Miss World 600 1963

Miss World 600 1963

by May 25, 2014 0 comments

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. This morning I got to watch the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco, as I write this I’m watching the Indy 500 and in just a few short hours I will settle in to watch the NASCAR Coke 600. It is without question of the greatest days of racing there is. I can’t think of another sport that has three such major events on the same day.

For the past five years I have embarrassed my mother on Facebook by tagging her in some photos that were taken over 50 years ago and this year not only am I going to call her out on Facebook but also right here on The Fourth Turn. It seems I was involved in this wonderful day of racing years before I was actually born.

world600-1In 1963, my mother, then Sunny Skinner was Miss World 600. She was college student in the Charlotte area and I think her friends dared her to enter the pageant. She won, was crowned and got spend the weekend in Victory Lane with Fred Lorenzen.

Mom hates it every time I bring it up but to this day I have a program from the 1963 World 600 and several newspaper clippings to remind her. I guess you never know which of those random events of your youth will have meaning to your kids in decades to come. For all those race fans out there you might want to quiz your parents just a little harder, there may be some racing related event in your families past just lurking there, waiting to be uncovered.


Christopher Neal
Christopher is a happily married father of 3 very active boys. He is a full time law enforcement officer and part time web designer. Chris is currently the chief editor of as well as has personal blog

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