Thursday, 18 September 2008

RACY LADIES

Recently formed Racy Ladies wants to encourage women of all ages and skill levels to learn (or hone) the art of driving fast in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere.

The first Racy Ladies track day will be held on Sunday 9 November 2008 at Rockingham Speedway in Northamptonshire. Association of Racing Drivers Schools (ARDS) - registered instructors will be giving in-car tuition and trackside tips throughout the day, while the lunch break will allow competitors to compare notes and experiences. Helmets and other necessary safety equipment are provided as part of the £199 (including VAT) per person cost, A professional photographer will also be in attendance to capture those moments of personal glory. The event is open to any woman holding a full UK driving licence. Family, husbands, boyfriends and other friends are all welcome to come and watch. Racy Ladies is sponsored by H&H Ltd, John Clark Motor Group, Demon Tweeks, Fiskens, Black & White Garage and Gilbart-Smith Associates. For more information on Racy Ladies, or to book a place on the 9 November track day, please go to http://www.racyladies.co.uk.

Women have a proud motorsport tradition, which is explored in Veloce's forthcoming English translation of the French book:

Fast Ladies - female racing drivers 1888 to 1970 by Jean François Bouzanquet.
It took a great deal of determination on the part of women to sweep aside male resistance from the inner circles of the motoring world. This saga, with a wealth of illustrations, spans almost a century of motor racing. Discover the statuesque Camille du Gast of the 1903 Paris-Madrid race; dancer Hellé Nice, the Bugatti queen; Violette Morris, the "Hyena" of the Gestapo; the smiling rally driver, Gilberte Thirion; the sporting Annie Soisbault; Pat Moss, the sister of Sterling; the blonde Marie-Claude Beaumont of the Le Mans 24 Hours and her impressive Chevrolet Corvettes, and many more fast ladies. Over forty unique portraits of daring, brave women who took part in speed record events, rallies and Grand Prix races.

click here for more info about the book