Trophy Queens

"Trophy queens represent an important part of American racing lore. They injected a shot of glamour to the tough sport of racing," according to an NHRA (National Hot Rod Association, if you're unfamiliar) official. Amidst the grease and the steel, The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, located at Fairplex Gate 1, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona, has been honoring those comely lasses that posed with the winners of hot rod races, past and present.

Jayne Mansfield, Barbara Eden ("I Dream of Jeannie") and Raquel Welch (pictured above, with Don Cameron, 1956 United Racing Association champion... back when she was still going by her given name, Raquel Tejada) have all graced the track as Trophy Queens.