As was such with most likewise sports, nay… sports in general, back in the day, Drag Racing was very much a male-dominated activity, especially during the retro days of the ’60s and ’70s. And as it has been and should continue to be, there was always a number of women who outright defied cultural norm, and took things into their own hands—in this particular case, it was the wheel of dar racing cars, a death defying speed sport.

Not only did these women look better than their male counterparts, but they rivaled them in abandoning all fear for sake of the race. Thanks to the well-informed folks over at Dangerous Minds, we’re able to glimpse back into what it was like for these brazened “speed queens,” namely the renowned Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney, Janet Guthrie, and Carol ‘Bunny’ Burkett. Enjoy the riveting images throughout.