'INTO THE STRETCH...'
Driving hard in the mud at Gulfstream Park, William Woodward Jr.'s willful Wunderkind Nashua (second from left in this photograph of the field of nine by Bill Kuenzel) moves up to take the lead from pace setter First Cabin during the running of the $148,750 Florida Derby. For the full story on Nashua's great victory see Whitney Tower's story on page 52.
This is an article from the April 4, 1955 issue
MOTORCYCLISTS CHOOSE THEIR NEW QUEEN
For six days Daytona Beach, Fla. reverberated to the roar of one-and two-cylinder engines. While the resort inhaled a miasma of exhaust fumes and dust, throngs of men and women dressed in everything from the black leather windbreaker to the latest Roy Rogers cowboy chemise crowded the racecourse and city streets. It was the winter meeting of the American Motorcycle Association, and along with the big 100-mile and 200-mile races the AMA held a contest to determine the "most popular girl rider." Pictured here are eight of the finalists, all but one of whom were members of Motor Maids of America, a 600-strong group whose uniform is gray slacks, blue shirts and white neckerchiefs. The winner was Ilene Tilson (upper right).
Evelyn Andres of Modesto, Calif. is the wife of a motorcycle dealer and aunt of winner of 200-mile race.
Betty Martin of Greensboro, N.C. is a newlywed, planned to continue on to Key West for a honeymoon with her service-station-owner husband.
Irene Teeter of Rochester, N.Y. rode down on a single motorcycle, sharing the driving with her husband.
June Lovejoy of Lansing, Mich., the daughter of a motorcycle-shop owner, models the full and correct uniform for the Motor Maids of America.
Evelyn Rohrer of De Witt, Mich. is married to a toolmaker who owns a motorcycle shop which specializes in handling the British makes.
Ilene Tilson of Princeton, Mo., a 36-year-old red-head, was the winner of "most popular girl rider" title.
Helen McKinzie of Corpus Christi, Tex. is the wife of a motorcycle dealer and has captured a number of trophies in women's events in Texas.
Lorry Krueger of Wausau, Wis., only nonmember of Motor Maids, has ridden for six of her 18 years.
A BREAKER ERUPTS
A remarkable photo from a helicopter by SI's Hy Peskin catches surf riders gripped by a huge wave
Just as it breaks into boiling violence, a mighty Waikiki roller sweeps two surfboard riders towards shore while a third surf rider (upper right) paddles out to catch a later wave. The surf rider begins a session by shouldering his 10-foot board (weighing up to 50 pounds) and lugging it to the water's edge. Then he paddles as much as a half-mile against the sea to reach the spot where the combers begin to form. Spotting a growing wave he paddles furiously towards shore. As the roller catches up to the board the surf rider climbs erect and begins steering an oblique course along the forward slope of the wave. Using his foot as a rudder and shifting his delicately balanced weight he steers away from breaking water. Too much weight on the tail of the Board brings the nose up and the rider loses the wave. Too much weight forward tilts the nose down and the board will "pearl dive"—plunge beneath the surface of the water, then bound high in the air, possibly cracking the rider on the head when it comes down.