Linda Faye Vaughn, the First Lady of Racing, was born in Dalton, Georgia, on August 11, 1943. In 1961, she graduated high school and won the Miss Atlanta International Raceway contest.
In 1966, Vaughn entered the Miss Hurst Golden Shifter contest. George Hurst owned the car shifter manufacturing company hosting the contest. On the night of final judging for the contest, Vaughn made a formal business presentation to Hurst and the board of directors. She informed them that she would not only be their race queen, but she would also make famous the Hurst name. The bold move allowed Vaughn to win the contest and forever be known Miss Hurst Golden Shifter. Vaughn's long career with Hurst paved the way for her to be an iconic automotive beauty.