Archive | women in motorsports

Donna Mae Mims Drove A Limo At The Last Cannonball Run And Was The First Woman To Win An SCCA Championship

Pink is a controversial color in the racing world. It’s a girl’s color—and we all know girls don’t race, right? Pink liveries for men are apparently emasculating, and women who drive pink cars? Well, they’re just shoving their femininity in everyone’s faces and subscribing to a stereotype.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

Continue Reading

Aseel Al-Hamad Drives A Formula One Car The Day The Saudi Ban On Female Drivers Is Overturned

Before the Formula One French Grand Prix at the Circuit Paul Ricard, Aseel Al-Hamad became one of the first Saudi women to drive a car to celebrate the end of the ban on women driving in the Gulf kingdom. And she did it behind the wheel of a 2012 Renault F1 car.Read more… Continue Reading […]

Continue Reading

One Of Britain’s Most Accomplished Female Pilots Worked For The RAF And Raced Cars On The Side 

Amy Johnson didn’t realize how dissatisfied she was with her job as a secretary at a law firm until she saw an airplane take off from her backyard. As the wheels left the ground and the impossible hunk of metal and engineering took flight, Johnson realized that there was more to the world than just […]

Continue Reading

How Hillclimb Racer Charlie Martin Is Trying To Make Motorsports For Everybody

Ahead of the Ginetta GT 5 Challenge race weekend at Silverstone during the June 8 weekend, racer Charlie Martin sat down in front of a crowd at the drivers’ meeting. With a rainbow sticker in hand, she explained a rather simple—but effective—plan: place one of these small stickers somewhere on your car to show your…Read […]

Continue Reading

The Women’s Champion Of The 1927 Monte Carlo Rally Was The Endurance Driving Champion Of The World

Imagine: you’re walking down the streets of west London when, suddenly, a Matchless motorcycle comes screaming past. At the helm is a teenage girl, her hair flying wildly behind her. If you didn’t see it with your own eyes, you might have doubted the passenger in the sidecar: but it is most definitely a collie…Read […]

Continue Reading

Brooklands’ Sweetheart Was The First Female Works Driver Who Almost Nailed A Grand Prix Season

It’s 1934. The driver that has just set the fastest Women’s Outer Circuit record at Brooklands parks her car and emerges, triumphant. At only 4'10", she’s dwarfed next to her 10.5 litre V12 Delage, a vehicle that she has almost effortlessly mastered. The adoring press captures her radiant smile as she removes her…Read more… Continue […]

Continue Reading

The WWI Ambulance Driver Who Dominated Banked Race Tracks

War had a habit of making women into racers. With the men occupied on the battlefield, someone had to maneuver ambulances through shell-cratered roads at high speed, rushing to and from emergencies. Some women became absolutely infatuated with the challenge and the adrenaline and looked to find ways to get that same…Read more… Continue Reading […]

Continue Reading

The First Female Grand Prix Winner Conquered The Nürburgring And Memorized The Targa Florio

The woman’s path to motorsport is paved with forgotten heroes and groundbreaking drivers who changed the landscape of racing only to be lost in the depths of history soon after. Eliška Junková, perhaps the most successful Czech Grand Prix driver you’ve never heard of, is one of those women.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

Continue Reading

The Valkyrie Of The Motorcar Survived The Race Of Death, A Sunken Ship, And An Assassination Attempt

What do you do when your husband dies, leaving you a widow at age 27? Do you go racing, compete in motor boating, travel around the world, become a published author, and get involved in a scandal over a nude photograph? If you’re Camille du Gast, you’ll be doing all of those and still find […]

Continue Reading

Meet The Young Girl Racing Formula Cars Against Adults Before She’s Even In Her Teenage Years

Women in motorsports are accomplishing a lot, like racing against adults before they’re even teenagers and topping the charts in test sessions in series on the Formula One development ladder. Here are some more of the incredible things women in racing are up to lately. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

Continue Reading

The Woman Who Taught Queens To Drive Set The Fastest Women’s Speed Record

In an era long before women were thought capable of doing much of anything, Dorothy Levitt decided that she wanted to do it all. Avid horseback rider, self-styled motoriste, race car driver, boat racer, journalist and amateur aviator, Levitt was a woman well before her era and, at the same time, exactly what…Read more… Continue […]

Continue Reading

Flick Haigh Becomes First Woman To Take Overall Win In One Of Britain’s Top Sports-Car Series 

British driver Flick Haigh was the only woman in the field when she drove in the first race of the British GT Championship season on April 2, but she didn’t need to be picked out of a crowd of cars—she and her co-driver were out front pretty much the entire time, from winning the pole […]

Continue Reading

Iran’s First Woman To Race After The Islamic Revolution Keeps Breaking Barriers

Women in racing do a lot of great things, and people aren’t great at recognizing them for it. From Iran’s barrier-breaking racer Laleh Seddigh teaching other women to race to Danica Patrick showing her car for her last Indianapolis 500, here are some of the incredible things women in motorsports are up to lately.Read more… […]

Continue Reading