Today, we celebrate International Women’s day across the world – rejoicing women everywhere. So, we thought now would be the perfect time to highlight some of the key women in the motor world, proving that motorsport is not just a man’s world.
Which sibling did it better? If you know anything about motorsport, then you must have heard about Sir Sterling Moss, one of the most gifted formula one drivers and motorsport hall of fame inductees. Though Sterling Moss never won the formula one world championships, he did win over the half of the 529 races that he did enter.
That was no match for his sibling Pat Moss. The younger sibling followed in her brother’s footsteps after her love of horsing around, created a strong obsession with horsepower. As well as winning the prestigious Grand Prix title 16 times, she was also the first woman in the world to finish in the top 10 of the notorious Liege-Rome-Leige rally, complete with a female co-driver at the wheel.
One of the names that will usually crop up when discussing female motorsport drivers, Michele Mouton. It’s safe to say that her seriously impressive record of wins takes the term ‘girl power’ to the next level.
The French former rally driver mastered Group B rally cars at speed, where most of her male peers couldn’t and took not one, but four world rally championship victories along the way. Michele didn’t just pave the way for women stepping up to the podium within the rallying industry, but she also made an immense impact on the motorsport scene as a whole, becoming the first president of the FIA’s Women & Motor Sports Commission and co-founded the annual Race of Champions event in 1988 and 2010.
Present day icon Keiko Ihra traded being a grid girl for racing the track, in 1999 and despite having no prior knowledge in the racing field, along with battling a mass of prejudice from her homeland, Keiko continued onward and upward driving in the Ferrari Challenge Championship. This in turn, earnt Keiko a drive in European Formula Renault.
After years of racing in every motorsport event possible, Keiko became the first Asian woman to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, taking the win in the Asian Le Mans series. This was a huge achievement not only for females in the motor industry but also for Keiko in her homeland.
We’ve taken a look at inspirational women on the road, but we all have inspirational women in our lives. Head over to our facebook page here and check out our competition to treat the inspirational women in your life ahead of Mother’s day, where we’ll be offering a bunch of ladies out there VIP tickets to catch Torvill & Dean’s Dancing on Ice live at Manchester Arena.