One of the pioneering women of racing, Donna Mae Mims has passed away as 82 years of age following a series of strokes. Mims became known as the Pink Lady, thanks to her penchant for driving pink race cars. No novelty act, the Pink Lady was one of the top amateur racers in America through the Sixties, winning an SCCA National Championship in 1963 behind the wheel of her bugeye Sprite. Over the years, Mims raced a Triumph TR3, MGB, Corvair and Corvette, all pink with the words Think Pink across the back.
To those who might note the Corvair name as being a bit unusual would be interested to know that Donna Mae’s day job was at Yenko Chevrolet, home of the much sought after Yenko Camaro’s and Corvairs.
Not only was Donna Mae Mims a racer, but she was a hard core adventurer, taking part in Brock Yates’ original Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea memorial Run in 1972. Driving a borrowed limo, Mims and partners Judy Stropus and Peggy Niemcek failed to finish thanks to a high speed roll in Texas. They secured their place in pop culture when the 1981 movie The Cannonball Run featured Adrienne Barbeau as Mims in the comedy recreation.
Mims favorite car was her pink Corvette and she was very active with the Corvette owner’s clubs. She loved the Corvette so much that she had asked that her viewing take place with her in the driver’s seat. Visitors to the funeral home will parade their own Vettes to a reception.
To read the full obituary and get details on this weekend’s visitations and Corvette parade visit the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Photo above courtesy of Steeltown Vette