Why Is Linda Vaughn Famous?


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Linda Vaughn is famous for her work as a model, spokesperson, host and actress. She is commonly associated with automobile racing and has worked with a number of manufacturers, such as Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, to advertise and promote their vehicles.

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Vaughn won the first racing-related beauty contest she entered, the Miss Atlanta Raceway competition, in 1961. She also won the title of queen at the 1961 Dixie 400 during the same year. She subsequently served as Miss Pure Firebird for Pure Oil for three and a half years and then as Miss Hurst Golden Shifter for Hurst Performance through the early 1980s. She was also the spokesmodel for Gratiot Auto Supply during this time. She made appearances at military bases during the Vietnam War, touring with Richard Petty and Don “Big Daddy” Garlits.

She acted in the movies “The Gumball Rally” in 1976, “Burnout” in 1979 and “Stroker Ace” in 1983. During the 1990s, she hosted “Exciting World of Speed and Beauty” for ESPN. During the 1980s, Vaughn served as the public relations vice president for Cars and Concepts and has appeared on the cover of Motor Trends magazine.

Linda Vaughn was born in Dalton, Georgia in 1943 and has two older siblings. She was married to drag racer Billy Tidwell from 1972 to 1986.

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