story of Kendra and Betty, America’s only all-women sidecar road racing
their balky sidecar “Dixie”, and how they went from finishing last to
winning the respect of fellow competitors, sponsors, and race fans during
the 2015 SRA-West season.
The Monkey: Kendra McDonald
Age: 32, from Portland, Oregon.
Kendra has been riding motorcycles
since 2005. She has been an
active member of the Oregon motorcycle
community almost as
long as she has been riding,
organizing and helping with events, attending Coalition of Clubs
(COC) meetings, pushing for
motorcycle-friendly legislation, and more. She
became a member of the Flying Fifteen MC in 2014
when she also began volunteering with OMRRA as Taste of
Racing Coordinator. Kendra competed in
her first sidecar racing event on an F1 car at Miller
Motorsports Park in 2014.
The Driver: Elizabeth Herlocker
Age: 27, from Portland, Oregon. Betty has been riding
motorcycles since she was a teenager in 2006. She deepened her
ties to the motorcycle community beginning
with her volunteering with Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association (OMRRA) as
Crash Truck Operator in 2009 and is now
Safety Committee. She began racing sidecars with the Sidecar
Racers Association-West in 2012 as
co-driver for Scotty Lane on their F2 2002
GSXR 1000. Betty became a member of
the Flying Fifteen Motorcycle Club in 2015
where she teamed up with Kendra for the 2015 SRA-West season.
1. Johnny Bravo (2:27)
Tamara Moore (8:57)
Heidi Neidhöfer (10:10)
Kevin Starr (7:56)
Scotty Lane (9:30)
Donn Sayer & John Heenan (12:33)
Johnny Killmore (17:12)
Kendra & Betty (6:15)
2013 Portland Alley Sweeper
Music by Bitch School
The Filmmaker: Ned Thanhouser
Age: 67, from Portland, Oregon. Ned is an award
winning documentary film- maker, cinematographer,
and president of Thanhouser Company Film Preservation (www.thanhouser.org).
His feature documentary The Thanhouser Studio and the Birth of
American Cinema won a Special Jury REMI Award at
the 2014 WorldFest-Houston
and was broadcast on Turner Classic Movies in 2015.
Ned is an active member of the Portland
motorcycle community, and producer
of several short documentaries about motorcycle
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