Today, 82-year-old Betty Skelton Erde will be the fifth woman to be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Erde's life isn't short of speed: she was once the fastest woman on Earth, setting female speed records in Daytona Beach and Bonneville, Utah; she worked as a stunt pilot in the 40s and 50s and now zips around her retirement community in a bright red Corvette. Erde's dream was to do aviation stunts with the Navy and although she was both popular and talented the Navy would not allow her to fly with them. So, Erde moved onto racing cars for Chevrolet and began setting records. Although she doesn't fly or race anymore, she is a big fan of Danica Patrick and enjoys the satisfaction of breaking (speed) barriers for women in aviation and motorsports. [AP]
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