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Denise McCluggage

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Denise McCluggage
1704-B Llano St. Tower Suite 271
Santa Fe , New Mexico 87505
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Advisory Board Member
    Santa Fe Concorso
  • Journalist, An Author, A Photographer and A Honorary Judge
    Santa Fe Concorso
  • Founder
    Competition Press


  • Mills College
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Web References
Denise | Welcome to my website! Greetings from Denise McCluggage., 15 Feb 2015 [cached]
The website of The First Lady of Racing, Denise McCluggage.
Articles about Denise McCluggage.
A Racer Named Denise
Denise McCluggage has worn all these hats; many of them so very well. If there was ever a woman that defined "cerebral personality," basically someone who genuinely maximizes the potential of their brain and spirit - it's Denise. Recounting what she has accomplished, and where's she's been in her life, would be a long list indeed, but a fun one for sure. Fortunately, she's far from finished adding to it. Read More >>
Automotive Hall of Fame
INDUCTEE, DENISE MCCLUGGAGE - One of the first female motor-sports writers and race car drivers in the United States. Helped found Competition Press, known today as AutoWeek. Read More >>
First Woman Inductee!
ROAD & TRAVEL MAGAZINE - It's yet another impressive first for McCluggage, a respected and humble pioneer in the world of automotive and sports journalism. Don't forget to add author, race car driver and photographer to that list. As one of the first female sportswriters in the 1950s, McCluggage covered primarily motor racing and skiing for the New York Herald Tribune before becoming a member of numerous racing and rallying teams across the nation and abroad. Read More >>
Wikipedia: Denise McCluggage
Denise McCluggage (born 1927) is an American auto racing driver, journalist, author and photographer. McCluggage was a pioneer of equality for women in the U.S., both in motorsports as well as in journalism. Read More >>
The Henry Ford
Denise McCluggage was credited in the past as being one of the top women race drivers in America during her racing years, yet her list of accomplishments and interests extends well beyond motor racing. Besides participating in motorsports, she spent a great deal of time skiing, even serving as an instructor at one point. Her adventurous spirit can further be exemplified by her parachuting out of an airplane. [PDF] Read More >>
Denise started out as a motorsports journalist before embarking on a long and varied driving career in the late 1950s. She took part in many international sports car races and saloon events, picking up a number of class wins. Unusually for an American, she drove in rallies in Europe and the Americas as well as circuit races. Read More >>
The website of The First Lady of Racing, Denise McCluggage.
1704-B Llano St. Tower Suite 271 Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 • • ©2011 Denise McCluggage • All Rights Reserved
Concorso Directors, 2 Jan 2015 [cached]
Denise McCluggage, Honorary Chair
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Denise McCluggage
Sadly, we lost this automotive icon on May 6, 2015. I am a better person for having met Denise McCluggage and learning more about her amazing life here, on Cars Yeah. She had it all: Speed, eloquence, and grace. Keep the revs up Denise... indeed.
Denise McCluggage is a legend in the automotive world. She is a race car driver, a journalist, an author, a photographer, and a honorary judge at Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and the Santa Fe Concorso. She embarked upon a racing career in the late 50s and took part in many international sports car races.
Denise holds the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism and the Dean Bachelor Lifetime Achievement Award and was the first journalist to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Her adventurous spirit and zest for life are magical.
If there was a wall in front of Denise, she decided the best thing to do was to go around it.
Imagine getting a call to race for the Porsche Factory at Le Mans, only to be told you can't because women were not allowed. Listen to find out how despite this kind of challenge, Denise had many ah ha moments in her racing and journalistic career.
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Denise McCluggage -
During one of the Mexican Gran Prix events (1964), when Mark Dull (RIP), Pat McGarity and I (and, our wives!) had paddock passes given us by Jack Brabham, Denise McCluggage and a friend drove up in a new supercharged Studebaker Avanti.
Denise will be missed.
My impression of Denise when I met her and all the follow up phone calls leading up to our talk on Cars Yeah was that she was an amazingly bright, articulate, smart, and insightful woman. She inspired many and I'm better for having met her.
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Legendary auto writer Denise McCluggage passes
Denise McCluggage, whose career as an automotive journalist spanned more than 50 years, died Wednesday. She was 88 years old. No cause of death was given.
Along with the late Donald Stewart, she founded Competition Press, which later became Autoweek, in 1958 and her writing and her exploits were seen in almost every automotive magazine.
McCluggage was also one of the first female competition drivers. She teamed up with Allan Eager to win the GT class at Sebring in 1961 driving a Ferrari 250 GTB. Often relegated to ladies' races, she took the checkered flag multiple times in Porsche 500s. During her racing career, she competed against some of the legends in motorsports including Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss.
In 1959, McCluggage appeared on "To Tell The Truth" a popular TV game show of the time.
Denise McCluggage was born in Eldorado, Kansas in 1927. Cars caught her attention at an early age: she saw a Baby Austin when she was six and asked Santa to bring her one for Christmas.
Journalism was another early passion: she was 12 when she started a neighborhood newspaper.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Mills College, she launched her career at the San Francisco Chronicle.
In 1954, McCluggage moved to the New York Herald Tribune where she migrated to the sports department where she covered racing, skiing and parachuting.
Her first car was a used Chevrolet that she bought for $100. Her first sports car was a MG TC, one of the signature cars of the postwar sportscar craze that swept the U.S. The MG was followed by a Jaguar XK140, the first car she drove in competition.
Her weekly column, "Drive, She Said," appeared in 90 North American newspapers.
Denise McCluggage earned the highest honors in automotive journalism including the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism and the Dean Batchelor Lifetime Achievement Award. n 2001, she became the first journalist to be inducted onto the Automotive Hall of Fame. In 2006, she was inducted into the Sports Car Club of America Hall of Fame.
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Female protagonist to be based on Autoweek's Denise McCluggage
"The female protagonist is based on a real person: Denise McCluggage, who was a really good reporter and an excellent driver." McCluggage was Autoweek's first editor and a contributor until her death in May.
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Denise McCluggage: Then and Now Autoweek Magazine May 25, 2015 with tributes to Denise McCluggage
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