A real trophy queen for Hillsboro

Sunday, March 10, 1963 – More than a decade before Elizabeth Taylor attended her first NASCAR event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, and her second a year later Charlotte Motor Speedway, tiny Orange Speedway, a .9-mile dirt track in Hillsborough, N.C. played host to one of Hollywood’s biggest female stars. When Junior Johnson stepped into victory lane, he was presented the winner’s trophy by Hollywood sex symbol Jayne Mansfield, star of the stage, screen and apparently supper clubs.

NASCAR founder Bill France and Enoch Staley (of North Wilkesboro Speedway fame), race promoters for the event, extended the offer to Mansfield, who was performing at a Greensboro supper club during the week of the race.

According to reports, Mansfield told reporters earlier in the week she had “never seen one of these races before, and I’m looking forward to it very much.” To which driver Joe Weatherly was said to have responded: “I’m not at all sure what she’s looking forward to. But man, she really looks forward!”

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