Category: Trail Blazers

The wonderful world of inspirational women

2
Oct

The Lady and her Car -Lighting

The passing of the road transport lighting bill came in to force on Sunday 22nd April 1928, required a uniform lighting regulation throughout the country. During the hours of darkness, every motor car must be accompanied with two lamps showing a red light to the rear. The hours of darkness are considered to be a […]

19
Sep

The Lady and Her Car -The Motorists Face

The Motorists Face How to look after it when touring is a problem that besets most women. Looking after a wind -blown face.  Put on a cheap chiffon gauze scarf over ones hat and may be thrown once soiled. If the face is prepared before the journey then at the end it ought to be […]

21
Aug

The Lady and Her Car -Insurance

A concise series of articles about car insurance continued throughout The Lady in the 1920’s, with the increase in owners taking their cars abroad along with additional cars on the road, accidents became a regular occurrence between two drivers, both claiming the rights of the road. The Highway Code as law had not come in […]

19
Jul

The Lady & Her Car -Acquiring Road Sense

Another part to this series where we look back at The Lady archives and investigate these historical articles whilst comparing them to how women look after their cars and generally at motoring today. This lovely page tells us the ideal way to manoeuvre a car amongst the road, at junctions, and passing cars. Which car […]

19
Jun

The Lady and Her Car – Car Maintenance

Springtime maintenance for the car looks at using thinner lubricants for the engines the fan belt may have also been disconnected during the winter months and it is a perfect time to reconnect it.  Also make sure one has removed the radiator muff for the spring. Whilst the winter is quite a reverse, pop on […]

18
May

The Lady & Her Car -Clothing

Women have been racing and driving fast since the invention of the combustion engine. Intrepid ladies such as Camille de Gast who, in 1903, became the first woman racing driver, and before her Bertha Benz, the wife of Karl Benz (of Mercedes Benz), who in 1888, was the first woman to drive a motor vehicle […]

22
Apr

The Woman & the Car -A chatty little handbook

A chatty little handbook for all women who motor or who want to motor Dorothy Levitt’s The Woman and the Car: A chatty little handbook for all women who motor or who want to motor by Dorothy Levitt, was published in 1909.  It perfectly captures the adventurous, even reckless, spirit of these early girl racers. Here […]

18
Mar

76th Member’s Meeting

We look forward to an exciting Moss Trophy, where Katarina Kyvalova in car number 11, 1960 Austin Healey 3000 Mk1, with co pilot Jeremy Welch, and Holly Franchitti in car number 17, 1963 AC Ace-Ford for Ten Tenths Ltd with co pilot James Wood, will be racing this weekend at the Goodwood 76th Member’s Meeting.  Good […]

16
Mar

Ferrari: Under the skin

Always on the look out for female racing drivers, past or present, I discovered a lady who seems to have missed my radar. Baroness Maria Antonietta Avanzo (1889 – 1977) was the first Italian female racetrack driver and “the most famous Italian woman racing driver of the inter-war period”.  She competed in numerous events throughout her career, including […]