Karl ran his shop as a mechanic, parts supplier and early member of the SCTA(Southern California Timing Association). Both Karl and Veda were racers, however before WWII women were not allowed to belong to the SCTA. This did not stop Veda, as men went off to war and with her interest in racing on dry lakes, she introduced her own "California Timing" news publication pictorial featuring popular race cars of the period that she produced at the shop. When SCTA's activities were put on hold during the war, she extended her "CT" news to a special-interest mailer sent to hot rod interested military servicemen gratis, at least to ones she could locate. It was a little touch of home.
"She was the glue that held hot rodding together during the war years." - Tom Medley
Veda was granted membership to SCTA after the war and the speed shop continued at the original location in Culver City until it closed sometime in the 50's. The shop was reopened in the 60's on Sierra Highway in Mint Canyon, California.
|The Deuce sitting outside the Culver City Speed Shop. Notice the track car inside the shop on the left.|
|Karl and Veda Orr with their "Speed Shop" parts truck. The letters at the bottom of the door represent different racing associations, such as Western Racing Association.|
|Inside the "Speed Shop" working on a trick set-up for their track car.|
|Veda in the Roadster at one of the dry lakes.|
Veda fell in love with the whole aspect of land speed racing. She started racing with the Russetta Timing Association and after the war, the SCTA passed a special resolution giving her the full rights of membership and the ability to race at their meets. She set a record of 104 mph in a full fendered roadster class. Then in 1937 at Muroc she improved on that record by going 114 mph. In a borrowed modified car she turned a 131 mph at a SCTA meet.
|The Roadster was repainted black and white, their favorite colors.|
|Veda in line with the black and white deuce getting ready for a record run. She was considered the fastest woman running.|
|Here's an image on Veda running the Roadster in the "C" category in 1947 setting a speed of 121 mph. Those were exceptionally fast times in those day with that type of car.|
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