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Daily Briefing: McPherson all-woman team takes SCM1000; Shirley Shahan coming to MCACN

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Abigayle Morgan and Amanda Gutierrez pose with the McPherson College 1965 Porsche 356 C. Photo courtesy of the McPherson College Auto Restoration Facebook page.

Amanda Gutierrez and Abigayle Morgan of McPherson College are the only all-woman team taking on the 2019 SCM1000 Tour in the Pacific Northwest this summer. The pair will pilot a 1965 Porsche 356 C down 1,000 miles of winding back roads in Oregon and Washington.

The Porsche belongs to the McPherson College collection of historic vehicles and Morgan, a 2019 graduate, worked on the car herself, before becoming the school’s Coordinator of automotive restoration events.

Through their participation in the tour, the duo aims to bring attention to a women’s scholarship that Morgan helped develop for her senior project at the college. The Denise McCluggage scholarship will be given to women with passion for “automobiles, journalism, photography, communications, media arts, and writing.” Gutierrez says she hopes that their tour and the scholarship will “lift up educational and career opportunities for women in the field.”

The SCM1000 Tour will take place July 14-19, running through Oregon and Washington. For more information on the scholarship, visit Mcpherson.edu. For more information on the SCM1000 Tour, visit SportsCarMarket.com.

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Shirley Shahan and her AMC Hornet. Photo courtesy of MCACN.

The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) will welcome legendary drag racing-pioneer Shirley Shahan for two days at the 2019 show.

Shahan, now Shahan-Bridges, made history in 1965 when she became the first woman to win an NHRA pro event. She is now a member of the Drag Racing Hall of Fame as well as the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Shirley and then-husband H.L. Shahan built and raced AMCs, Chevrolets, and Plymouths, among others in the 1960s and 1970s, all while raising three children. Nicknamed the Drag-On-Lady, Shahan-Bridges retired from racing in 1972 but has continued to stay active in the car community.

The 2019 MCACN is scheduled for November 23 and 24 in Rosemont, Illinois. For more information, visit MCACN.com.