I am not sure how I missed the story when Natalie Pack was crowned Miss California earlier this year, but the Palos Verdes native is set to compete in the Miss USA pageant this June, and holds a special place in our hearts here at Asphalt & Rubber. Sure, we love her not only because she is representing California (loyal A&R readers should realize by now that this six-generation Californian author is downright militant when it comes to things regarding the Golden State), but also we love her because Natalie Pack is an avid motorcyclist.

Describing herself as a tomboy, Pack lists riding her motorcycle down the Pacific Coast Highway as her favorite hobby/activity — strangely enough, that’s our favorite hobby/activity as well. A Dean’s List pre-med student at UC Irvine, Pack wants to be dermatologist after she completes medical school (she apparently blogs as well). Hearts will be broken, grown men will swoon, and we’re pretty sure you are going to head over to the Miss USA website and drop Miss Pack a vote or two.

Now I have watched enough Toddlers & Tiaras to konw well enough to steer clear of the pageant scene, but it surely has to be a boon to the women riders movement to have a role model that little girls look up to that also happens to be into riding motorcycles. Winning the hearts and minds of future lady riders one at a time, maybe motorcycling’s largest untapped rider-base will slowly come around this whole two-wheeled motorized transportation thing.

Source: Miss USA