Bettie Makes the Papers

Roller Derby Queens Love Bettie:

Most players doll up to resemble '50s pinup queen Bettie Page -- only with tattoos, fish-net stockings, hot pants and body piercings.

And the sexy pseudonyms abound: Betty Knock-her, Surely MacPain, Nauti-Sea-Cups and Filthy Scar-Lit are just some of the Broward Derby Grrls skate de plumes.

''The only thing that is fake are our names,'' said Brenda Bach, 43, a sign language interpreter from Plantation who hits the derby track as Sin D. Lap-Her.

''We play a real game of roller derby, not the staged fights of the 1970s, and when it is played real, it is rough enough,'' Bach said.

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And El Paso Rockabillies, too!

Rockabilly's more than music. It's turning a wrench on an old chunk of Detroit steel, preferably Mopar, but definitely your own or your buddy's. It's rolling up a pack of Pall Malls in the sleeve of your too tight t-shirt. It's four inch folded cuffs on brand new blue jeans. It's wearing bangs, like Betty Page, and smacking bubble gum. It's the fifties, and Elvis, and Jerry Lee, and the sixties, before the Beatles and Timothy Leary. It's big blocks and hot rods and honest grease under your fingernails. It's leather jackets and tattoos. It's Grease, and West Side Story, and Rebel Without a Cause.

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