Posted 19 May 2007 - 14:46
One of our everlasting party memories was at one of Vern Schuppans major parties where she convincingly won the ladies crème caramel hands free contest and joined the rest of us wearing the coaches fabric seat headrests as headgear!.
A competitor in so many aspects of life, her incredible battle with adversity will stand as an entirely appropriate memorial to a remarkable, funny and endlessly caring person. We both consider ourselves very privileged to have know Judy as a friend.
Ann & Sean
Posted 19 May 2007 - 14:54
Judy's father married Clint's mother, making them step-brother & sister.
Posted 21 May 2007 - 09:47
Mention has been made of her driving: Gosh, we did wind her up about her Sebring exploits over the years, her golf and her organizational skills: Judy put together an unforgettable surprise cabaret and song adaptation for my fiftieth celebration. So far, the continual search to create the best Chicken prir piri recipe has not come up. Judy's version was spicy and special and with Howden on the barbeque, one of the best
When people around her had their own problems, Judy always had time to offer her own brand of helpful, if sanguine, advice which would be delivered with dry wit and her unique sense of humour.
A lovely lady
John and Lesley
Posted 21 May 2007 - 15:02
The last time I saw Judy was when she was racing her Mini-Cooper. I was working trackside communications at turn four during an SCCA race at Laguna Seca. Judy had rolled her Mini in turn four and it was spinning like a top on its roof.
Judy was always smiling and friendly. One of the things we used to tease her about was the number of times she changed clothes during a race week-end. Sometimes, we saw 6 or 8 outfits a day and that was just at the track--I'm sure she changed again in the evening. She was always a favorite with the turn workers because she was so friendly and easy to talk with. There was never any of this "me Driver, you worker" attitude with Judy. She was able to poke fun at herself: she always said she walked like a truck driver.
I remember one weekend when I was working a turn at Cotati and we had oil on the track. Judy came through our turn very carefully, and at the end of the day I commented to her that she'd really been tip-toeing in Turn 2, her comment was, "I hate Turn 2 and I hate oil."
God speed, my friend. Mary Lou
Posted 21 May 2007 - 20:22
These two photos of Judy were taken 33 years apart. When her team, McMillian Ring Free Oil comprised of Judy, Janet Guthrie and Rosemary Smith, won their class at the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring, a celebration ensued in their paddock. That is Judy taking a drink of the bubbly with Janet on her left and Rosemary on the right. 33 years later, a recreation was held in London with some friends after an article appeared in a vintage race magazine chronicling Judy and her teammates exploits a Sebring...and a good time was had by all...at both celebrations.
Posted 22 May 2007 - 04:22
Chairman of the Doghouse Owners Club, is presenting a check for the fundraising
proceeds to Sir Frank Williams and his wife Ginny. Eba Grant is behind mom, and
Karen Rossiter is the second from the right. Mom had known Frank from the days
when Howden drove for him and she did the timing and lap-charting for the team.
Posted 22 May 2007 - 17:53
The above photos were taken of Judy during her SCCA days in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Besides racing a Sprite and Mini-Cooper (pictured here, leading a pack of other cars), she was the San Francisco Region's treasurer, secretary, a driving instructor and Asst. Chief Driver Observer. The photo of Judy driving and MGB was taken at Sears Point (now Infineon Raceway) in 1970 during a publicity shoot for a local San Francisco television station.
Posted 22 May 2007 - 18:18
I didn't get involved with the Region until 1975-1976. I'm just curious, "When did Judy stop racing?"
Posted 22 May 2007 - 19:57
Ganley F1 car was built (in 1973/4) and then the first 21 Tiga cars were built in 1976/7.
Tiga moved to Caversham in 1977 ( took over the ex-Amon and Fittipaldi workshops ).
Posted 22 May 2007 - 22:57
While Judy stopped racing with the SF Region at the end of 1970, she did go to the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1971 as a reserve driver for the Ring Free Oil Team. Unfortunately, the team car lasted only one lap so she never had a chance to race. However, as Howden says, "Judy never really left racing" as she participated in a few celebrity races when she first went to England in the early 1970's and a few more special days organized by the BRDC. Her involvement with race teams thereafter lasted another twenty years.
Posted 25 May 2007 - 20:03
Her life ended too soon; however we will cherish the few years of friendship we had together. We will truly miss her vivacious spirit. She is now resting in peace.
Good bye to a true friend.
Bob & Olga Arabian
Posted 26 May 2007 - 07:19
Simone Grant [daughter of Gregor and Eba] who took lots of the photographs, and I are going to put together a photo montage of Judy'd greatest hits..... or should that be, Judy wearing some really strange stuff and doing silly things..... which I must say, she did very well. We are also going to plant a tree in the autumn, Simone and I are both fanatical tree planters! we thought a copper beech, or maybe a copper flowering cherry, the discussion continues. The post above made me wonder about a plum but I'm not sure if she was a plum tree?
I would like to thank everyone who has posted here. I think it has been a really great tribute.
Posted 28 May 2007 - 06:53
Posted 28 May 2007 - 07:13
1. Sandra and I played with Howden and Judy at the BRDC Golf Day at Nigel Mansell's Woodbury Park. We all managed to collect prizes from Nigel!
2. Another photo from Woodbury Park. It rained most of the day but that did not deter Judy. She was not thrilled about using a cart there. She liked to walk.
3. Howden and Judy present Sandra with a prize at their Maidenhead Golf Day. I think we all received a prize of some sort. Plenty of wine if I remember correctly.
4. The hosts.
5. Silverstone Historic Festival 2002.
6. House hunting with Howden and Judy in Blackhawk.
Posted 28 May 2007 - 18:45
"Dear Erin, Great to see all the wonderful tributes to your very talented Mum on the Atlas Bulletin Board, not to mention the stunning photos. All our shows were special but our Silver Jubilee Ball in 1987 was a real humdinger when your Mum was Chairman and the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane was bursting at the seams with over 1,000 guests. (I'm wrapped around dear Frank in the photo!), Exactly ten years ago in June Loti nagged me into finally writing it all down and my book was printed with any profits to go to our Benevolent Fund. It is called 'Doghouse Girls Have a Lot of Balls' which indeed they have and I know your Mum bought a copy so when you find it you will see just how talented she was. There's some great photos in it too. She performed in all but one cabaret from 1975 to 1989 plus the pantomime in 1978. She was also a very clever lyricist and was the voice over in a rap number in 1991, perfect with her American accent. I have only one precious copy left so hope you will find it eventually. I still have my silver baton as a reminder of the fun we had in the circus number in 1979.
Posted 29 May 2007 - 17:17
Howden, Erin, Erik- I am so sorry for your loss. Judy had so many friends, and I am glad I was one of them.
Posted 29 May 2007 - 19:51
Posted 30 May 2007 - 01:17
Well said, and I feel the same way. I never met Judy, and only saw Howden race once or twice, but all the touching stories about Judy make me wish that I had known her. A wonderful lady.
Originally posted by JacnGille
I never met Judy and only watched Howden race a few times on TV but after readin all the wonderful stories and tributes I feel as if I actually knew her and thus have lost a great friend. And this world is a little richer from her efforts.
Posted 01 June 2007 - 16:31
I happened to be at the golf club on the day the news of her untimely death broke. The last time I saw such shock, grief and a sense of bewilderment was in 1997, when Britain lost a member of its royal family. That underlines the love and respect that the members had for this brave lady.
Judy had accomplished so much in her life, yet because of her modesty one had to search to recognise her achievements. Self promotion was not in her nature yet she had so much of which to be proud. In our world of golf she was a fine player, a fearsome competitor and a very popular captain of the Maidenhead ladies section.
Judy was one of the bravest people I have ever met. Diagnosed nine years ago with an illness that would inevitably claim her and given a short time only to live, she refused to capitulate. I believe that her determination, a positive attitude and a blind refusal to give up probably bought her several extra years of quality life.
I will always remember when a couple of years ago I went through an operation for cancer from which realistically I was always expected to recover, Judy called me, geed me up and gave me the JG lecture on achieving and maintaining a positive mental attitude.
Judy Ganley was the epitome of all that is good in a human being and will be sorely missed by all her friends and family. She was a doughty fighter and a remarkable lady.
May she rest in peace.
Posted 01 June 2007 - 17:40
and this one was at Mallory Park circuit in England when a statue of John
Surtees was unveiled, in honor of John's successes there on two wheels
Judy loved to catch up with old friends from around the world at
these events , and here she is with Sir Jack and Lady Margaret Brabham.
As a happy and positive person Judy usually wore brightly colored clothes.
Mary Lou Robson's post refers to Judy's clothing changes.
Posted 04 June 2007 - 06:50
Judy and Denny were both involved in "The Readings", which are part of CanAm racing folk-lore. These took place in the Gulf motorhome on the morning of each CanAm race in 1971, when Judy read from the Penthouse Forums to a small group of drivers, and they responded with their comments. They were hilarious sessions. Denny loved them. Jackie Oliver recently retold the story in the March 2007 issue of Vintage Racecar magazine.
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Posted 05 June 2007 - 07:14
Posted 05 June 2007 - 14:28
I remember those Penthouse Forums, they were pretty outrageous. Oh! To be a fly on the wall in one of those sessions. I'm smiling just thinking about it.
Posted 05 June 2007 - 20:17
I joined the Doghouse Club around 1988 ( so a relatively recent recruit in the history of the club!) and remember her as a lady not only with a sense of fun ,but someone with great style, poise, and dignity.It is amazing to read of her many achievements in the world of motor racing- feats of which her family justifiably can be proud.
I send my condolences to Howden, Erin and Eric.
Dr. Fiona Gilroy.
Please may I respectfully ask other Doghouse members who may read this to get in touch with me to discuss a fitting tribute.
Posted 06 June 2007 - 06:51
Are you aware of the celebration of Judy's life on July 4th? send me a private message if you want details.
Also the Old Doghouse friends are having a lunch at Brooklands in September and with donations are buying a tree for Maidenhead Golf Club in Judy's memory, the surplus will go to a charity of the Howden's choice. again, send me a private message for details.
Posted 11 June 2007 - 06:12
Wish we could be in London with you at this time but we will remember Judy as a brave and stoic lady and reading about her racing exploits made her a special lady.
Obviously strong willed to survive the prognosis given nine years ago.
We will remember when you both came to NZfor the BRDCdinner and the Motordrome reunion in 2002-playing golf and Judy never mentioned how sick she was. Her emails were always full of life and pleasant things you were both doing.
You have always been a good friend of mine even though we have been in different countries-our thoughts are with you at this time.
ross & Paula greenville
Posted 11 June 2007 - 16:50
Originally posted by Dennis Marwood
We have wonderful memories of Judy and Howden being at the Motordrome Racing Team Reunion on 16 February 2002 held at Ross & Paula Greenville’s “Puerta del Sol” a perfect venue - a luxury golfing retreat at Mt Maunganui.
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.
Here is a picture of Pete Kerr, Judy, and Ivan Segedin at the above-mentioned Motordrome Reunion...
Posted 13 June 2007 - 00:06
timed and charted in Formula One in the early 70's and then in Group C in
the 1980's. She had that incredible ability to time a large number of cars
on one watch, and to keep a lap chart at Le Mans without a break for the
whole 24 hours. That takes enormous stamina. Here she is on the pit timing
desk during practice at Le Mans.
Posted 18 June 2007 - 04:45
Originally posted by T54
It's also good to remind people that Judy also purchased a car for the promising Bart Martin to race, a Brabham sports car previously owned by Robs Lamplough. After Grizzly Engineering transplanted a Ford 289ci V8 (like a Cobra engine) and reinforced the frame, Bart ran the car in two races at Cotati, then had his fateful day at Candlestick Park in October 1965 when while hounding Jim Hall for the lead of the race, he lost control of the car and slammed a concrete berm. The emergency services were rather poor that day and he died in the car, burned to death. They could not get the fire out and the thing burned to the ground.
Judy had a tough time dealing with that one and this was a bad memory for many years.
Judy had purchased the car from Robs Lamplough minus the 2-litre Climax engine, after he had raced it in the West Coast sports car races. It was actually the first ever BT8 - chassis SC-1-64 and had been owned by Bill Knight ( father of Mike and Richard Knight of Winfield Racing fame ) and it had been driven by his friend and fellow record breaker, Arthur Owen, in Malaysia.
After Bart Martin's accident, which was deemed to have been caused by the breakage of a non-Brabham made part, Judy wanted nothing more to do with the car. However after almost 30 years ( it took that long to heal the emotional scars ) she was approached by Pierre de Lespinay who had discovered that a good number of parts from the car were still in existence and so she agreed that he could rebuild it, with them sharing ownership. The first person to race the rebuilt Brabham was, very appropriately, Robs Lamplough when he drove it at Laguna Seca.
The BT8 has subsequently been sold and was back racing in England at Goodwood in 2005. It was supposed to have a plaque on the instrument panel detailing its history and ownership, but I don't know if it actually does.
Posted 18 June 2007 - 17:07
Originally posted by Nicki Dalton
... Grant and I have special memories of times shared with Howden and Judy in the UK and also in NZ. Although Howden is my brother, spending time with Howden and Judy was always time spent with great friends and the opportunity for Grant and I to indulge our passion for motorsport, and for Howden and Judy to enjoy following yacht racing. Grant and Judy always really enjoyed each other's company. Both self disciplined and competitive, they had a lot of respect for each other and I know as a lover of speed, how much Judy loved her blast down the Northland coast in NZ with Grant, in a fast chase boat. She was soaked but grinning from ear to ear.
This is Judy and Howden sailing on San Francisco bay in the late 70's. The motor racing connection is that the yacht belonged to Dan Simpson, a well-known and very successful driver in Sports 2000, always in one of Howden's Tigas. Howden has sailed from the time he was a small child and liked to take Judy out on the water at any opportunity. Judy was a big supporter of Nicki's husband Grant Dalton, and particularly admired his successes in sailing. She would be so proud to see how he has led the New Zealand America's Cup team to victory in the Louis Vuitton and would be cheering the team on when they start their challenge for the Cup in Valencia on June 23rd.
Posted 20 June 2007 - 00:55
These six ladies, Sylvia Davis, Loti Irwin, Jean Johnson, Anne Kimpton, Cate Russel and Georgie Shaw produced the book entitled “Racey Recipes” and gave all the profits to UNICEF.
On the occasion of the 1999 British Grand Prix a special limited edition was commissioned for the BRDC by then Club Secretary, Howden Ganley, and it was given as a table gift at the annual Grand Prix dinner.
Among the many contributors to the book was Judy Ganley with three recipes. For the ‘celebration of the life of Judy’ on June 3rd at Blackhawk one of Judy’s recipes ‘Louisiana Pecan Pie’ was commissioned by Jim and Mary Ashworth and Bill and Julie Dormandy on behalf of a group of motor racing enthusiasts known as “The East Bay Lunch Bunch” and after the chef had produced a large number of pies they wee served with coffee following the function.
The sign posted here was displayed to signify the connection to Judy.
This Pecan Pie was one of Judy’s specialties and she regularly baked several for the family at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“Racey Recipes” sold in large numbers and is now a collector’s item.
Posted 20 June 2007 - 06:17
Yes, a collector's item now, [except for the box full in my garage!] the BRDC ones are even more so as we printed a limited number as give aways at the Grand Prix dinner.
Posted 20 June 2007 - 09:04
Posted 20 June 2007 - 09:54
When we asked Judy for her favourite receipe she came back with pages of things, always so enthusiastic! the old Doghouse had thought about doing a cook book but never got past the discussion stage. She was a little taken a back when I explained that I had no interest in cooking, Georgie and Ann and Jean are the cooks, I just do the ideas! [like this thread?] But she was cetainly very knowledgable about cooking so I think it was a really nice gesture for her receipe to be used at the celebration.
We are doing a lunch on September 12th at the Brooklands Museum, [no remarks about museum pieces please] If any one would like to come the tickets are £25 plus a donation to go towards a tree to be planted in Judy's memory this autumn. Just send me a private message. Throwing caution to the winds we are inviting men too! [what ever next?] [[and no, this is not a Doghouse event]]
Posted 20 June 2007 - 18:23
Beyond these recipes I hardly knew Judy's name before this thread started, but I've been very moved reading all the contributions about her, and would have loved to have known her.
Thank you Judy (and Loti).
Posted 21 June 2007 - 09:08
Thanks LOTI i will sent you my details on your PM.....I never meet Judy but i guess i may have seen her in the Pits at some track many moon ago. My wife name is JUDY and she love cooking..
Posted 21 June 2007 - 09:27
They are in the post. If you would like to give a donation to your favourite local charity or in this case a cancer research one or motor racing marshalls...... or whatever!
and Tim, you are very welcome.
Posted 22 June 2007 - 17:56
I have been fortunate enough to have met Judy and Howden several times in the succeeding years and they were inevitably memorable encounters-even when her health was deteriorating,she retained the same-charming and humourous,always remembering names and with an uncanny knack of engaging with people such that the least significant person at the gathering felt like one of the most important.
Until I read the other tributes and the biography on this site,I had little idea of the full scale of her accomplishments and the breadth of her talents,but somehow they came as no surprise,nor that she was too modest to ever talk about them.
A truly remarkable lady and truly a life well lived.
Posted 25 June 2007 - 22:22
Originally posted by jonles
So far, the continual search to create the best Chicken prir piri recipe has not come up. Judy's version was spicy and special and with Howden on the barbeque, one of the best...
This is one of our family's favorite recipes and like Tim Murray, we are very taken with the Judy Ganley version of Piri Piri Chicken. This is the recipe from the Racey Recipes book:
Posted 26 June 2007 - 20:48
Posted 27 June 2007 - 03:06
Posted 27 June 2007 - 09:30
The RACEY RECIPES arrived today and my wife Judy was soooo impressed with it she has just sat down after dinner and going through it like a dose of salts....She love it .
Where i work at Eden Gardens here in Sydney we have very close connections with the Cancer Council of Australia and i will be making a worthy donation to them.
Cheers Thanks Doug
Posted 27 June 2007 - 15:43
Still, it was fun and kept us out of mischief for a moment, but not, as you can see, for very long!
Posted 28 June 2007 - 11:51
Thanks once again for the book and i will get around to reading soon as Judy put it down.
Posted 29 June 2007 - 00:41
By vintageracer at 2007-06-28
The above photo was taken prior to the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1971. From left to right, Billy Cook (Chief Mechanic), Jenny Birrell (Nadin), Judy Kondratieff (Ganley), Rosemary Smith and Janet Guthrie. After the Ring Free team's success in the previous years race (19th overall, 1st in class) and with a new car to drive, a Chevron B16, they had high hopes of a good finish. Unfortunately, Judy never got to drive in the race as the car expired on the first lap due to an engine failure.
Posted 29 June 2007 - 05:18
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Posted 02 July 2007 - 20:50
I was lucky enough to have met Howden and Judy some years ago socially and did not know about her prowess as a driver of "Bugeyed" Sprites. As the owner of a restored Frogeye I would love to learn more about Judy's record of driving such a car in the past. What were her results and where did she race - did she have a favourite number? I have seen her in a red car - did she have any other coloured car?
Did she ever race in Europe or was it only in the USA?
Posted 04 July 2007 - 08:46