Joan Cuneo at New Orleans

This is a terrific original research piece on Joan Cuneo, the most prominent and successful American female race driver of the early 20th century. This work was created by Elsa Nystrom, Professor of History at Kennesaw State University. Elsa also wrote the outstanding biography about Joan, "Mad For Speed."
This event, the auto races associated with 1909 Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans, proved to be a seminal moment in auto racing as in a direct result of the outcome the American Automobile Association (AAA) took action to bar women from auto racing. It was the beginning of the end for Joan Cuneo's competitive driving career.

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