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#201 Ray Bell

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Posted 09 April 2003 - 21:30

Originally posted by O Volante
Does somebody know what motorracing Miss Duno is doing these times?


Is Vic still coaching her?

She was supposed to go F Nissan racing last year, did that happen?

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#202 Rob29

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Posted 10 April 2003 - 08:13

Originally posted by Ray Bell




She was supposed to go F Nissan racing last year, did that happen?

Yes,results fairly poor.She also did the last 2 World Series races in Brasil and was dead last. Should stick to sports car endurance racing where she is at least competitive.
Also entered for the Pro Celeb race is actress Angie Everhart,who's driving ability I have no idea,but she is certainly a brave lady.Saw her recently on a TV celeb stunt show.,in which she was deliberatly set on fire-in what was called a 'full body burn'

#203 Ray Bell

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Posted 10 April 2003 - 09:53

Originally posted by Rob29
Yes, results fairly poor. She also did the last 2 World Series races in Brasil and was dead last.....


I kind of expected that...

There is an element of wave-riding going on in that sphere.

#204 normbeechey

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Posted 11 April 2003 - 00:52

In the USA Kathy Burban gave Australian legend Allan Moffat a run for his money when he was racing his Lotus Cortina against her. There is a bit of a story here:-

http://members.tripo...athyBurbanStory

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#205 Falcadore

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Posted 12 April 2003 - 17:42

Originally posted by eldougo
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oz lady drivers


Right now i would like to add more names to the list
VERONA LARKIN --------f/vee & sports cars
ROBI Hamilton -------- f/ford

TO compile a list of them all from this thread
Christine Gibson ( Cole)
Sue Ransom
Pat Peck
Darrilynn Huitt
Helen Bittner
Joan Richmond
any others road racers to add to the list!!!!!!
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Well she is not Australian but LELLA LOMBARDI was my all time favourite lady f/5000
driver she was great to watch at ORAN PARK in the Matich A/50 she qualifyed 4th
an was 2nd in the first corner Warwick Brown leading she gave max & kevin hell that
day until the Motorrrrrrrr blew (oil pumpi think).



Eldougo....

The biggest female name of recent times has of course been Leanne Ferrier. The one time Formula Ford front runner spent a season in the Konica V8 series racing for Garry Rogers Motorsport, the same team her boyfriend Garth Tander races for. She was always close to the front but not really a leader. The fund dried up and an old nail was purchased from sprintcar engine builder Garry Kendrick in Perth for last year, but the effort didn't do her or anyone associated any credit. 2003 plans are as yet unknown.

Paula Elstrek has done some almost interesting things in recent times in Australian Super Touring and Australian GT-Production, plus also making a world's fastest female attempt in Rosco McGlashens LSR jet car.

Heid O'Neill was midfield in Commodore Cup a few years ago.

Nicole Pretty, sister of Nathan, did some thunderdome stuff before some very brief appearances in V8Supercar around five years ago and has since then disappeared from the circuits. Well disappeared from behind the wheel anyway.

There was of course Larry Perkins famous Castrol Cougars experiment, which was supposed to give several drivers ago but in the end only four were selected and two raced. Kim Watkins wasn't allowed to go any further as her employers Channel 9 TV station didn't believe it would be good for the image they wanted her to have, or there professional insurerers wanted her to have. The other was an international level netballer who's name escapes me, but in the end she decedided the netball needed more of her energies than could be given to motor racing.

Kerryn Brewer, daughter of long time Australian NASCAR/AUSCAR racer Marshall J Brewer, got several ATCC rounds under her belt and a Bathurst as well. Melinda Price, Drew's sister, had had a racing career before the Cougars (like Brewer) and continued to do so afterwards and continued being part of the Bathurst scene until only a couple of years ago. By and large the Cougars program didn't really produce any new talent as such, all it really did was lengthn Price's career longer than perhaps it would have lasted otherwise.

Jenni Thompson became one of the minor names in Super Touring during it's hey day, driving Peter Hills' Ford Mondeo and later a Peugeot 405 including taking in two Bathurst 1000's.

Alexandra Surplice raced a rather old by that point Corolla Levin in Group C during the early 80's.

There is the undisputed Queen of drag racing, Rachelle Splatt (not the best name for a drag racer I'll agree), and multiple Australian Rally Co-driver champions Coral Taylor and Kate Officer. Sue Evans, naviguesser for husband Simon in the indecently rapid Hella Impreza WRX. Etc....

Some other names, Ann Thompson, Annette Meuvissien (EU), Carol Jackson, Carole Corness, Caroline O'Shanesy, Debbie Chapman (NZ), Diane Dickson, Gloria Taylor, Gwenda Searle, Heather Baille, Heather Spurle (NZ), Jan Holland, Jane Richardson, Jane Taylor, Janet Guthrie (US), Leanne Ross, Lorraine Hill, Marie-Claude Beaumont (Fr), Megan Kirkham, Mercedes Stermitz (Aut), Michelle Callaghan, Sandra Bennett, Sue Hughes, Tania Gulson, Terri Sawyer, Tracey Taylor.......

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Posted 12 April 2003 - 19:14

Sondi Eden has been running NAMARS midgets in the midwest for several years, and has won races.

Mary Anne Butters drove sports cars, mainly MGAs and MGBs, sponsored by Pepsi, in SCCA nationals in the 70s.

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Posted 12 April 2003 - 19:50

I've great respect for those women who have made the jump to motor sport competition. As this news article from 1960 shows, the prevalent attitude towards the so-called "Powder-Puff" Derby was linked to horse-racing environments where women ("girls" called here) were also discouraged from participating. The title indicates the general opinion in racing circles along with the comment of injury-free miles of racing. The race was uneventful as it turned out.
As you can see quite a few women from Canada and the US competed in this club racing weekend.

Sunday (Shudder) Is Ladies' Day
By Tom Butler, The Vancouver Sun, Saturday, June 25, 1960

Westwood Sports Car Circuit has logged 47,000 miles of injury-free racing since opening last year.
Sunday, the girls take over.
Thrills, chills, spills - now frills.
Scheduled in the eight-race card is a special Powder Puff Derby - 10 laps over the merry-go-round 1.8 mile paved track.
Burnaby's Joan Goodridge leads a femme field of 16 starters. Joan regularly races her Austin-Healey with the men - and wins.
In hot pursuit will be UBC coed Dede McColl in a Sprite and Marg Horton in an MG coupe.
MGA roadsters are entered by Yvonne Bridge and Doris Ostlund. The TR3 parade includes Glennis Godfrey, Jean Orr, Jean Saunders and Laureen Doherty.
Pat Haywood, Fay Lee, Joy Hoyland and two Seattle girls round out the entries.
The field is expected to reach 85 for the remaining seven races of the meeting, an International Championship event.
Seattle auto dealer Lew Florence, the northwest's top driver, will go after the unofficial course record of 83.0 miles per hour in his Lotus 15.
Chief opposition will come from Vancouver's Charles McKaig, driving Dr. Claire Wilson's Lotus 11 - the car visiting Belgian Olivier Gendebien drove to the track standard two week's ago.
Vancouver's Jim Rattenbury will be in there with his D-Jaguar along with John Nissen in a TR-3 Special.
Other Seattle entries include Pete Lovely in his Lotus 11 and Richard Lake with his Formula Jr. Gemini.
Races start at 12:30, with time trials set for 10 a.m.

#208 Frank S

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Posted 12 April 2003 - 22:14

There are woman-racer features in several programs from 50s and 60s Southern California races. Powder-puff stuff. There may have been others, but after a few I felt a little uncomfortable, a little guilty at perpetuating the chauvinism, so I stopped putting them on the pages. These are the ones that got there before my cutoff; I don't yet know what years the raised consciousness of the program publishers (or the quality and quantity of entrants) began to influence them, but eventually such things stopped appearing, and women racers became racers and there were no separate events for them.

Carrell Speedway, July 1949

One of my recent (uncatalogued) acquisitions has a story about Fay Taylour.

Bakersfield, May 1955
Torrey Pines, January 1956
Pomona, November 1957
Pomona, November 1960


I've recently met some of the women in these stories and photos, and their common characteristic, beyond sharp eyes and lively hearts and intellects, is their failure to age like the rest of us: most are my age or older, and they appear to be a minimum of ten years younger. It must be that some special essences are stimulated by serious racing.


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#209 Ray Bell

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Posted 12 April 2003 - 22:24

Strange that...

We had a Fay Taylor race here... I'm sure her name was Fay. Bruce Taylor's wife, ran in one of those many 'women's only' races at Oran Park.

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Posted 12 April 2003 - 23:43

In Kenya Mrs Lucille Cardwell won the East African track driving championship in 1959 and 1960 driving a Porsche RS Spyder. The Porsche had been imported by John Manussis who had previously won the championship several times in a Jaguar XK120 and D-Type. He had a serious road accident and was sidelined for a while and lent the car to Lucille. Later the Cardwells purchased the car from him.

She also drove regularly in the Safari, finishing 3rd in 1961 sharing a Zephyr with Ann Hall, 4th in 1964 sharing a Mercedes 220SE with Jill Lead, and 8th in 1968 sharing a Datsun 510 with Mrs Gerry Davies, winning the coupe des dames on each occasion.

Edited by D-Type, 01 September 2012 - 16:06.


#211 Rob29

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Posted 24 June 2003 - 08:30

Originally posted by Rob29
Sorry Darren,just checked the WGGT site & no record of cathy Muller taking part.All 25 actual drivers listed.

I think you meant Katja Muller who is German.

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Posted 24 June 2003 - 12:13

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Vicuna
[QUOTE]Originally posted by lanciaman
[B]By any measure, Shirley Muldowney is the standout female racer.

She won three national championships and 18 national events, and set a number of track records.

Women have done moderately well in other forms of racing, but none have succeeded like Muldowney.



And in her day, she was pretty spunky too.
[/QUOTE]


Indeed. She reputedly grew to hate the monniker "Cha Cha," but it served her well at the time.

The movie about her, "Heart Like a Wheel," is better than the title suggests.

#213 David Beard

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 14:38

Last night I met a lady who said she raced a front engined FJ Elva and a Lotus Elite with the registration CUE 440, probably mainly at Mallory Park in the earlier 60s. Her name then was Jane Hooke.

Any recollections, anyone?

#214 David McKinney

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 15:43

She's not mentioned in the recent BWRDC book, but then nor are a lot of better-known names

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 15:45

Originally posted by David McKinney
She's not mentioned in the recent BWRDC book, but then nor are a lot of better-known names


Thanks for looking, David.

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 16:12

I'm sort of suprised that no one has mentioned Helen Bashford-Malkie yet....

Among her many accomplishments:

1985 - 2nd Oulton Park Gold Cup - Thundersports
1988 - 1st/2nd/3rd/Pole position - Toyota Formula 3
1990 - Lap Record Silverstone - Group 6
1991 - 3rd International Supersports Championship
1992- 5th Int. Supersports Championship
1993 - Lap Record Spa - supersports, 2nd RJB Mining Group 6 Championship
1995 - 1st group 6 Championship, Class B
1996 - 1st Group 6 Championship, Class B
1996 - 1st RJB Mining Championship , Class B
1997 - Brno, Czech Rep 3rd (1st woman to be on the podium in a FIA F1 Championship)
4th FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Car Championship
1st & 2nd Daytona, USA Group 7 Sports Cars
1998 - 4th Monza, 6th Czech Rep, 1st before crash! - Spa F1
4th Daytona, USA Group 7 Sports Car Enduro.
Awards:
1981 - 3rd BWRDC Goodwin Trophy
1991 - Jamieson award, Britains Fastest Woman racing Driver
1992 - 2nd Goodwin Trophy
Jamieson Award
1993 - 3rd Goodwin trophy
1994 - Castrol Lord Wakefield Trophy for Motorsport Achievement
Jamieson Award
1995 - HSCC Bellini Trophy Best drive in a Chevron
1996- Jamieson Award, 3rd Goodwin Trophy
1997- Graham Eccles Memorial Trophy - Best drive in a Formula 1 car
1998 - Champagne Gosset Award for The most sparkling drive in Motorsport, Jamieson Award, Nominated for the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Inspiration Award
2001 - Jamieson Award

Recently seen flogging the daylights out of her B19 at the Shelsley-Walsh Hillclimb in June.

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Posted 14 September 2003 - 19:21

Great Photo, - you are of course quite right.

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Posted 03 March 2004 - 14:05

Glamour girl Milka Duno from Venezuela is currently racing in GRANDAM. Her team-mates are Stephane Gregoire and Robby Gordon. Go for this link to see a nice clivage from Milka... :blush:

http://www.motorspor...Milka_Duno&O=12

:smoking:

#219 Rob29

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Posted 03 March 2004 - 14:32

Originally posted by Mihai
Glamour girl Milka Duno from Venezuela is currently racing in GRANDAM. Her team-mates are Stephane Gregoire and Robby Gordon. Go for this link to see a nice clivage from Milka... :blush:

http://www.motorspor...Milka_Duno&O=12

:smoking:

Actually she shared with Andy Wallace in round 2 at Miami -Homestead last weekend and they WON!

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#220 Mihai

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Posted 03 March 2004 - 14:46

That's very true. One can hardly miss the cover story on motorsport.com :love:

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Posted 03 April 2004 - 21:03

Please forgive the rather lurid description in the title :rolleyes: This article from today's Bath Chronicle caught my eye. The lady referred to is, of course, far better known to TNFers as the Hon Mrs Victor Bruce (but who knew her name was actually Mildred?) I wonder if this archive has been explored by any racing historians?

http://www.thisisbat...ntentPK=9451363

'PENELOPE PITSTOP' WAS FUELLED BY A SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE

BY SARAH HILLS

11:00 - 03 April 2004

Mildred Bruce was a remarkable woman and one of Wiltshire's raciest characters. Fuelled by the spirit of adventure, the pilot flew solo around the world in the early days of aviation and set records in motor racing.

She also applied her daredevil charisma to business ventures, setting up civil aviation companies where she employed the world's first air hostess.

But her legacy may not have been chronicled in such detail if it wasn't for the chance discovery of the adventurer's personal effects.

In 1980 the Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office was called into a former glove factory in Warminster which she had invested in.

There they discovered documents relating to Mrs Bruce's life, which form part of the county's archive.

There are also photographs of the stuntwoman, which will feature in an exhibition opening at the Trowbridge-based office, in Bythesea Road, on Monday.

The aviator was born in 1895 and died in 1990.

In her latter years she lived in New Town, Bradford on Avon, at Priory Steps.

However, the records were found in 1980 and she gave her permission in person for them to be used.

Archivist Andrew Crookston went to meet her at the time and has helped to catalogue them.

He said: "She had a very sharp brain and was very determined in everything she did and put an enormous amount of energy into whatever field of interest that occupied her at the time.

"In the 1930s when she was flying, she was one of the foremost female aviators of her day. Before she became interested in flying, she was interested in motor racing in all sorts of varieties, such as long- distance trials, high-speed circuit racing and endurance racing.

"By the time she finished her motor racing in the very late 1920s, she held 17 world motoring records. She was exceptionally determined and a skilful driver.

"She had a number of interests in glove manufacturing in Wiltshire, including a firm in Warminster called Holman Byfield."

It was on a whim while shopping in London that Mrs Bruce decided to buy a full-sized aeroplane for £550. She asked if it would fly around the world and was assured that it would.

It was a dream that she fulfilled in 1930, covering 19,000 miles solo in the all-metal Blackburn Bluebird Mark 4.

Her stunts earned her the reputation for being the original Penelope Pitstop.

She was known for travelling furthest north into Lapland by motor car, holding the record for the Double Channel Crossing from Dover to Calais by motor boat, and making the first solo flight from England to Japan, among other achievements.

But Mrs Bruce is still remembered by some Bradford on Avon residents for driving down to Bridge Street on a regular basis in one of her Rolls Royces and parking in the middle of the street, stopping the traffic.

Her aviation companies were based around London and Mr Crookston said: "A large number of her business and personal papers were destroyed in 1939 at the Croydon airport by enemy bombers.

"What we found in the Holman factory in Warminster we think had been kept there because she had long-running disputes with the Inland Revenue.

"If we had not kept the papers, they would have been destroyed."

Mrs Bruce grew up in Essex and her family now live in Switzerland.

The photographic exhibition, called Under Exposed, highlights the diversity of images kept in the Wiltshire County Council's archives. It will run until September and may tour nationwide.

Other photos in the exhibition include a fresh-faced guitarist named Jimmy Page, who went on to find super-stardom as the creative force behind the 1970s rock band, Led Zeppelin.

Also on display is a medical inspector's record of a tour of Wiltshire schools in 1921.

The record includes photos of the schools, pupils and staff and details problems encountered, such as sanitation issues and illnesses suffered by the pupils, such as tuberculosis.


I also have the original print version of this article, which includes four of the pictures: three of them are a portrait with a globe; a 1970s(?) picture of her in the cockpit of a plane and a shot showing her on the wing of a biplane with a road-going(?) sports car registered HX4321 (or maybe MX4321) in the foreground - looks like it could be a Lagonda, but I'm not that good on 30s sports cars. The fourth appears to be taken at a pit stop during a record run - it looks quite unhurried - with a car being refuelled from a churn through a very large square funnel. Only part of the number plate is visible: the figures appear to be 7263 (99.99% certain), while both letters might be Y or X, so it could be YY, XX, YX or XY 7263.

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Posted 04 April 2004 - 08:17

How about Janet Gutrie and Donna Mae Mims

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 05:30

No.1 New Zealand woman driver has to be Sybil Lupp...I had the pleasure of working with her husband Lionel Archer for a time in Wellington and was lucky enough to meet her. I remember one time Lionel had said he was going to have to put his foot down...Sybil had ordered a stiffer sway bar for her E type and he thought at 70 she should be past such things :rotfl:

Another is Julia Huzziff of New Plymouth in her bright pink Holden Commodore in NZ V8 series

Wellington rally driver Deborah Kibble is the only woman competitor in the driver’s seat at Silverstone Race to the Sky this year...full article and pic here: http://www.car.co.nz...?articleid=2421

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Posted 07 April 2004 - 20:51

Here's an interesting story of a woman from Finland who couldn't be kept out of an oval-race car in Vancouver, Canada. Brian Pratt wrote this article:

Kaija
>
>
> When CASCAR visits the Molson Indy Vancouver at the end of the summer there
> is a good chance Kelly Williams will be part of the starting grid. Women in racing, while
> still somewhat of a novelty, aren’t as rare as they were 50 years ago.
>
> Kaija Kalevala’s father, in her home of Finland, decided that women shouldn’t
> drive. It’s not clear if Kaija had expressed a desire to drive, or had already driven, but
he
> put her in music school.
>
> While she loved her father, and can point out her inquisitive nature coming from
> his own approach to the world, Kaija also loved cars.
>
> She fought all her life, she says, against those who tried to hold her back. “What’s
> it matter if I’m a woman if I’m doing the job?,” she still asks.
>
> The Second World War found Finland at war with the Soviet Union. Like women
> throughout the world at that time Kaija took on the jobs men traditionally did. She drove
> a truck and even showed an interest in getting into a tank.
>
> After the conflict she worked in the film industry but not in the typical role one
> might expect for a woman who was as blonde as Kaija was. With a film shortage her job
> was to rush various reels of film from cinema to cinema to satisfy the filmgoers’ need for
> no breaks in the show. Timing was tight and that meant racing through the streets of
> Helsinki.
>
> Street vehicles were also used when she began racing both on dirt and ice. She
> won many trophies and set track records before deciding to leave for Canada.
>
> Vancouver, B.C. was where Kaija ended up because she was told there was a
> speedway there and Andy Digney, his self-named speedway up and running for four
> years, let her have a try in the stock cars without needing to read the written
> recommendation from the Finnish Auto Club. Kaija did well enough and eventually was
> called the “sweetheart of the track”.
>
> Her first stock car was top heavy but with her experience in Finland of preserving
> cars so she could drive home she didn’t roll it. It always wanted to spin or tip over. The
> second stock car for the 1953 season was “a good fast car”. That was the one she
> eventually rolled. But, as the photo caption said at the time, Kaija came up smiling. She
> had a car loaned to her for the next heat from the guy who had caused the crash. The seat
> and belts were a little (or a lot) too big for her so she had to steer with one hand and hang
> on with the other.
>
> The end of the 1953 season had Kaija winning a special race at Cobble Hill’s
> Shearing Speedway on Vancouver Island.
>
> Unfortunately the popularity she had gained played against her regular job of
> driving a delivery truck. Her boss, possibly not seeing the potential favourable press,
> made her choose between racing and the job. Despite the fact that sometimes the money
> she won at Digney Speedway could pay for a month’s rent and groceries she chose the job
> over racing. She also had to look after her mother who had come to Canada.
>
> While she had been accepted at Digney and Shearing she found once in the U.S.
> that ideas were different. A trip to Indiana with the hopes of driving a midget race car
> were quashed when she was told women weren’t allowed in the pits.
>
> Possibly when Kelly Williams comes to Vancouver there will be opportunity for
> the two -- Kaija and Kelly -- to exchange notes on how it is to be a woman driver in what
> is still a predominately male world. It might be a bit easier to get started for a woman
> driver these days (or maybe not) but ultimately they have proven they have the same
> talent and desire.
>
> And these days it’s time to honour pioneers like Kaija Kalevala.
> -30-

#225 Hugo Boecker

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Posted 17 May 2004 - 22:07

Originally posted by Ray Bell
History of Joan Richmond


super bio I'm impressed.

recently I fond on the web-site http://wsrp.wz.cz pre war races that she had a fatal accident in the Donnington 12 hour race on 24th June 1937 driving an AC. Any clues or corrections ?

The was just an other female driver:
Baronesse d'Elern. she was killed driving a Bugatti in the Handicap Algers Grand Prix. She tried to overtake another car and lost control, hit a telegraphpole and was thrown out. This was mentioned in the Books:" Die großen Rennjahre 1919-1939" and " Das große Bugatti Buch" by Erwin Tragatsch and " Automobil und Motorrad Weltalmanach 1935" by S.v.Déván. It also the web-site http://wsrp.wz.cz.
Has any one informations of her ?

In his book on Bugattis Tragatsch mentioned also:

Janine Jennky
Caroline Versigny
Mme Peltzer
Lucy O'Reilly-Schell (Harry's mother) have you mentioned her ?
Mary Grosvenor
Jill Thomas
Sheila Darbishire
Ivy Cummings
Cynthia Turner
May Cunliffe
Margot Einsiedel from Germany drove 1928 Targa Florio with a Bugatti
Bea Gilka-Bötzow
Edith Frisch
Mathilde Schulz

so long

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Posted 17 May 2004 - 22:39

Originally posted by Vitesse2
The lady referred to is, of course, far better known to TNFers as the Hon Mrs Victor Bruce (but who knew her name was actually Mildred?)

  Mrs. Victor Bruce was born Mildred May Easter Petre. She was a cousin of George Eyston.

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Posted 17 May 2004 - 22:54

My article published just recently on women drivers at Westwood:

Powder puff races at Westwood
By Michael Gee, Vancouver Sun, April 9, 2004, pp. E1, E3.

Westwood sports car racing circuit, in Port Coquitlam, opened in the summer of 1959. The following year, race organizers put together a race for women, and the newspapers played up the event. Prior to the special race for women there were a few women competing with men; however, their results were not publicized in the local newspapers. Generally, they were ignored much like their brothers who finished at the back of the pack. However, sometimes they were mentioned, "Burnaby's Joan Goodridge leads a femme field of 16 starters. Joan regularly races her Austin-Healey with the men - and wins." (Vancouver Sun, June 25, 1960)
Feminine names were usually reserved for exotic cars such as "sleek crown princess (Province, July 23, 1960) or "beauties" Also, "Ferrari, Porsche, Jag, Lotus, Maserati, painted ladies with guts-a-plenty and class with a capital 'C'." (Vancouver Sun, April 16, 1960) The term "girls" was usually reserved for female race drivers.
One race in June, 1960, was promoted in advance with headlines such as, Sunday (Shudder) is Ladies Day. One news reporter wrote, "Westwood sports car circuit has logged 47,000 miles of injury free racing since opening last year. Sunday, the girls take over. Thrills, chills, spills - now frills." (Vancouver Sun, June 25, 1960) The news reporter was wrong about the injury statement. The very first race at Westwood included an accident that sent a male driver to the hospital.
News reporters and photographers worked hard to get images of the women drivers patting their cheeks with a powder puff and applying lipstick while sitting in their cars posed in front of a rear view mirror. In fact, at this race and for a few years hence the special race was called "Powder Puff".
Ann Moore, a nurse from Victoria, won the June race, Zelma Moore of Vancouver was second, and Joan Goodridge, of Burnaby, came in third in a borrowed TR3 Special. Her Austin Healey blew out a cylinder.
Later that year, in the September race, Zelma Moore in her Lotus 7 was listed as first. In May 1961, Diana McColl was second. Later, in July, 26-year-old Joan Goodridge came first; Karen Hall, second; Doris Walters, from Edmonton, third; Ann Moore, fourth.
In June, 1962, the Powder Puff race, with 10 entrants, was won by Karen Hall, a "veteran of two years." (The Province, June 25, 1962) Diana McColl of Vancouver, was second, and Yvonne Bridge, third.




In September, 1963, the race organizers adopted a handicap system for the Powder Puff. Ordinarily, cars were rated by engine size and placed in classes. The Powder Puff had been a simple first to the finish line type of race. In this race, Karen Hall came first in a Porsche Carerra, usually raced by her husband. It far out performed the other cars, MGA's and TR3's. As a result Judith Alston, in her small-bore racer, was awarded first place due to the handicap against big-bore Porsche.
Unfortunately, during practice runs that day, Irene McKaig, was seriously hurt at Westwood's turn 3. Racing bites hard at times for men and women. The circuit and the sports cars do not discriminate.
In 1964 and years later, the Powder Puff label was hardly mentioned in news reports. Perhaps this was due to the decision to integrate women into whatever races their cars were eligible for. The 1963 accident may have been a factor, and perhaps the lobbying by women to be treated equally was modifying the attitude of organizers.

In October of 1964, Karen Hall was able to beat male driver Jann Helzer of Portland for the F-Class Conference championship. Also, more importantly, Hall, in 1968, became the first local
woman to race in a national event at Westwood in her Lotus Cortina sedan (#182). Progress had been made on the track.

Addendum:
Race: First news article on women's race at Westwood
(Vancouver Sun, June 25 and 27, 1960):
Entrants:
Ann Moore, nurse, Victoria (Winner)
Zelma Moore, Vancouver (Second)
Joan Goodridge, Burnaby (Third)
Dede McColl, Vancouver
Marg Horton, UBC student
Yvonne Bridge
Doris Ostlund
Glennis Godfrey
Joan Orr
Jean Saunders
Laureen Doherty
Pay Haywood
Fay Lee
Jay Hoyland
And two Seattle girls

#228 Frank S

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Posted 18 May 2004 - 02:46

In my middle and late teens I had a big crush on a Porsche Spyder driver. She was fast and congenial, and her marvelous smile graced many victory laps.

At the 13th Hila Sweet California Racers Reunion at Parnelli Jones' Torrance shop/museum there were several displays of photos from past reunions. Here's one from the year 2000:

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So, is she still the fastest woman on salt?

#229 Twin Window

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Posted 19 May 2004 - 17:26

Has anyone mentioned Heather Longhurst yet? She raced one of the 1975 works Alexis Mk 23 FF1600s when I worked there, as team mate to the returning Dick Barker.

I left largely on principle, as the practice at the time was for customers to part-ex their Mk 18 for a 'new' Mk 23. But in actual fact, their old cars were stripped down, sawn in half across the middle, several 18 (or so) inch sections of tubing were welded in between the two halves (by the part time welder who came in a couple of evenings a week) and then sent off to be shot blasted and stove enamelled. New bodywork was duly fitted and the customers took delivery of their 'new' chassis...

Disgraceful, and dangerous, practice - so I quit. Even the works cars were the same! Less than a fortnight after I left Heather crashed at Mallory, hit the bank and the chassis broke at the welds and went into her thigh.

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Posted 19 May 2004 - 18:21

I don't think anyone has mentioned Hannelore Werner yet. She featured in the European F2 Championship in the early 1970s.

#231 Twin Window

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Posted 19 May 2004 - 18:36

...or Gillian Fortescue-Thomas?

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#232 Rob29

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 06:57

Originally posted by jgm
I don't think anyone has mentioned Hannelore Werner yet. She featured in the European F2 Championship in the early 1970s.

She won a non championship F2 Eifelrennen on the Nordschleife in 1970. Reported to have been promised an F1 March for the next season but has not been heard of since.

#233 robert dick

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 08:35

Originally posted by Phil Harms
Another early woman driver was Elfrieda Mais, who barnstormed with her brother Johnny soon after WW1. Johnny drove at Indpls in 1915.


Elfrieda Mais :
http://winfield.50me...Jul1916west.htm
photo :
http://winfield.50me...ais_laplant.jpg

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 08:48

Originally posted by m.tanney

  Mrs. Victor Bruce was born Mildred May Easter Petre. She was a cousin of George Eyston.

Petre is an unusual surname. was she related to Kay Petre's husband by any chance?

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 09:36

Here is some on Liane Engeman.


http://homepage.mac....0Zandvoort.html

regards,

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#236 m.tanney

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Posted 21 May 2004 - 00:33

Originally posted by D-Type
Petre is an unusual surname. was she related to Kay Petre's husband by any chance?

  I wondered about that too, so I did a Google search. According to www.thepeerage.com:
  Mildred Mary Easter Petre (Mrs. Victor Bruce) was the great-granddaughter of William Henry Francis Petre, the 11th Baron Petre.
  Kathleen Coad Defries married Henry Aloyisius Petre. He was a great-grandson of the 11th Baron Petre.
  A common set of great-grandparents would make Mildred and Kay's husband second cousins.
  The Petres were a big old Catholic family. Those families tended to intermarry - they had little choice. So it's entirely possible that Mrs. Victor Bruce (they were later divorced, BTW) and Kay Petre were related, if only distantly (and by marriage, in Kay's case), to some of the other English Catholic motor racing nobles like Lord Hesketh or John Critchton-Stuart (aka Johnny Dumfries).

#237 Hugo Boecker

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Posted 22 May 2004 - 01:07

Originally posted by Rob29
She won a non championship F2 Eifelrennen on the Nordschleife in 1970. Reported to have been promised an F1 March for the next season but has not been heard of since.


sorry,
but she came 2nd in the Nürburgring GP F2 race. This race took place at the Nordschleife while the German GP was transfered to Hockenheim due to safty reasons.
Here are the results:

Preis von Deutschland
2 August 1970

1 Xavier Perrot March 702
2. hannelore Werner March 702
3. Alistair Walker Brabham BT 30
4. Brain Cullen Brabham BT23C
5. Graham Birell Brabham BT30
6. Derek Bell Brabham BT 30
7. Bernd Terbeck Brabham BT 23C

This race was her 1st Formula 2 race !

her the other results
30.08.1970 Mantorp Park 17. Eifelland March 702
11.10.1970 Hockenheim DNF Eifelland Brabham BT23C
25.10.1970 Neubiberg DNS Eifelland March 702
14.02.1971 Bogota 9. Eifelland March 702
21.02.1971 Bogota 15. Eifelland March 702
14.03.1971 Mallory Park 15. Eifelland March 712M
04.04.1971 Hockenheim 11. Eifelland March 712M
02.05.1971 Eifelrennen 15. Eifelland March 712M
16.05.1971 Jarama DNQ Eifelland March 712M
31.05.1971 Crystal Palace DNS Eifelland March 712M
20.06.1971 Monza 4. (in race for the six slowerst qualifieres)
27.06.1971 Rouen DNQ Eifelland March 712M
25.07.1971 Imola DNF Eifelland March 712M
08.08.1971 Mantorp Park 12. Eifelland March 712M
03.10.1971 Hockenheim DSQ Eifelland March 712M
11.06.1972 Hockenheim 13. Eifelland March 722

In summer 1972 the Eifelland team was disabanded so her F2 career ended Exept from her first F2 race the results were poor. In F3 she did a littlke bit better. 1971 won she won the Hohenloher Flugplatzrennen In 1979 she did another oneoff start in F3 at the Nürburgring.

so long

#238 Twin Window

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Posted 26 June 2004 - 18:23

Here's a few more names I've stumbled across in a 1971 copy of Autosprint...

Anita Liden - looks as if she may have done some NASCAR.

Mette Kruuse - seems she raced an Escort at Brands.

Cristine Beckers - raced Alfas.

Lee Breedlove - wife of Craig; clocked 496kph in Spirit of America in Novrember 1965.

Paula Murphy - drag racing, world speed record attempts, Indy and NASCAR :eek:

Della Woods - drag queen

And Liane Engeman was FIT in '71!! :love:

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#239 ian senior

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 09:53

Anyone remember "Valli"? She appeared in British production sports racing in the 70s and was, as I recall, not very good. She was launched in a blaze of publicity, as perhaps the idea of a female racing driver was quite a novelty to those who have never followed racing over the years. I saw her in the "paddock" at Rufforth, that Mecca of northern motor racing, after she had finished spinning her Midget several times in the race. Hate to introduce a note of sexism on here, but she was quite tasty. I have a feeling Chris Meek was in attendance, which will surprise no-one who knows of that man!

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#240 Twin Window

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 10:01

Yeah... rings a bell; I think I've met her and/or raced against her.

I put a little bit about Chris on the recent Token thread!

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#241 ian senior

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 10:08

Originally posted by Twin Window
Yeah... rings a bell; I think I've met her and/or raced against her.

I put a little bit about Chris on the recent Token thread!

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Saw it and smiled! Good bloke Chris Meek, despite the flash image he was a pretty mean driver and friendly and approachable too.

#242 Vitesse2

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 11:03

Originally posted by Twin Window
And Liane Engeman was FIT in '71!! :love:

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True ...

Originally posted by Vitesse2 in the Keith St John thread
Right - here are Ed's pictures. As the risk of being accused of sexism, I have to say that Miss Engemann is quite a cutie and certainly one of the best-looking lady racing drivers I've come across! Certainly knocks Violette Morriss into touch .... but then so would most women :rolleyes:

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 11:52

Nobody has mentioned Kara Hendrick. She was a very promising West Coast USAC Midget driver. She was also a total doll. I only met her once at Ventura. Shortly after that she got killed in her Midget. I gave this info to Muzza on the Speed's Ultimate Price thread. Last I checked it had not made his list yet but I know he said he was working on the backlog.
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Also not listed Kara Hendrick also from

http://www.chucko.co...len-heroes.html

Kara Hendrick, while not a sprint car driver, was a rising star of the USAC Western States midget series, and as quick and tenacious as any of her rivals. In 1991 (?) she hit the wall at Cajon Speedway in El Cajon, CA, while racing for the lead, and did not survive her injuries. I believe she was 19 years old at the time. I still miss you, Kara!


More from http://groups.yahoo....els/message/383

"Kara Hendrick - she's here because she impressed the hell out of me the one
time I saw her drive, she did not allow Vogler intimidate here, was only a
kid when she died, she also gets the nod as the most beautiful midget driver"
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And speaking of female drivers who got killed. There was a girl who got killed at the Road America June Sprints around 1997 ot 1998. I don't know her name but she spun her Mini Cooper and got nailed by a Corvette. I have Kathy Rude on video of an interview many years ago where she was talking about the "out of body" experience she had after her crash at Brainard. She was really messed up and had one of those near death experiences people claim to have.

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 12:09

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I wish I could find pics of Juliette Slaughter and Lorina Boughton from the '70s... :love:

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#245 VAR1016

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 12:18

Originally posted by dbw
another "from the back of my head somewhere"....what woman set a speed record in a three-wheel morgan where the mechanic wired the throttle wide open??anyone remember?i think it was in "morgan sweeps the board"[a definitive account of three wheelers in competition...but i've mislaid my copy..]


Gwenda Hawkes I think

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 12:30

Originally posted by ian senior
Anyone remember "Valli"?


Oh yes, she was a model (I don't know what of ) She was very much Chris Meek's protege.

Autosport printed a small B&W topless photo (in the best possibe taste ! ) of her by the side of the lake at Mallory.

In the 70's as I was towing my Mini home, on the single carriageway road between Snetterton & Thetford , we were often passed By Chris Meek in his metallic gold Corniche convertible "CM 1" top down , sun glasses, with female companion with very yellow hair (different one each weekend naturally) at great speed leaving us in a cloud of dust !

Still he was actually a very good club driver, and he did save and secure Mallory Park . .....And Valli, - yes she was lovely.

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 14:10

'Valli' was quite a quick driver; held a class lap record at Mallory Park at one time.
Kara Hendrick is remembered here with a plaque on my wall. I believe she was hoping to move into 'proper' motor racing.Did one race in the US version of Sports 2000.
I have photos of both Juliette Slaughter and Lorina Boughton,sorry no means of posting them at present. In fact I was part of Lorina's pit crew when she ran in Pat Longhurst's Davrian GT all female team,with Julie Thwaites.

#248 Frank S

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 19:20

From a 1960 Pomona Fairground SCCA race, 89K file, photos of woman racers. More of the program at Pomona November 1960. This racing event was run in continual rain, unusual in Southern California, and a real test for corner workers as well as drivers. The program carries a half-page advertisement for the USGP at Riverside, as well as evidence of the wetness of the weekend.

I saw Ginny Sims at the Bothwell Bash a couple-three weeks ago. She still looks good. Another, Ruth Levy, not on the page, was looking good there, too. Sunnie Baker is part of the Baker racing family, and is featured on their site, along with period photos of Phil Hill, Richie Ginther, Lance Reventlow, Ken Miles, Sam Hanks, EFR the elder, and many others.

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Posted 28 June 2004 - 19:28

Originally posted by Twin Window


I wish I could find pics of Juliette Slaughter and Lorina Boughton from the '70s... :love:

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Or what about "Valli" who drove for Chris Meek in ProdSports ? WOWEE!!!

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#250 Rob29

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Posted 29 June 2004 - 07:30

Originally posted by Frank S
From a 1960 Pomona Fairground SCCA race, 89K file, photos of woman racers. More of the program at Pomona November 1960. This racing event was run in continual rain, unusual in Southern California, and a real test for corner workers as well as drivers. The program carries a half-page advertisement for the USGP at Riverside, as well as evidence of the wetness of the weekend.

I saw Ginny Sims at the Bothwell Bash a couple-three weeks ago. She still looks good. Another, Ruth Levy, not on the page, was looking good there, too. Sunnie Baker is part of the Baker racing family, and is featured on their site, along with period photos of Phil Hill, Richie Ginther, Lance Reventlow, Ken Miles, Sam Hanks, EFR the elder, and many others.

Thanks Frank! 11 more not previously heard of for my database of nearly 1000 female racers. Was this a ladies only race,or were that many women regularly racing in SCCA in 1960? Sorry can't read the programs print on my screen.