Royal Automobile Club celebrates women in motor sport

by Gemma Bray

The Royal Automobile Club hosted ‘A Salute to Women in Motor Sport’ dinner on Thursday 19 May to celebrate the achievements of women across the motor sport industry.

Founded in 1897, the Club originally focused on promoting the motor car which then developed into motoring events. King Edward VII awarded the Club their Royal title in 1907.

The dinner was hosted by Louise Goodman, a TV presenter and motorsports journalist. The inspiring guests included, Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal for Williams Martini Racing, who brought along members from the technical and engineering areas of the team.

Sir Stirling and Lady Susie Moss attended to show their support, Gillian Carr, Secretary of the BRDC, historic racers Chloe and Holly Mason and historic rally competitors Serena and Elise WhyteAbbi Pulling, 13-year old kart racer, Carmen Jorda, 2016 Renault Sport F1 Team Development Driver attended the evening.

Members from the British Women Racing Drivers’ Club Committee past and present also attended, including Helen Allen, Lorina McLaughlin, Tina Cooper, Georgie Shaw, Sarah Franklin and Helen Bashford-Malkie. Vintage car racer Jo Blakeney-Edwards, Annie Bradshaw Media Manager for Formula 1 and World Touring Car ChampionshipWorld Endurance Championship Media Manager Fiona Miller and lastly Caroline Hobbs, Vice Chair to the Doghouse Women’s Motor Racing Associates Club.

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