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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

  • Founder
    Competition Press


  • Mills College
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An Evening with Denise McCluggage | Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 5 Jan 2012 [cached]
An Evening with Denise McCluggage
Larz Anderson Auto Museum and MMR proudly kicked off the New England Audi Dealers 2012 Winter Lecture Series on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 with special guest Denise McCluggage. Thank you for joining us for an entertaining evening with the First Lady of American Motorsports.
Racing driver, journalist, author and photographer, and very good at all of them, Denise was a pioneer of equality for women in the U.S. in motorsports as well as in journalism. She founded Competition Press, now Autoweek, where her insightful commentary on the current racing scene and her informative analysis of new trends and new vehicles still make her a "must read".
What a great evening with a lady who successfully raced Ferraris, Porsches, and many other sportcars. She competed against Moss and Fangio and won her class both at Sebring in a Ferrari and the Monte Carlo Rally in a Ford Falcon. Pretty impressive.
We are also raffled beautifully framed and signed image a Ferrari Transporter taken by Denise in 1958 in Modena. Winner TBA.
Denise ..., 22 Oct 2013 [cached]
Denise McCluggage
Denise McCluggage has been driving cars since she could pedal. She has raced cars from Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo and others, winning trophies on three continents in both races and rallies. She is an award-winning journalist and author, a columnist for AutoWeek, and the only journalist in the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. Her photography and writing can be found online at
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Meet the Writers, Bloggers and Editors of Road & Travel Magazine : Road & Travel Magazine, 13 Jan 2014 [cached]
DENISE MCCLUGGAGE ke the man surprised to learn he had been speaking prose all his life, Denise McCluggage is surprised to find she has been a pioneer. She just thought she was doing things she liked to do- among them drive fast cars andwrite about those who drove even faster cars. Denise reviews European cars for RTM and was recently named RTM's International Editor. She also contribute's to RTM's travel advice section. She was involved at the inception of Competition Press (now AutoWeek) for which she is a columnist and is senior-contributing editor. Denise was named and honored as RTM's first Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in 2004. [READ]
Women Mini Mania, 1 Dec 2013 [cached]
Denise McCluggage - Operation 850 PLUS
Denise McCluggage racing legend - Mini Mania Inc.
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.
McCluggage spent her childhood in Kansas and then graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mills College in the Oakland, California. She began her career as a journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle.
In early 1950s San Francisco, whilst covering a yacht race, she met Briggs Cunningham, the builder of the first American cars to race at Le Mans. She bought her first MG TC sports car, and began racing at small club events.
In 1954 she moved to New York to work at the New York Herald Tribune as a sports journalist.
The MG was replaced with a Jaguar XK140, and she began to race professionally. As she began to drive professionally in the mid-1950s she earned the respect of her male counterparts.
Her trademark was a white helmet with black dots. Her racing achievements included winning the grand touring category at Sebring in a Ferrari 250 GT in 1961, and she scored a class win in the Monte Carlo Rally in a Ford Falcon in 1964. She also participated in the 1000-km race at the Nurburgring.
She drove Porsches, Maseratis and other racing cars of many marques, often with her compatriot Pinkie Rollo. She ended her racing career in the late 1960s and eventually became editor of the U.S. automotive magazine AutoWeek.
Check out the vintage Operation 850 where she flipped a Mini. Click HERE
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Auto Reviews, New Cars, Used Cars & Car Prices: New Car Test Drive, 1 Aug 2013 [cached]
Denise McCluggage
Denise McCluggage is the leading lady of automotive journalism. She has written about, photographed and raced cars with marked success for a good part of the recent century. She says she remembers running boards on cars, but not brass lamps. She drove a Ferrari 250 GT to victory at Sebring in the grand touring category and she scored a class win in the Rallye de Monte Carlo in a Ford Falcon. She holds both the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism and the Dean Batchelor Life Time Achievement Award. She was presented a lifetime achievement award by the IAMA and is the only journalist to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Her photographs have been shown at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Currently she is a columnist for AutoWeek and writes a syndicated newspaper column called "Drive, She Said."
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