The British Women Racing Drivers Club was formed in 1962 by Mary Wheeler MBE, with the aim of promoting and supporting women in all forms of motorsport.
The women in our club have held their own in every form of our sport, from racing to hillclimbing to rallying, from Monte Carlo to Silverstone to the Nurburgring. They have set records, inspired trophies and won championships. They speak for all women involved in motorsport and for every woman who has dared to dream of glory, and now they inspire a new generation of ambitious women.
Scroll down to meet some of the BWRDC members from the last sixty decades.
1962 - Lady Christabel Watson (Christabel Carlise)
Lady Christabel competed from 1960 - 1963 in a Mini. Her first race was at Silverstone in June 1960. By June 1961 she had an International licence and at Brands Hatch that year she finished second between Vic Elford and Steve McQueen.
1963 - Sheila Tiller
Sheila competed from 1962 onwards in hillclimbs and sprints and from 1972 to 1975 was the fastest lady at the Brighton Speed Trials in her Allard. In 2000 she took the Allard to Bonneville Salt Flats where Sheila clocked 152mph on her only run.
1964 - Joey Freeman
Joey competed from 1957 to 1970 in sprints and circuit racing, firstly in a Morris 1000 and then a Sprite, in which she won class and ladies awards. The real highlight was winning the AMOC Horsfal Trophy in 1964. She donated the first BWRDC club trophy, and was a founder member and the first secretary of the club.
1965 - Jean Denton CBE (Baroness Denton of Wakefield)
Jean competed on circuits and in marathon rallies, once finishing 18th out 96 starters in the Mexico World Cup rally, having covered some 16,000 miles. She was twice BWRDC Race Champion (in '67 and '68) and was also the Lord Wakefield Trophy winner in 1984. She was also the first BWRDC PR officer. She was honoured with a CBE in 1990, and made a Freeman of the City of London in 1991. As well as her successes in both racing and rallying, Jean had a successful political career and was Northern Ireland Minister from 1994 to 1997, the first woman to hold a ministerial post at the Northern Ireland office. Jean sadly died in 2001.
1966 - Anita Morrell
Anita raced from 1960 to 1967. By 1963 she was winning races in Jim Clark's old Lotus Elan. In 1965 she drove for Ford in a Broadspeed Anglia and achieved her first International status win at Silverstone. Anita also raced an Alan Mann Lotus Cortina and a Mustang 350 GT.
1967 - Natalie Goodwin
Natalie is a founder member of the club and competed in National and International circuit racing from 1961 to 1969. In just two seasons she amassed nineteen wins, twelve second places and fourteen third places in an Austin Healey 3000, Marcos 1800 and 1250 Mini. She was three times BWRDC Champion (in '64, '65 and '66) and she presented the club with the three perpetual trophies that racing members now compete for in the BWRDC Championship - the Goodwin Trophies.
1968 - Gabriel Konig
Gabriel's racing career started at Goodwood in 1962 in a Lotus Elite. She also competed in an Elan, Nathan Imp, Sebring Sprite and MG Midget. In 1968 Gabriel collected 18 wins and 9 lap records and won the prestigious BWRDC Embassy Trophy and the BWRDC Championship in 1968. She was also a founder member of the club.
1969 - Judy Andreason (Judy Vickery)
Judy raced a Marcos at Brands Hatch and also competed in Hillclimbs, sprints, circuit races and rallies. She was Chairman of the club from 1975 to 1977. In 1970 she won the Sprint Trophy. Her road-trim Marcos, with the registration HOTIE, famously helped her amass some 200 trophies during her career.
1970 - Angela Cherrett
Overall winner of the VSCC Welsh Rally and several driving tests in 1970 and 1975. Angela also achieved a race win at Oulton Park and fastest lap at Castle Combe.
1971 - Agnes Mickel
Agnes championed the Hillclimb section, and was one of very few to achieve BTD at a British Hillclimb. She set a new ladies record at Prescott. Sadly Agnes died in 1986.
1972 - Pat Moss-Carlsson
Although never a BWRDC member, Pat was chosen to represent the year 1972 as her final Monte Carlo Coupe des Dames came in this year. Arguably the most successful female British rally driver ever, she was a five-times European Ladies Rally Champion and won the Coup de Dames at the Monte Carlo Rally eight times. Her outright rally wins included Liege-Rome-Liege in 1960, the first time any female driver had won an international rally. She also won the Tulip Rally, writing a page in rallying history as the win was the first ever for the legendary Mini-Cooper on an international event.
1973 - Wendy Markey-Amey
Wendy raced from 1972-8 and again from 1988-9. After starting her motor racing career in a Honda N600 Wendy quickly earned a drive in the 'works' BMW 2002 Ti. In 1974 she was sponsored by Penthouse in a works Mazda RX3. In 1975 she was runner-up for the BWRDC Goodwin Trophy. In 1988 she briefly returned to racing with a Chevron B8 in Supersports, but retired the following year to concentrate on her family.
1974 - Lorina McLaughlin (Boughton)
Lorina's first full motorsport season saw her racing a Formula 3 GRD in the Formula Four Championship, claiming several victories to clinch second in the Championship. Her winning streak continued in a variety of cars including Formula Ford 2000 Sark, a Modsports Davrian and a Lotus 22 Formula Junior. In recent years Lorina has competed and won with her ex-James Hunt 1976 World Championship winning McLaren M23. Highlights of her career include finishing 4th with her McLaren in the Historic Formula 1 race at Magny-Cours; racing the McLaren in the Monaco Historic Grand Prix and finishing 12th from 30 starters; and driving a March 711 in Monterey, California. Lorina has also won several Ladies Awards at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in her McLaren M23 and behind the wheel of her ex-Michael Schumacher Camel Benetton B192 F1 car.
1975 - Susan TP-Jamieson
Susan was the Shellsport Escort Champion and also a Chairman of BWRDC from 1982 - 1986 and 1996 - 1999. Susan also wrote the acclaimed books, Women in Motorsport from 1945 and 40 years of the British Women Racing Drivers' Club - Mary's Girls. Susan is currently President of the BWRDC and remains actively involved in the club.
1976 - Divina Galica MBE
Divina was introduced to motorsport in 1974 when she was invited to do a celebrity race at Oulton Park and finished 2nd in an Escort. In 1976 she competed in the Shellsport F5000 European Championship in a Formula One Surtees, finishing an excellent fourth in the series in this notoriously difficult car. Divina also set five British speed records and won the Alcoa Driver of the Year award for her performance in the wet at Thruxton. In addition she was awarded the prestigious BWRDC Lord Wakefield Trophy.
1977 - Maggie Loynd (Anderson)
Maggie won the first ever Renault 5 TL race, held at Brands Hatch. She went on to achieve 2nd place overall in the inaugural Renault 5 Championship. Maggie also represented Great Britain in the two Women's Monaco Grands Prix.
1978 - Georgie Shaw
Georgie trained at the Brands Hatch Racing School and was on target to win a sponsored Formula Ford drive; instead she totalled their FF and very nearly herself. Undeterred, she traded her road Lotus Elan for a 1000cc full-race mini. Over several years, she competed in special saloons, Shellsport Escort Ladies races, production sportscars (TR7's) and the 1275GT mini championship, spearheading a two-girl BWRDC team. Despite several seconds, a brace of poles and a fastest lap shared with Lella Lombardi, her maiden victory came as part of the Marshals team of eight in the six hour race at Donington. She was runner-up for the Jean Denton Newcomers Trophy in 1971 and 3rd for the Goodwin Trophy in 1978. She was also Club Chairman from 1978-80 and went on to serve as the BWRDC PR Officer.
1979 - Alison Davis
In her first full season of motor racing Alison won the 1970 Goodwin Trophy, driving a Diva GT. The next season, driving a Ginetta G15, Alison clinched the Embassy Trophy. In 1972 Alison won the Goodwin Trophy along with Castrol's award for leading lady driver. In 1976 and 1977 she finished runner-up in the Shellsport Ladies Championship. Further successes followed the next season and Alison was rewarded with the Lord Wakefield Trophy after becoming the first woman to win a National Championship (the BRDC Production Sports Car championship) in the Ginetta G15, as well as runner-up in the Classic Sportscar Championship.
In 1980 Alison switched to a Metro, contesting the Metro Challenge where she claimed 2 wins and 12 seconds (14 races), followed by 5 wins a third and 2 lap records and Driver of the Day at Brands Hatch in 1981. In her 3rd season in the Metro challenge, Alison was on a roll with 3 wins and 3 lap records from 3 starts, when her father suddenly died and Alison hung up her helmet.
1980 - Desire Wilson
Desire's career spanned some 6 decades but most famously she won the F1 Aurora British Championship race at Brands Hatch in 1980. That year she also won the World Endurance Championship, Monza 1000km and Silverstone 6 hour races. She also became one of very few women to ever be awarded a FIA Grand Prix Super Licence.
1981 - Janet McPherson
Janet started racing in 1972 in karts and her achievements gained her the nickname 'The Lancashire Lass'. Janet moved on to Formula Fords aged just 19. She graduated to a McLaren M19 F5000, and then went on to compete in a Mini 1000, Formula Ford 2000 and a March 803B in Formula Libre. She achieved an overall win in 1981 and received the Graham Hill Memorial Trophy in the Mini 1000 challenge at Cadwell Park. In 1982 she achieved a win in the saloon car race at Donington Park. Retiring from competitive motorsport in 1985, Janet made her return in 1999 in an Austin Healey and then Mk 2 Jaguar.
1982 - Mary Wheeler MBE
Mary founded the BWRDC in 1962 and was an active competitor from 1959 through to 1973. She was well into her 40's before she embarked on her first year of competition which also saw her first race win at Goodwood, her local circuit, in her Triumph TR2. After retiring from competition Mary was honoured with the Lord Wakefield Trophy in 1982 and an MBE in 1992.
1983 - Louise Aitken-Walker MBE
Louise started her motorsport history after her brothers, unbeknown to her, entered her in a competition to 'Find a Lady Driver' which she went on to win from over 2,000 entrants. In 1983 she won the Coupe des Dames in the Monte Carlo Rally and became the first female winner of a national rally in the National 'Peter Russek' Rally driving a Ford Escort. In 1989 Louise became British Open Champion, Ladies European Champion and was the Lord Wakefield Trophy winner.
1984 - Antonia Loysen
Antonia started racing a Citroen Light 15 in the Pre-57 Classic Saloon Car Championship in 1981 and won the BWRDC Best Newcomer Award in that year. She went on to race a Royale Formula Ford 2000 and then entered a Chevron B42 Formula Atlantic in the Formula Libre Championship where she raced at the first Birmingham Superprix. She was also part of the ladies team that took 10 national speed records at MIRA in a Lancia Delta Turbo in 1985. She still races and competed at Le Mans in the 2010 Classic in her 1932 Citroen C4, the first time a Citroen had raced on the famous 24 hour circuit for 78 years.
1985 - Maggie Blankstone Schoiber
Marggie started competing in 1964 in hillclimbs, sprints and at circuits and in 1985 was awarded Driver of the Day at Prescott. In 1993 driving a Pilbeam MP62 Maggie achieved the outright course record at the Jurby Sprint, Isle of Man.
1986 - Caroline Ryder
1986 was the first year in motorsport for Caroline and she won the ladies award in the National Leaders Sprint Championships. In 1988 she was named 'Man of the Meeting' at Ingliston, she was also twice RAC National Leaders Ladies Champion. Caroline also chaired the BWRDC for three years.
1987 - Viv Ayres
Viv started competing in motorsport in 1974 and by 1977 she had won her class in all four championships she contested. In 1987, driving a Lotus 15 copy by Shapecraft, Viv achieved 12 class wins, 10 fastest laps and 3 lap records and with it won the BWRDC Racing Championship. Viv went on to become the first woman MSA Race Clerk of the Course in 1990 and was awarded the Lord Wakefield Trophy in 1992.
1988 - Josie Cleaver
In 1988 Josie was awarded the Lord Wakefield Trophy. She started competing in 1977 and by 1980 she was achieving class wins and went on to win her first race outright at Mallory Park in 1982. Josie was also BWRDC Club Secretary and Chairman.
1989 - Dee Knight
Dee started competitive motorsport in 1968 and took part in Autocross, Sprinting and Circuit Racing. 1989 was her last year of motorsport, sprinting and circuit racing a Suzuki Swift. Dee has also enjoyed being Honorary Secretary and Editor for the club.
1990 - Maggie Dell
During Maggie's racing career (1972-1993) she became a multiple BWRDC Kart Champion and was the first British woman to win at the 1990, 1991 and 1993 Peel Grands Prix on the Isle of Man in the 125cc class. In 1990 she won the final heat, in 1991 she won all three heats and the final, then in 1993 she won the final.
1991 - Jo Hodgson
Jo started competing in 1973 and for 2 years had a BDA powered Escort for hillclimbs, sprints and rallies. Following a break Jo returned to motorsport in 1989 driving a Lotus Elan but also drove a Sierra Cosworth, MG Midget, TR7 V8 and a Lola T86. She has won the BWRDC Hillclimb championship several times and is still competing.
1992 - Phoebe Rolt
Pheobe competed in single seaters for many years and achieved class wins in Historic Formula Junior and in 1992 won the European FISA Trophy. In 1999 she won the Goodwood Revival Ladies prize and continues to race in occasional Historic Formula Junior events.
1993 - Tina Cooper
Tina started competitive motorsport in 1976. In 1993 she became the BRDC Mini Challenge overall winner having achieved 4 race wins and Driver of the Day at Castle Combe. She was also awarded the prestigious Lord Wakefield Trophy.
1994 - Helen Bashford-Malkie
Helen started competing in 1977 in a Chevron B1 and has since gone on to compete at the highest level including racing an F1 Shadow, in which she was to become the first woman on the podium of an FIA F1 race - 3rd overall at Brno. Helen was awarded the Lord Wakefield Trophy in 1994 and has won the Jamieson Trophy for fastest lap no less than 8 times. Helen has also served as Chairman of the BWRDC.
1995 - Ilsa Cox
Ilsa is a performance driving instructor and competes in her SEAT Leon Cupra car in the BRSCC Eurosaloons championship. In 1997 she was the Handygas Saloon car champion and she has 26 overall race wins, 21 pole positions and numerous podium positions on her racing CV. In 2010 she won the BWRDC's Club GoldStar award. She was the first woman to win an overall race in a SEAT Leon Cupra.
1996 - Helen Allen
Helen began her racing career in 1996 in the 750MC Hot Hatch Championship. She currently competes in the Darlington and District Motorsport Club Northern Sports and Saloon Car Championship in her modified Fiesta XR2i.
1997 - Amanda Dunn (Whittaker)
Amanda began her racing career in karts in 1989 and switched to racing a Formula Ford in 1991. She was the Monoposto Championship overall winnner in 1996, 1997 and 1998 and the European Formula Atlantic Champion in 2006. In 2008 Amanda won four BWRDC championship titles - the Goodwin, the Hillwood Jewellers Coupe des Dames and the Monoposto and Embassy Trophies. She was also a BWRDC GoldStars nominee in 2008. She went on to take three more BWRDC championship titles in 2009, winning the Goodwin, Hillwood Jewellers Coupe des Dames and Monoposto Trophies. Amanda has since taken some time off from racing to start a family.
1998 - Yve Rivers-Fletcher
Yve started competing 1997 in a 'Triumph Special' that she and her husband Jeremy had restored. Jeremy, who came from a racing background convinced Yve to join him, and she now frequently beats him. Both are long time supporters of the club - Jeremy was Club Membership Secretary and Yve is currently Club Treasurer.
1999 - Amanda George
Amanda has been competing in Hillclimbs and Sprints since 1991. In her first event, the Bright Speed Trials, she won the up to 1600cc class and the fastest time by a woman in her Classic F3 Ensign which she shared with her father. Amanda also completed in a Pilbeam MP62 with a 2 litre Hart and more recently in a Chevron B19. Amanda continues to compete and is also club social secretary with particular responsibility for organsing the annual awards dinner.
2000 - Liz Halliday
Liz started racing for fun in her dad's Datsun 510 and won three races in her first season. The talented driver took up sportscar racing and has gone on to record a decade of motorsport achievements. She is the most successful female American Le Mans driver ever and was second in the ALMS Championship in 2006.
2001 - Lorraine Gathercole
Lorraine won the BWRDC Goodwin and Embassy Trophies in 2001 the same year she won the MG Owners Club Championship. She has been a member of the club since 1999 and was Club Secretary from 2001 until 2013 and is now Vice-Chairman. Lorraine continues to compete in various historic circuit races throughout Europe including the prestigious Le Mans Classic in her Series 1 Elan. She was a Gold Star nominee in 2010 and 2012.
2002 - Amy Barker
Amy won her first ever kart race and went on to become BWRDC Kart Champion in 2002. She switched to circuit racing and has a string of successes behind her including two championship wins racing her MX5. She has served the club as both Kart and Race Secretary. She was also nominated for the BWRDC GoldStars award for her achievements in 2009 and 2010.
2003 - Gail Hill
Racer Gail Hill won the Jean Denton Newcomers trophy in 2003 and went on to win the BWRDC Hillwood coupe des dames twice, and won the Goodwin and Embassy trophies in 2006. Gail's successes include winning the Jaguar XJ-S and saloon championships (in 2006 and 2011 respectively). She was nominated for a GoldStar award in 2010 and won the GoldStar Club Award in 2012. Gail is currently BWRDC Chairman and now races a classic Mustang.
2004 - Susie Wolff (Susie Stoddart)
Susie became the BWRDC Monoposto, Goodwin and Susan TP Jamieson Award winner in 2004. She has also won the prestigious Lord Wakefield Trophy twice. Susie has competed in DTM, and is a former test driver for the Williams F1 team. She remains a great supporter of the club.
2005 - Lynn Jones
Lynn has been an avid supporter of the club since 1989 and has served the club well over the years, variously handling the Merchandise section, running a stand at many shows and events as well as writing 'Quickword' an email newsletter of events and results. Lynn's husband Alan, in association with the HSCC, provided a venue for most committee meetings for many years.
2006 - Lisa Selby
Lisa won the BWRDC Chairmans Trophy in 2006 and went on to win the Duckham's Sprint Trophy in 2009 and 2010. A true all rounder competitor, as well as sprinting and hill climbing, she took up racing in 2008 and started rallying in 2010, and is one of the few members of the club to compete across disciplines.
2007 - Sarah Franklin
Sarah started racing in Ginettas and has also competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup, Britcar, the Trofeo Abarth, the 4Two Cup and the Production Touring Car Championship. Her achievements include pole, fastest lap and outright win at the inaugural 4Two Cup race at Donington Park and earned her three consecutive BWRDC GoldStars nominations for her racing in 2009, 2010 and 2011. As well as her racing achievements she edits the BWRDC magazine Racing Vogue and has won the Rabbit Trophy for her contributions.
2008 - Aggie Foster
Aggie has been co-driving since 1984 and is an international rally co-driver who has rallied all over the world including competing on WRC events. She won the BWRDC Rally Co-drivers Championship five times, in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2008.
2009 - Alice Powell
Alice was the 2010 BARC Formula Renault Champion. In 2009 she won the coveted Lord Wakefield trophy and was the Elite GoldStars Award winner in 2010 and 2011 for her achievements racing single seaters in 2009 and 2010. She was also nominated for the GoldStars Award for the third time in 2012.
2010 - Cat Lund
Rallying with fiancé Andy Rowe, in their Mitsubishi Evo III, Cat won the Flanders Rally Challenge Championship (a Belgian asphalt championship for foreign crews) in 2010 and 2011. She is twice BWRDC Rally Co-driver Champion, in 2010 and 2015. She won the BWRDC GoldStars Club Award in 2011 for her achievements in the 2010 season, and was also nominated for the 2012 Award. She continues to support the club and is the current BWRDC webmaster.
2011 - Sarah Reader
Sarah has been racing since 2000, beginning her career with the Caterham Academy and going on to race in the Caterham Eurocup and VdeV series. She took two podiums in the FIA SPEED Euroseries in 2011 and won the BWRDC GoldStars Elite Award for 2012.
2012 - Carolynn Hoy
Carolynn was presented with the Lord Wakefield Trophy in 2012 for her outstanding contributions to the sport.
2013 - Amanda Black
Amanda was Club Champion in 2012 and 2013, racing her Caterham.
2014 - Claire Williams
Williams F1 supremo Claire was the recipient of the Lord Wakefield Trophy in 2014.
2015 - Abi Pulling
Abi is a kart racer competing in the ABKC National Junior TKM championship and in the British Open championship with an 'O' plate and the English championship with an 'E' plate. Following a host of pole postitions, fastest laps and wins, in 2015 she signed as works driver for Tal-ko racing, winners of the 2015 Celtic Challenge for Junior TKM.
2016 - Katie Milner
Racer Katie Milner was awarded the Mary Wheeler Memorial Embassy Trophy for the Club Champion of 2016. Katie won several Autograss Club Championships before moving into circuit racing in the Junior Saloon Car Championship. In 2016, she became the first female to win the JSCC title and the UK's most successful junior female driver with 8 wins and 11 podiums.
2017 - Jessica Hawkins