"In late 2002, Phyllis Horner from
California and Kathe Vaughn from Kentucky had a spirited
conversation about how much fun it would be to ride in
an “all girls” drill team on trikes or sidecar rigs.
Linda Keenon, wife of our national
director, was “in like flint” and they asked for the
blessing of our National Director, Bruce Keenon. He told
them to get their act together and they’d be allowed to
ride at the following year’s Gold Rush in Indianapolis,
The three of them went on to invite
Janet Mays from Illinois, Marilyn Smithpeters from
Illinois, Barb Stuckey from Michigan, and Gay Heckel
from Michigan. Chrysa Keenon, then 6 years old, was the
youngest member of the drill team. They named themselves
BOW WOW GIRLS Drill Team…BOW WOW for Babes on Wheels,
Wings or Whatever.
Kathe took the task as drill team
captain. Putting together drills was a monumental task
since logistically there was no way they could get
together to practice. Kathe asked for help from one of
the Great Lakes Drill Team members (Terry Hammond from
Michigan) but was then too hard-headed to accept his
suggestions. Thankfully, they remain friends.
Gold Rush time arrived and so did the
new drill team all dressed in matching black jeans and
white shirts. The BOW WOW Girls have ridden each Gold
Rush since and are now outfitted in matching uniforms
and helmets. Members now include the original team with
the exception of Gay Heckel, and the addition of Cindy
Warn from Michigan and Debbie Deskins from Tennessee.
They pride themselves on developing new routines each
year to accommodate street conditions.
Kathe is half the team of National
Rider Education Directors and sees to it that safety is
foremost in their ride and attire. They enjoy the help
and support of the “Bow Wow Boys”, their husbands in
pink T-shirts who are right there in the lots and
streets with them when they practice and perform. The
BOW WOW Girls are much more than a drill team…they’ve
evolved into a sisterhood of ladies who highly respect
one another and what they do as a team."