Barbara Hamilton

The first Woman in drag racing to receive an NHRA license for driving supercharged cars.  Barb and best friend Nancy L. campaigned this beautiful coupe from 1964 through 1971.

A professional technical writer at TRW during the week, this weekend racer won the 1966 NHRA Springnationals and was runnerup at the 1968 Indy Nationals.  All the while holding the NASCAR C Gas Supercharged ET record of 11.94 seconds.

Barbara is one of only a few women who built, owned, wrenched, and drove her own car.  A true pioneer in the sport of drag racing, she was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 1992.

The car below is now on display at the Don Garlits Museum in Florida.


1937 Willys Coupe & Barb Hamilton
Barbara Hamilton & her 1937 Willys Coupe

Indianapolis 1966
Indianapolis in 1966 - CC/Gas Willys.  That's Barb on the right.
Contributed by Rick Kaiser©

Isn't She a Beauty? about 1966
In Barb's backyard in about 1966.

Willys 1967
Hot Rod!



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