantee corporation that could act in cases in which insurance companies have become insolvent and unable to pay policyholders' claims. Biaggi said a 1966 Senate subcommittee study showed that 65 automobile insurance companies writing high risk business had failed since 1960. "More than million will be lost by persons who were insured by the 65 he said. "We may be limited in what we can do for these people, but we can and should do what we can to prevent hundreds of thousands more from being caught in the By HUGH RANDOLPH AssteUit Avto Editor All of this whoop-de-do in the news about lady jockeys and the trials and tribulations attendant to their attempts to break the sex barrier in the horse racing fraternity brings into focus the fact that the sport of motor racing has had a distaff division for years. In fact we've had lady drivers almost since the inception of auto racing. And never to its detriment. And it just so happens that three of the very best of the current crop of entries in the Powder Puff Derby live right here in our own Eastbay. They are Mary Ellen Wilkins of Oakland, Judy Kondratieff of Lafayette, and Harriet Git- tings of Fremont. There are many ladies in the area deeply involved in motor sports. Some drive part time, while others are week- end auto-crossers and ral- lyists. But the very best are these three. And the pleasantest aspect of the whole scene is the fact that not only are these gals' records enviable to peruse they're fun to watch, both on and off the track. Both Mary Ellen Wilkins and Judy K., with almost identical 36-24-36 chassis, de- lightfully distributed along 65-inch frames, could model bikini swim suits, or star in tooth paste commercials. Both are late twentyish. And both are what the flacks like to de- scribe as "ravishing red- heads." Harriet, near 30, is the vet- Oi uic iTiG, iiaMug Suiui- ed her racing career in 1964, one year ahead of Miss Kon- dratieff. Mary Ellen takes a lot of kidding about being a grand- mother at 28. Actually, she's a step grandmother to two and a stepmother to five children of husband, John, a few years her senior, who is also a fair driver in his own right. Bui 'here's no kidding around when she hits the track in her big, bellowing Mustang, which she drives in the SCCA Class A sedan races. A number of very good men drivers, much to their chagrin, have read the in- scription, "Ladies First" on the tail of her car, as she swept them aside. Last year she drove well enough to win her class in the Northern Call' fornia Regional Sports Car Club of America Champion- ships. This year she wffl run against the professionals, In as roanv Judy Kondratieff's Mini-Cooper confrontation with a competitor during run Coast, regional and national meets as the family budget will allow, as well as three Trans American Champion- ship Races in the Bay Area, Southern California and Wash- ington. Judy Kondratieff, more the tomboy type, walks with that easy grace of a natural ath- lete. But she sure doesn't look like a boy. A graduate of the Grimme School of Modeling in San Francisco, an alumnus of the California C o 11 e g e of Fine Arts in Oakland, and present- ly a driver instructor for Racing Driving Judv K. drives a JUDY KONDRATIBf SCC.Vs School, Mini-Cooper in the Class C. sedan races. Her biggest thrill was win- ning first in class at the big Laguna Seca sports car clas- sic last October. Her other hobby is skiing, at which she is also very proficient. "Other than actual racing, my main concern right now is teaching fledgling drivers at the SCCA school. I feel this is one of the most important phases of motor she said. "Just as baseball and football have their minor leagues and rookies, we, too, TTiiist TWrtiirp niir vpilnpf <1rK'- ers. Who knows which of to- day's beginners will be the Dan Gurney or A. J. Foyt of tomorrow." Harriet Gittings has raced on practically every track in the West, in her five years as a competitive race driver. "I usually finish about midway in the she modestly stated. Mrs. Gittings presently drives a little, open wheel Formula Vee machine. "The highest praise a girl driver can get is to have a fellow driver (male) register surprise that he was compet- ing against a gal after the race. This has happened sev- eral times." 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