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#851 Graham Clayton

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 08:27

I can't help with a picture on the web. But if you can lay your hand on Tom Burnside's book "American Racing" you will find on p. 231 a photo from Sebring 1958 showing Alejandro de Tomaso, Isabelle de Tomaso, Phil Hill, Peter Collins, Bruce Kessler & Paul O'Shea and on p. 246 another one from Sebring 1959 showing the de Tomaso couple (although a more "atmospheric" one with more shade than light).


"Runways & Racers: Sports Car Races Held on Military Airfields in America" by Terry O'Neil (Veloce Publishing Ltd, 2011) has a picture of Haskell sitting in her Siata during the meeting held at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida on the 31st of January, 1954 (page 124).


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#852 Alan Cox

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:47

I'll wager not many of you will recall the Hon Victoria Watson's brief foray into the world of vintage racing, with Alain de Cadenet's Alfa Monza. I only remember seeing her once at the Richard Seaman Meeting in 1986.
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#853 Rob29

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 16:08

I'll wager not many of you will recall the Hon Victoria Watson's brief foray into the world of vintage racing, with Alain de Cadenet's Alfa Monza. I only remember seeing her once at the Richard Seaman Meeting in 1986.
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remember the name-thanks for the photos which I don't recall seeing before :)

#854 David McKinney

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 16:32

I'll wager not many of you will recall the Hon Victoria Watson's brief foray into the world of vintage racing, with Alain de Cadenet's Alfa Monza. I only remember seeing her once at the Richard Seaman Meeting in 1986.

Vintage racing? Vintage racing?

I do recall the lady in question. Have a feeling she raced it at least once more - maybe at a Silverstone?

Her twin brother is now Baron Manton


#855 Alan Cox

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 16:43

Vintage racing? Vintage racing?

Sorry, David. Post-vintage racing! I should have said "VSCC racing" :)

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 18:41

Sorry, David. Post-vintage racing! I should have said "VSCC racing" :)



Different league, but same skill level: http://www.oldstox.c...ages/shawna.jpg

In the 80's and 90's, Shawna Wilskey from Washington State was a three time regional champ, racing 360 cu.in. Sprint cars, woke up in hospital once or twice, ran hard against some hard competitors, and dived into Turn One like nobody's business. Nowadays
she fabricates Rocket sprint cars and runs enduros.


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Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:26

I'll wager not many of you will recall the Hon Victoria Watson's brief foray into the world of vintage racing, with Alain de Cadenet's Alfa Monza. I only remember seeing her once at the Richard Seaman Meeting in 1986.


Is she Christabel Watson nee Carlisle's daughter? There's a resemblance.

#858 Alan Cox

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:40

Is she Christabel Watson nee Carlisle's daughter? There's a resemblance.

No. Her mother is Mary Elizabeth Watson (née Hallinan), wife of the 3rd Baron Manton

#859 Alan Cox

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 20:56

Monaco Grand Prix Historique 2012
Holly Mason-Franchitti with the Mason family's Le Mans Rep 'Nash
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#860 E1pix

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:23

Nice, Alan. :up:

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 21:52

Talking of racing Minis does anyone have any contacts with Liz Jones ?


Only a clairvoyant - Liz Jones died in 2010 aged 80.


#862 Graham Clayton

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 11:06

Some details of English (and 1 German) female stock car drivers from the 1950's onwards:

http://www.mossmodels.co.uk/page20.htm

#863 arttidesco

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 05:43

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Keiko Ihara was sharing her LMP2 #29 Gulf Racing Middle East entered Lola Nissan B12/80 Coupé with Fenchman Fabien Giroix and Swiss Jean-Denis Delatraz, at Silverstone last week. They qualified 22nd and finished 18th overall and 11th in class.

I don't think Keiko was in the car when I took the pic.

#864 Graham Clayton

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 03:35

Here is a photo of Suzi Dietrich:

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Plus a portrait photo of Martha Zietlow:

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 17:51

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Brioney Serrell's FF spec Lotus 51 at Prescott some months ago.

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Victoria Beever in her 1958 P4 at Goodwood which is presumably not too dissimilar to the P4 with which R Trever Jones won the National Aintree [Closed Car Handicap] in August 1955.

#866 Alan Cox

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 18:56

French historic saloon racer, Paule Kienert, who was racing her Mini Cooper S at Angouleme this year.
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#867 Stephen W

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 09:00

One watch out for - Louise Calder who set FTD at the Golspie sprint over the week-end.

Edited by Stephen W, 11 October 2012 - 08:45.


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 11:50

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I understand Sue Darbyshire broke her arm when her Morgan rolled earlier this year, here she is at Caste Combe last weekend warming up her Morgan prior to qualifying 6th for the VSCC Pre War Sports Cars race in which she finished 4th :up:

#869 Alan Cox

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:45

Indeed, Ralph. A great racer and true enthusiast who has been one of the very quickest Morgan racers for quite some years now. And she loves Angouleme, so her heart must be in the right place!
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 20:39

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I understand Sue Darbyshire broke her arm when her Morgan rolled earlier this year, here she is at Caste Combe last weekend warming up her Morgan prior to qualifying 6th for the VSCC Pre War Sports Cars race in which she finished 4th :up:



I had the pleasure of watching her at the Snetterton meeting the other weekend - superb performance given that the "200" circuit was being used which really has only 2 slow corners. To stay so close to a T35B was, I thought, quite surprising.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:45

One watch out for - Louise Calder who set FTD at the Golspie sprint over the week-end.


19 year old Louise Calder has just won the Junior Challenge Trophy in the British Sprint Championship - this is for competitiors who can't manage a full season so they nominate four counting rounds. At Anglesy she was second in class on Saturday never having seen the course until Friday evening. On Sunday the engine in her 24 year old Jedi detonated on her first Timed Run.
Another season of Sprinting is on the cards for 2013 however she would love to get into circuit racing and is looking to Legends or Formula Jedi.



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Posted 28 October 2012 - 23:46

Heidi Jackel Pacer at Chevalier College Bowral on Sunday...

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#873 Graham Clayton

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 00:56

One of the earliest women drivers was Joan Cuneo who drove in the 1908-1909 era. Didn't do too bad driving a Knox "Giant". In New Orleans on Feb 20, 1909 she finished second in a 50 lap/50 mile race which was won by Ralph DePalma in the Fiat Cyclone. George Robertson finished third in the Simplex and Lewis Strang fourth in an Isotta.

From what little I've read about her, I gather she was kinda like auto racing's Amelia Earhart --- supported by a wealthy husband.


Here is a photo of Joan Cuneo:

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 19:08

I his listing for the 1936 TT Martin Krejki lists a Singer no. 37 driven by Roy Eccles with reserve driver Mrs R Eccles. Does anybody know her Christian name? I would like to correct the caption on P 106 of John Tennant's Motor racing the golden age where she is described as "An unknown reserve driver ..."

Edited by D-Type, 20 January 2013 - 18:22.


#875 ReWind

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 19:11

Marjorie Eccles née Quick

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 19:13

Marjorie Eccles née Quick


That was ... um ... quick! :rolleyes:

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 19:37

Thanks.

#878 arttidesco

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 14:05

Happy Birthday Denise McCluggage :up:

#879 Alan Cox

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:15

German historic racer from the 1990s, Katharina Schmidt, with Thomas Bscher's Maserati 4CL
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 21:12

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Not sure what her plans for 2013 are, but Laura Tillet was racing a Tatuus FR2000, seen here testing at Donington, in Formula Renault last year finishing 26th in the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 17:16

About 60 years earlier...


ELEANOR TINKER RACE QUALIFIER
Pilots Own Car in Readville Tryouts - Fiance at Wheel Tomorrow


Having qualified the racing car she helped to build for the Readville races, Eleanor Tinker of Newton Centre will move over into the right hand seat as mechanic for her fiance, Harry Knapp, when the starter's flag drops at noon tomorrow.
Miss Tinker insisted on driving her own car in the test yesterday and her mile trip around the dirt track was registered in time which compared favorable with that of the veterans who will be in the holiday race.
Knapp, who actually will pilot the car in the July Fourth races, learned his driving from Miss Tinker and progressed so sapidly [sic!] that he will be entrusted with the task of coming home a winner, tomorrow.


The Boston Herald, Tuesday, July 3, 1934

Whether Tinker rode as mechanician or not was not recorded, but Knapp won the second 6-mile heat on Wednesday, yet did not finish in the top 4 in the main event, won by Joe Silvia of Cohasset (MA).

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#882 Alan Cox

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 20:50

Amanda Stretton, Silverstone April 1996 - Jaguar XK120, leading Annette Mason, Frazer Nash Le Mans Rep
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Posted 05 April 2013 - 22:38

Nick Mason's daughters, Chloe and Holly
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Posted 06 April 2013 - 08:19

Heh, Holly is carrying on the heraldic tradition of canting arms...

#885 David Beard

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 13:49

Heh, Holly is carrying on the heraldic tradition of canting arms...


Not sure about that "Ensign14" , I don't understand but here's a snap another of her...

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#886 Vitesse2

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 15:11

Canting arms are heraldic bearings that represent the bearer's name in a visual pun. In this case, the holly leaves and berries depicted on her helmet. :wave:

#887 David Beard

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 16:24

Canting arms are heraldic bearings that represent the bearer's name in a visual pun. In this case, the holly leaves and berries depicted on her helmet. :wave:


Ah, I see. Thanks. :)

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 18:25

Austrian Connie Kenner, who drove the ex-Senna Williams FW08C at the VSCC's Donington 'Tribute to Senna' meeting in 2003
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Posted 06 April 2013 - 20:08

Ah, I see. Thanks. :)

Classic example is the ex-Queen Mother, whose Bowes-Lyon family's arms were:

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 21:57

I just found Channel 4's coverage of the first round of the British GT championship - broadcast at 7am this morning(!). The GT4 class was won by Zoe Wenham partnering some bloke in a Ginetta G50. They won the class in both heats after close fights. She is apparently still only about 18 yo. May have a future?

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 08:42

Classic example is the ex-Queen Mother, whose Bowes-Lyon family's arms were:

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The 'some bloke' is Declan Jones who, I understand, is also eighteen.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 00:57

Ladies in action at Castle Combe recently

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Heather Calder in the Gould GR55 she shares with Colin Calder, despite being .85 seconds faster than Colin in practice she did not attempt any timed runs in The Great Western Sprint for some reason.

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Seen at the Howards Day meeting at Castle Combe on Easter Monday Caroline Gilbert in the #66 www.CRSRisk.com Mighty Mini in which she Q 11th and F 9th in Race 1 and F 10th from her 9th place start in Race 2.

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In the same race Penelope Jones in the #45 Mini Q 13th and F 14th in Race 1 and Finished 19th 1 lap down in Race 2.

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Laura Harris in the #30 Moss Europe / Acespeed Mini and Ella Blue Markham in the #5 Elmslodge Construction Ltd Mighty Mini's finished 19th and 17th respectively in Race 1 and 17th and 15th in Race 2. Above Laura manged to reverse the order for a few laps in Race 2 before being overtaken by Ella, Ryan Cowley is seen trailing the pair in his #81 Mini.

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Anne King qualified her Class C #46 MG ZR190 20th in the National Windscreens Castle Combe Saloon Car Championship but retired after 4 laps.

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Finally Louise Inch drove the #24 Paul Inch Engine Services Mini and qualified 13th for the first 90 hp Super Mighty Mini Race and finished 12th. In the second race, seen here, she climbed up to 7th on the 11th lap but fell back to 10th by the finish on lap 14. Louise is seen leading the #43 Bailey Caravans Mini of Chris Slade who finished the second race in 8th place.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:28

F3 Cup-Oulton Park-Easter Monday-Alice Powell won both races.sorry no pics -still looking for TV coverage!
yesterday-discovered another -one Amy Barker won class in Mazda MX5 race at Donington-live on Motors TV.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 10:32

I just found Channel 4's coverage of the first round of the British GT championship - broadcast at 7am this morning(!). The GT4 class was won by Zoe Wenham partnering some bloke in a Ginetta G50. They won the class in both heats after close fights. She is apparently still only about 18 yo. May have a future?


She's come up through the junior sportscar ranks - supported by the BWRDC, seems to have some decent sponsorship in place and yes, I think she has a future somewhere. I can see her making an appearance at Le Mans or Sebring before too long.

Looking at the historic data, I think Alice Powell would be wise to consider that route, too. There have been a fair few female drivers who have banged their heads on the single-seater sponsorship glass ceiling and disappeared, when they could have made their money and careers go further by considering sportscars or touring cars. Sarah Kavanagh springs to mind - she obviously had the knack of driving very powerful cars, but her obsession with single-seaters meant she was never able to put a decent campaign together and show she could get results. I do wonder whether she was just very naive, or whether there was someone close to her giving her really duff advice. Of course, this problem is not unique to women drivers.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 13:09

Ladies at Wiscombe Park on Saturday,

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Jenny Howells shared this Imp with her husband Alex,

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Hannah Wiltshire from Hampshire was out in her Clio 172 Cup,

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Jane Hibert, also from Hampshire, was sharing this BMW 328i Coupé with Terry Hedley,

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and finally Barbra Alexander Mark was driving her Mini Cooper in the Dews Motor Club Class.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 13:41

Two lady drivers from Donington Park 21 May 1978
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Juliette Slaughter/Brindley and Desiré Wilson

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 09:31

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Hannah Wiltshire from Hampshire was out in her Clio 172 Cup


Daughter of Tony Wiltshire the rapid sprint & hillclimb driver.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 23:33

This thread was originally about early women racers, but as usual for women racer threads has degenerated into a list of every female racer that can be thought of......so I'll add another! I've looked through all of this thread, but wouldn't have backed any so far mentioned to beat the likes of, Elio de Angelis and Stefan Bellof, but this woman did......... She got rid of her novice plates just 15 months previously yet, at a world championship event, kicked the backside of de Angelis & Bellof, and I reckon would have beaten Prost, Villeneuve & Senna as well...........nah, work it out for yourselves!

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:11

I bet not many can name her.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 20:55

I bet not many can name her.


Would that be Lorraine Peck? I have read that she was very talented.