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 […]

12
Jan

Taking everything on board your motorbike

I am still rather a novice when it comes to riding my motorbike, very much a what’s the weather like? What’s the road going to be like? When do we stop and so forth… I am of much more of a four wheel person at the moment especially as I have just restored my 1964 […]

16
Dec

The Ladies of the Monte Carlo Rally

Thick fog for fifty miles around Carlisle, mist on the Yorkshire Moors, heavy snow falling from London onwards… and that is before arriving in Monte Carlo after 70 hours of non-stop driving from John O’ Groats, a total of seventeen hundred miles for the Monte Carlo Rally in 1927. Mrs Bruce took it upon herself […]

12
Nov

The best reason for riding a motorbike

It has been a while since I have been on a date and wondered what ingenious ways I could conjure up to acquire one. I remembered when I was riding a twist and go Vespa Scooter in London years ago I would quite easily meet people at traffic lights, so with this in mind I […]

2
Jul

New Balls Please

Only a couple of weeks to Wimbledon and I am already playing with tennis balls, albeit they may be tied to trees, and being hit by wing mirrors? – I am certainly prepared. You see when an invitation to drive off road passes my eyes I leap at the chance to do exactly that, and […]

29
Jun

The Isle of Man TT

They say the best ideas are discovered over a drink – or two and whilst at the Guild of Motoring Writers annual awards dinner last December, on my table were the Honda team who, decided that it would be a superb idea to get me on a motorbike and out on the roads. Having already […]

27
May

If Amelia can do it I can do it

After returning from the Rallye Des Princesses last week as photographer on the event for Richard Mille and Classic Driver, the Gordon Bennett rally begins this week and Le Mans 24hour race next. My mind returns to the plethora of trailblazers that I am researching, such as: Doreen Evans (had a brief three year career […]