Posted 29 April 2007 - 15:52
She was a lovely lady, brave beyond words and will be dreadfully missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
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Posted 30 April 2007 - 01:34
I met her only a few times, a very brave Lady, she always had a smile and time for a chat when she must have been living in pain.
Howden is a Gentleman of the old school and our thoughts are with him in this sad time.
God Bless you Judy,
Posted 01 May 2007 - 06:49
So, Howden, if you are keeping an eye on us, you can have no idea how many people have rung or e mailed and all want to do something to celebrate the life of a very brave lady.
I'm supposed to be the 'good ideas' department but at the moment, I must admit to very little inspiration, but there is time to think, so that we can get it right.
If anyone else wants to post their thoughts I know they would be most welcome.
Posted 01 May 2007 - 13:29
I don't know what else to say.
Posted 01 May 2007 - 17:57
An excellent student in school, Judy attended prestigious Stanford University before taking up sports car racing in the mid-1960s with the SCCA. She successfully raced both Sprites and Mini-Coopers until 1971 in the San Francisco Region. Among her accomplishments were being voted Women Racer of the Year by the California Motorsports Press Association and finishing first in class and nineteenth overall with co-drivers Janet Guthrie and Rosemary Smith at the 1970 Sebring 12 hours.
After retiring from driving, she accepted an invitation from Patty McLaren and traveled to Europe to attend the GPs with the McLaren F1 Team. Before long, Judy was assisting with timing/scoring where she exhibited an amazing ability to accurately time up to twenty cars with a single stop watch. On many occasions, Judy’s timing charts were used by other teams and drivers to compare their times against those of the race organizers. With her reputation as a timer growing, Judy embarked on a long career providing administrative support to major racing teams. These included (Chris) Amon Engines Ltd; LeMans with Matra (1972); BRM F1, Williams F1, Gulf in the Sports Car World Championships; Gelo Racing at Nurburgring 1000km, LeMans and Interseries; Verb Schuppan’s CanAm Team at Laguna Seca and Riverside (1980).
Along the way Judy became involved with race car engineering and between 1984 and 1987 she assisted various Group C teams with technical advice along with timing and lap charting. She returned to LeMans several more times in the 1980’s performing her flawless timing duties for several teams and co-managed one of the Schuppan Porsche 1962s in 1990. Besides her on-track advice, Judy gained considerable experience in aerodynamics and was involved in several wind-tunnel programs.
For a time Judy was a leading light in the famous “Doghouse Club”, a motor racing ladies club which raised large amounts of money for charity principally through a cabaret evening held in London. As well as singing and dancing in the cabarets, Judy served as Treasurer and then Chairman for several years.
For recreation Judy enjoyed golf, horseback riding and fly-fishing. Along with Howden,she was a member of the Blackhawk (Calif) and Maidenhead (UK) golf clubs. At Maidenhead Judy was the first American elected Ladies Captain and led the club teams in competitive play winning numerous honors.
Having traveled the world and made countless friends along the way, Judy’s zest for life, sense of humor and charm will be missed by the ones closest to her as well as anyone who had the good fortune to make her acquaintance.
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Posted 01 May 2007 - 21:31
Judy had a tough time dealing with that one and this was a bad memory for many years.
Posted 01 May 2007 - 23:53
When they were in NZ in 1991 Judy had a drive around Pukekohe in my MK 1 Mini Cooper which must have brought back some fond memories for her.
Our thoughts and love are with Howden right now.
Posted 02 May 2007 - 06:50
I'll keep you posted as of course it would be great to get as many people as possible.
I love the previous posts. Just what is needed.
Posted 02 May 2007 - 21:23
Howden and Judy must have joined us almost straight from the plane, having only arived in NZ a few hours previously.
It was a very last minute invite for them and we were delighted that they were able to cast aside the jet lag and travel wariness to join us.
Having read the thread thus far, and in particular Gary's posting, I had no idea that Judy had remained so active in motorsport after she herself had stoped competing. So often we learn about a person only after they are gone. And that is a great shame.
My sincerest condolences to Howden through this terrible time. We are always here and Judy will not be forgotten.
Posted 02 May 2007 - 21:42
Posted 03 May 2007 - 09:32
Thank you posting that great picture.
Sylvia reminds me that you taught her to twirl a baton way back in 197? for the Doghouse Cabaret!
I hope you know that all the thought and feeling expressed here go to you and all of Judy's family as well as to Howden.
Posted 04 May 2007 - 22:34
John and Sandra Fitzpatrick
Posted 05 May 2007 - 08:50
BTW: Although it is a sad occasion we should heartily welcome John Fitzpatrick to this forum. Let's hope Fitz will stay here and tell us about his rich racing life.
JUDITH WOOD GANLEY 26 June 1939 - 27 April 2007 Resident of Blackhawk, CA Judy Ganley, beloved wife of Howden Ganley, devoted sister of John B. (Bindy) Wood, Jr. and Edwin K. (Mary) Wood II, adored mother of Erin K. (Tom) Pritchett and Eric J. (Camie) Kondratieff and grandmother of Nicki, Austen, Andrew and Alex Pritchett, passed away peacefully in her home with her husband and children at her bedside after a courageous nine-year battle against cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, John Belden Wood, Sr., her mother, Marian Singer Wood, and her brother, Ralph S. Wood. A native of Oakland, Judy graduated at the top of her class from Anna Head School for Girls in 1957 then attended Stanford University, where she met her first husband, Serguey Kondratieff, whom she married in 1958. Together, they took up amateur motor racing, competing at such venues as Sears Point and Laguna Seca. After their divorce in 1969, Judy became a success on the women's professional racing circuit with teammates such as Janet Guthrie. She frequently traveled to England, where she met the love of her life, Grand Prix driver Howden Ganley of New Zealand, to whom she has been very happily married for nearly 32 years. They made their home in England from 1975 to 1999, after which they moved permanently to Blackhawk. Though she retired from competitive driving in 1971, Judy remained involved in various aspects of motor racing for many years, providing extensive administrative support to major racing teams and, later, to Howden's TIGA racecar factory in England. She also devoted her acting, singing and leadership talents for many years to the Doghouse Club, whose annual cabaret extravaganzas raised considerable funds for a variety of charitable foundations. A talented athlete, Judy enjoyed and excelled at golf, winning many prestigious amateur tournaments along the way. She was elected Ladies Captain of the Maidenhead Golf Club, the only non-U.K. woman ever to hold that position. She also loved outdoor activities such as fly-fishing and horseback riding, especially in the company of her family. Judy was an adventurer and traveler who enjoyed learning new things and experiencing new places; she also enjoyed making new friends as well as cultivating the old ones. We love her for her charm and quick wit, her thoughtful generosity and her gracious treatment of everyone around her. We deeply admire her quiet courage and inspirational example of the past nine years, for she never failed to get the most out of life despite her illness. For all these reasons, and for many more besides, Judy will be greatly missed, not only by her loved ones, but also by her many friends around the world whose wonderful tributes and heartfelt messages of condolence have been a great comfort to her family. Memorial services will be held at Blackhawk and in England. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Judy Ganley to either the East Bay SPCA at http://www.eastbaysp...ndmemorials.cfm or to The Wheelchair Foundation, P.O. Box 2545, Danville, CA 94526. Wilson & Kratzer - Danville 925-820-2999
Published in the Oakland Tribune on 5/2/2007.
Posted 06 May 2007 - 03:54
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Here are three additional photos of Judy Ganley from the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring. In the top picture
Judy is at the far right with Janet Guthrie, chief mechanic Billy Cook (hat & glasses) and team co-owner Bobby Rinzler (on left). The four were discussing practice lap times.
The middle photo is the Baker Racing/Ring Free Motor Oil LeMans Sprite Prototype raced by Ganley, Guthrie and Smith. According to Billy Cook, this car was absolutely bulletproof and ran the whole 12 Hours without a problem. In fact, after the race, the car was driven from Sebring back to the Atlanta new car showroom of Fred Baker and put on display...race grime and all. At last report, this car was in the U.S., undergoing a complete restoration along with the Sprite roadster that was also in this race.
For Judy Ganley racing the Sprite was a bit of learning curve as she had never raced a right-hand drive/left-hand shift car before; she was three to four inches shorter than her co-drivers and she had never raced at night before. None-the-less, she completed her driving shifts as scheduled and enjoyed the teams success. The following year, she was invited back by Baker Racing as a reserve driver for the teams Chevron B-16 but the car blew an engine on the second lap so she was unable to drive in the race.
The bottom pictures is a publicy photo of the all-women team. From left to right: Judy Ganley, Janet Guthrie, Sharlene Seavey (reserve driver, did not race) and Rosemary Smith.
Posted 07 May 2007 - 01:57
Posted 07 May 2007 - 02:35
From the initial picture posted by BT8, there are a couple of visual clues to work with:
1. The car, #26C, looks similar to but is not a BMC FJr. Shock mount, trailing arms, dual carbs and wheels are not correct. In the background is what appears to be a Formula Vee, partial (?) number 8.
2. The venue is most likely the Port of Stockton (CA).
3. Having a FV and Formula C car on the same grid indicates a mixed grid of formula cars.
Looking through my race programs for Port of Stockton, the June 12-13, 1965 event shows a Regional race on Saturday with FV, FJr. and Formula C cars. #26C, described as an MBM, the driver was listed as one Dave Hemminger and the white FV was #81. So, this nifty looking Formula C looks like it could be BMC or perhaps Cosworth powered with dual side-draft Webber carbs, American Racing Wheels and perhaps a modified FJr. body of unknown origin.
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Posted 08 May 2007 - 06:59
I hope you are OK..... well as OK as you can be under the circumstances.
You know your mother had some pretty whacky friends.... I shall name no names but you know who you are! and I keep getting telephone calls from some about the celebration of Judy's life on July 4th [everyone, please keep the date free, it's the Wednesday before the British Grand prix, so no excuse not to be here]
Is there any chance you will be over for it? and please can we use some of the photographs you posted for a souvenir thing.
I have spoken to Mike, who sounds very organised and we really do want to get it right.... but that Mini Cooper S's colour is going to be hard to copy!
You know by now how we all feel, so once again, love to you all
Posted 08 May 2007 - 19:04
Now we learned today that our great friend German Lotus expert and Historic F2 racer Richard Spelberg has also died of cancer. All this on the anniversary of the day I was one of the few witnesses to Gilles accident.
Jeez, why is it always the good guys ?
RIP all of you.
Posted 09 May 2007 - 05:31
I learnt of her timekeeping prowess from Howden and the idea was hatched to write a story about the 1973 Canadian Grand Prix - but from an expert timekeepers point of view, albeit one married to one of the people that might have/could have won that day.
A few days after the lunch and I'm interviewing this glamouress, and clearly very intelligent, lady about one of the more controversial results in F1 history. Judy's recall was crystal clear 30 yrs on which made putting the whole thing together a real breeze for me.
We next saw Judy and Howden last July when visiting San Francisco. I have already expressed my condolences privately to Howden but would like to use this forum to join with the others in saying to Eric and Erin that a lot of us are thinking of you all.
Thank you for the photos - just superb.
Posted 10 May 2007 - 08:51
Judy's long fight defied all the odds and was a testament to her determination and strength. How lucky she was to have the unstinting efforts of a devoted husband to fight it with, head on. There is nothing Judy couldn't have accomplished - she was a very successful racing driver, golfer, talented artist, tennis player, skiier, water skiier and artist - just to mention a few. Her friends and family have been robbed of an intelligent, fun loving person with a sharp wit and a sincere interest in the lives of those around her. Howden has been robbed of his soul mate.
Posted 10 May 2007 - 20:05
I worked with Judy for several years in Womans Motor Racing Associates Club, more affectionately known as The Doghouse Club.
The Doghouse raised large amount of money for charity each year and the Doghouse Ball held at The London Hilton , Park Lane gave the sell out crowd of racing drivers, friends and family a huge amount of pleasure on the night.
In fact it was Howden and Judy who took us to our first Doghouse Ball and when I saw the wonderful cabaret and the fantastic tap dancing that the committee and members did; I said to Judy “I’m going to join this club, learn to tap dance and do that cabaret. “I remember it as if it were yesterday. It is exactly what I did and at the time had no idea that it would lead to so many years of fun and laughter with Judy and other members.
Judy helped and supported me when I took on the role of Chairman when she stepped down I remember her fondly and will miss her smiley face but carry many happy memories of the times we shared.
I was fortunate to play in several of the Howden and Judy’s Golf days at Maidenhead – we all knew this was supposed to be a one off but due to Judy’s resilience and determination along with both Howden and Judy’s generosity it became an annual affair until 2005!!
The Howden and Judy’s Golf day towel dated 8th July 2004 is still proudly attached to my golf bag.
Did Judy ever raise her voice or get angry – we never saw it – always dependable, never complaining and so supportive; particularly when our eldest son James was a member of the BRDC Young Driver Programme racing in British Formula Renault and F3.
Our thoughts are with you Howden, Erin , Eric and all other family members.
Love, Karen and Jeremy
Posted 11 May 2007 - 09:19
It was a great catch up with Pete Kerr (who sadly lost his life the day after Judy ), Ross, Howden, Brian Innes and myself being the four drivers as well as John Muller and wife, and most importantly the Sponsor of the Team Ivan Segedin.
Judy’s passion for golf was obvious when upon discovering I was keen to play but did not have any golf clubs she immediately decided I should have the bag and clubs she had in her car. A fantastic gesture and something to cherish - this sums Judy up for me – a beautiful, intelligent lady.
We were later delighted that they joined us at our home (after a round of golf at our local Warkworth Club) for another memorable dinner with Ross and Hazel Jensen and Paul and Susie-Jane Stitchbury.
Our thoughts are with you Howden – you have certainly lost a wonderful friend and wife.
Posted 12 May 2007 - 02:49
It has taken me too long to come to terms with Judy's death after her long battle with cancer. Maybe it's because it was hard for me to put into words what I think Howden must be feeling. Which is no excuse if words are supposed to be my business.
Howden and Judy just seemed to be the perfect couple in motorsport and maybe that's because their relationship wasn't the normal sort of motorsport Mr and Mrs. For Judy it wasn't any sort of hero worship that put them together and for Howden it wasn't any sort of trophy conquest. They were them.
I met Judy towards the end of her racing career in her own right when we were in the States on the CanAm series and Howden was the ideal man for her to have met. They were both real racing people as opposed to poseurs and it was a mutual appreciation liason from which a love grew. They were true team-mates, best friends and such a great couple.
That's also why they suffered together as Judy fought her illness. She was one great lady and my thoughts are with Howden in his loss.
Posted 14 May 2007 - 13:18
One was immediately struck by her quiet confidence and competitive spirit mixed with a caring and geniune personality. She was also a shrewd judge of human nature.
We have many happy memories of social events in the UK, and examples of Ganley hospitality. An example of this were the Motorsport-versus-Golfers private golf days at Maidenhead when they gathered together interesting personalities for golf and a splendid lunch to which non golfers like me were included.
A highlight was a week we spent on holiday at their home at Blackhawk in August 2005 and we have a happy photo of us on the summit of Mount Diablo, a favourite venue of Judy's.
Despite the onset of cancer nearly eight years ago she fought bravely against the increasingly debilating illness with ferocious courage. Howden's constant support never diminished. Their joint effort is an outstanding example to us all.
We will miss many aspects of this special intelligent and loving person. Not least of which was that delightful slightly crooked smile, followed by a comment full of dry humour!
Thank you, Judy, for your friendship.
Michael and Joy MacDowel.
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That was my last cabaret for a while but Judy went on to appear in 1981, missed 1983, back again in 1985 and 1987. 1989 was the last one I can find. The ball in 1991 was in memory of Eba Grant, the most loved Hon. Sec of the Doghouse and Judy was at the helm of the club, chairman, secretary and all I believe. I came back to do the cabaret but I didn't see much of Judy as she was not at rehearsals. The cabarets and pantomimes were a strong bond between those who did them. and I must say thet Judy was a joy to work with as, if you asked her to put on something ghastly and go out and do something silly she would [see above] without a protest.
[I just love this thread]
Posted 19 May 2007 - 03:16
Some of her attributes that you have mentioned and that were my favorites include: her competitiveness, combined with an innate sense of fairness and a natural humility (it was not in her nature to brag about her achievements); and her hilarious wit, combined with an ability to laugh at herself. Not surprisingly, sharing our favorite funny stories about Mom, those which she found funny as well, is the best therapy for us, as it rekindles the simple joy we felt when spending time with her.
Something else comes to mind that I have not seen mentioned here yet: Mom was an astute student of human nature which, given her genuine interest in others, meant that she could be a truly wise counselor when you needed one; I often did, and was very grateful for Mom's constant love, support and motivating example, albeit from afar (my wife, Camie, and I live in PA, not CA, unfortunately, and we deeply regret that we could not be in CA once Mom and Howden moved there permanently).
It seems paradoxical that the person who needed our love and support was often the one offering love and support to *us* in double measure, but that was Mom. She always seemed to be more concerned about her family and friends than about herself, and only shared news about her condition with those who asked. It has been said on this thread that Howden is a gentleman of the old school, and that is true. It should also be said that Mom was a lady of the old school as well, one who exemplified courage with dignity, and grace with warmth and compassion up to the end. A true inspiration.
We will all miss her terribly; I miss her every day.