Katherine Drexel Dahlgren In Her Racing Auto, ca. 1910

It doesn't look like Katherine Drexel Dahlgren was actually a race driver. Rather, she was the daughter of very affluent parents who indulged to her to the point of getting her a race car. And while it doesn't look like she actually competed, she did use the car to tear up the streets. You can imagine the scene created by the 21-year-old daughter of privilege blasting up and down the streets, scattering the locals and basically having a grand time. She did, however, run afoul of the law on more than one occasion.

This news snippet comes from the NY Times on July 20, 1915:

Katherine Drexel Dahlgren In Her Racing Auto, ca. 1910



Repeated offenses led to the revocation of her license. This second snippet was also from the society pages the NY Times, October 18, 1915:

Photo: Library of Congress

Katherine Drexel Dahlgren In Her Racing Auto, ca. 1910