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High Octane Beauty Maryeve Dufault Goes from the Runway to the Racetrack

High speed, high octane beauty Maryeve Dufault got her racing chops honest.

She’s got the look, the speed and the nerve that perfectly matches the TauBu high octane lifestyle. You may not yet know Maryeve Dufault’s name, but you’ve very likely seen her amazing shape and beautiful face. The 29-year-old French Canadian stunner first started turning heads as a teenage Hawaiian Tropic international model search winner and went on to be a “Barker’s Beauty” on the Price is Right and pose in the August 2011 issue of Maxim magazine.

But she ain’t just another pretty face. Dufault was riding a dirt bike and snowmobiles before she hit middle school and competed in motocross, go-kart and open-wheel racing as a teenager. The girl got it honest. Her dad and brother both were highly competitive motorcycle racers. So when little Dufault ditched Barbies for bikes, no one thought twice about it. And they didn’t flinch at all when in 2005, Dufault played in the Lingerie Bowl for the New York Euphoria. Nor did the fam worry when she found work as a Hollywood stunt double or a precision driving pro for major corporations including Honda.

Model and racecar driver Maryeve Dufault.

“Even at a young age I needed powerful rushes of adrenaline, speed and even danger,” Dufault says.

Last year, Dufault began racing in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series. Earlier this year, she landed a driver development contract with the FAZZT Race Team and by August had made twelve starts in ARCA Racing Series – one of them a top 10. And this past weekend, she became the first Canadian woman to race the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Though her big debut at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve proved a bit of a bust (she spun out twice, got clipped a time or two and suffered a bum transmission) Dufault ain’t giving up yet. Raise a TauBu toast to this high octane beauty and watch for her to get back on the tracks soon.

TauBu Wants to Know – Are You Up on your Bike Week History?

Here at TauBu, we’re busy gearing up for Daytona Beach Bike Week – the annual 10-day celebration of bikes, babes and boisterous parties (March 4-12). And we’re wondering if fans have any idea the history that Bike Week holds.

Ed Kretz, winner of the inaugural Daytona 200 in 1937. We bet he'd have loved TauBu!

The inaugural running of the Daytona 200 (also called the “Handlebar Derby” by locals) happened in January of 1937. Ed Kretz crossed the finish line first on the #38 Indian motorcycle, hitting an average 72.34 mph throughout the 3.2-mile beach and road course. The races ran annually through 1941, with starting times dictated by the tides.

In 1942, the American Motorcycling Association (the race’s sanctioning body) canceled the Daytona 200 “in the interests of national defense.” World War II brought general rations of fuel, tires and engine components. But the hard-core partiers showed up anyway, holding an “unofficial” shindig that later would become the official “Bike Week.”

The Daytona 200 thundered back on to the Daytona sands in 1947, promoted by the legendary Bill France, who skipped school as a teenager to make laps in the family Model T Ford and book it back to the house just before his dad got home from work. He went on to co-found NASCAR as well. The official return of the race proved so successful that the city fathers appealed to the locals to open their homes to visiting bikers and fans. All of the hotel rooms and campgrounds were slammed full and the race boasted a record 176 riders.

The last Daytona 200 to ride the sand was in 1960 and the race moved to its current home at the Daytona International Speedway in 1961. Meanwhile, Bike Week events surrounding the race grew, as did tensions between visiting (or “invading,” some argued) bikers, locals and law enforcement. A mid-1980s task force organized by the city and the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce set out to help everyone just get along.

Today, the rowdiness continues, but it’s a little more organized, so as to keep both the locals and the motorcycle enthusiasts visiting from around the world happy. TauBu asks that you party hard, but party responsibly. And make sure you stop by the TauBu booth in River Park for a meet & greet with the beautiful TauBu Girls and a coupon for 10% off your next online order of TauBu apparel.

See you in Daytona!