Woman drivers of Pre-war racing

One of our themes for this year’s event at Grimsthorpe is pre-war women racers, championing the role of women in early motorsport. This theme is particularly relevant to our venue, with Grimsthorpe’s connections to Lady Astor,  the first woman member of parliament in England.

Brooklands heroine Kay Petre, a long time friend of local racer Raymond Mays, was recorded taking the famous Brooklands circuit at an average speed of 135mph.  Helle Nice, “the bugatti queen”, was an extraordinary racing driver of the period, but sadly died in relative obscurity.

Our exhibition in 2018 aims to highlight these heroines and in addition we will be running an all female class in their honour, with a special trophy to mark the occasion.