Women in UK Motorsport History

Women in UK Motorsport History
Women in UK Motorsport History

The motorsport industry is one of the more promising sectors in the world. Motorsport refers to the use of vehicles to play sports, for example, Formula One racing and other racing and non-racing sports that involve vehicles. Motorsports is known to be one of the most dangerous forms of sports ever to exist. It consists of racing at extremely high speeds and taking sharp turns while trying to overtake other players and keeping their lead. Formula One racing is the most popular when it comes to motorsport, this is because of the sheer risk of a person’s life when they participate in a sport as dangerous as this. Though safety in this sport has increased dramatically in this sport, there are risks that a person must undergo, for example, a tire could come loose, and the car could go careening into a barricade or the engines, or the airbags might malfunction. Motorsports, in other words, was always considered to be a male-dominant sport. This is because of the common stereotype. However, included in the list below are a bunch of individual females who decided to push past the stereotypes and gender roles and immerse themselves in the unchartered territory of motorsports.

Dorothy Levitt And Elsie Gleed

Dorothy was one of the first and foremost female pioneers in motorsport. She was an individual who gained international recognition after she became the first woman to become a successful works team driver. Levitt married in 1930, and she along with her spouse Elsie Gleed also known as Bill, went onto becoming the most successful and well known team in motor racing. The duo competed in many competitions and tournaments, after the second world war Levitt continued to compete in many competitions. Some of the races that she participate in include the Alpine Rally and the Monte Carlo rally. The couple eventually had a daughter known as Anne wisdom, who went on to becoming Pat Moss’s co-driver in many races.

Dorothy Levitt
Dorothy Levitt

Maria Teresa De Filippis

Known as the first female to ever compete in the formula one races, Maria Teresa de Filippis was considered to be a trailblazer for women during her time. She paved the way for the introduction of women into sports such as the formula one races. She was always criticised for being a woman in a man’s sport, her petite form required there to be padding in the vehicle, which only increased the ridiculing. However, she went on to participate in five different Grand Prix and made her debut at the age of 22. She was later signed onto Maserati as an endurance racer and a hill climber, participating in the respective races. However, she went underground for 20 years after the French race director ridiculed her by saying that the only helmet a woman needed was the one found at the hairdressers. She emerged yet again in 1979 when she joined the international club for former formula one Grand Prix drivers. Then later on in 1997, she went on to become vice-president of said club.

Maria Teresa De Filippis
Maria Teresa De Filippis