The MM’s VP, Pat Boatright, rode with her brother and liked it so she asked him to teach her to ride. “She did fine, except for one thing…just couldn’t stop the machine and keep the engine running. She couldn’t, until—one day she was tearing down the road and looked up to see a train across the road… was real surprised, seconds later, to find herself sitting there at the edge of the crossing, quite up-right and the motor just purring away. That was the end of that trouble.
Pat has taken many trips…She is particularly fond of races and Enduros. Daughter, Patsy, has been a constant companion on trips since babyhood. Pat enjoys the Convention trips and has missed very few since joining the Maids eleven years ago …
The most popular Girl Rider in America in 1949…first year of this National Contest, was Pat Boatright… She won several [trophies]… at field events, in which she excels, but is best in the Slow Race. The rest of the trophies she has won in Enduros and Club Events.
The Boatrights are a motorcycle family. Both Pat and her husband, Fred, are connected with the Harley-Davidson shop in Shreveport and their thirteen year old daughter has her own motorcycle and is a member of the Motor Maids of America. The convention in 1955 will see Pat and daughter, Patsy, on two machines for the first time. Husband, Fred, is an Auxiliary member of the Motor Maids…
Pat was State Director of Texas and Louisiana for many years before she was appointed by the President, Dot Robinson, to fulfill the office of Vice-President in 1951…Pat was elected to the post in 1954 to hold office for three years.”
In 1955, Patsy (later Patsy Boatright Nuchia) rode her bike 1,760 miles to convention in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, at age 14. Her photo and a notice appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on July 16, 1955.
October 1955, Patsy and Pat were joint winners of the long distance trophy presented in Springfield, IL where 40 MM’s, “opened the track before the National with a parade to make Springfield again one of the best attended events of the year”.
In December of 1955 Patsy took second place in a run in Shreveport, planned by Harry Talmadge, husband of MM “Weezie” Talmadge. First place went to Jody Bunch of New Orleans, and third to Nickie Hero of Pensacola.
Young Patsy took awards at non-MM events as well, winning the trophy for the girl rider who rode her machine the longest distance to attend the Gypsy Tour in Houston, TX at 14.
Patsy won the annual 50 mile Dot Robinson Run on July 8, 1956, and received the trophy from Dot Robinson herself who attended with her mother, Mrs. Goulding, and daughter, Mrs. Betty Fouls, both of Detroit. Nickie Hero took second prize in the run and Betty Fouls came in third.