“July 7th, 1936
Tomorrow I compete in my first auto race and I’m pretty excited. I’ve done a lot of practising out here in Des Moines, and I am making record times in all my laps according to the guys who manage the track. I am really hoping that I’ll place either 2nd or 3rd, at least.
I know you said to be careful, and my dearest sister, I will be. It’s hard to believe that only a year ago, I was fixing cars, and now I’m racing them! It’s even more hard to believe that not very long ago, father was walking barefoot town to town selling his materials, and now everyone drives everywhere, including me, and as fast as they can. All I can say is that things really do change if you live long enough.
Wish me luck tomorrow, Alice. I will be thinking of you when I cross the finish lane and take off my racing goggles.