WOMEN IN MOTORSPORT
in motorsport aims to provide females with the right information
and contacts to enable them to make an informed choice about their
interest or involvement in motorsport.
NO SUCH WORD AS "CAN'T"
have been competing in motorsport since the sport began over 100
years ago. Women can, and do, achieve success alongside their male
counterparts from past to present.
1901, a French lady, Camille de Gast entered the gruelling 687 mile
Paris to Berlin race and finished 33rd out of 122. In 1903, British
Dorothy Levitt began her career racing in a Gladiator at Southport
Speed Trials and won her class. A year later she drove one of two
officially entered De Dion cars in the Hereford 1000 mile trial,
a sole woman against the best of the men drivers. It has not stopped
Elizabetta Junek competed in the treacherous Targa Florio
Race around the rugged Island of Sicily, Lella Lombardi scored in
the Formula 1 Drivers Championship, Indianapolis winner Lyn St James,
Rally Champions Pat Moss and Michelle Mouton successfully competed
in one of the most demanding aspects of motorsport
is just one of a variety of motorsports in the UK, including autotests,
circuit racing, drag racing, hillclimbs, sprints, and kart racing,
all of which attract very successful female competitors.
In Motorsport, an MSA initiative, is an awareness-raising project
and forms a large part of the national plan for British motorsport.
In Motorsport was established essentially to increase female awareness
of, and participation in motorsport. The principle of participation
applies equally to competing in motorsport and officiating in motorsport
in whatever capacity (scrutineer, marshal, rescue personnel, clerk
of course, mechanic, etc).
of all ages compete equally alongside their male counterparts, and
the majority of them inherit their interest and involvement through
family and friends, but there are many who do not have this opportunity.
An information pack has been produced by the British Women Racing
Drivers' Club to provide help and encouragement for more women to
participate in motorsport, ranging from a local treasure hunt or
12 car rally, to Formula 1 or World Rally.
MSA, the governing body for motorsport in Great Britain, have produced
their "How to start in motorsport" booklet in which you
will find vital information on a large range of motorsport activities.
your interest is - Racing, Rallying, Club Motorsport, Marshalling,
or Administration (all extremely rewarding) - we urge you to join
your local Motor Club. The MSA Regional Associations of Motor Clubs
can help you choose the local club that suits you best, and should
also be able to provide a female contact within the association
who is available to help, encourage and provide a sympathetic ear.
In addition, if your route is through a Race or Rally School a unique
list of those schools which employ female instructors can be obtained
from the BWRDC.
the world of rallying females are every bit as good as their male
counterparts. The number of mixed crews and an increasing number
of all female crews at all levels of the sport bear testimony to
this. At International level rallying Britain's first World Champion
was Louise Aitken-Walker, and not as most people assume Colin McRae.
is not an option" according to the T-shirt, but that doesn't
mean that there can only be one winner. The winners are those who
have a go and achieve a personal goal. This applies equally to life
hope that this information is of assistance to you, and that you
too will discover the enjoyment of motorsport.
GIRLS - THERE'S NO SUCH WORD AS CAN'T!
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