1. Michèle Mouton
Mouton is a former French rally driver. She is the most successful and well-known female rally driver of all time, as well as arguably the most successful female in motor racing as a whole.
She was the first woman to win a round of the World Rally Championship, the Rallye Sanremo in 1981. She went on to finish a close second overall in the 1982 WRC after wins in Portugal, Brazil and Acropolis, with only the unreliability of the Audi Quattro that she was driving ultimately enabling Opel rival Walter Rohrl to snatch the title.
In 1984, she was the first woman to win the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb race in the United States. She won again in 1985, breaking the record of the race. Mouton effectively quit rallying after the Group B category was banned in late 1986, both unwilling to take part in a new, slower championship under Group A rules, and eager to start a family. However, she was to be a key figure in the organization of the rallying Race of Champions in 1988, in memory of Henri Toivonen.
She also has taken part in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans, in an all-female team.
In 2000, she finished 2nd driving a Porsche 911 in the London-Sydney Marathon with co-driver 1993 winner Francis Tuthill, behind ex-teammate Stig Blomqvist.
In 2010, she became the first President of FIA’s Women & Motor Sport Commission. In November 2010 she was demonstrating her Quattro at the Race of Champions in Düsseldorf’s Esprit Arena when she clipped a curb and rolled the car onto its roof. Both Mouton and her passenger escaped uninjured.
Read more about her race history at: www.thehenryford.org
2. Vicki Butler-Henderson
Vicki Butler Henderson started racing in 1984, age 12 years old, in 100cc karts. Her first race was against a very experienced David Coulthard – a fellow Go Motorsport Ambassador! In 1988, aged 17, She moved into single-seaters and hasn’t really looked back, in a career enabling her to combine a love of motor racing with her skills as a journalist and TV presenter.
Her racing escapades have included stints in Caterhams, Renault Spiders, Radicals a Citroen 2CV in the 24 hour endurance race and even a Citroen Saxo in an ice race! She went on to make history by becoming the first woman ever to win a Maserati race in 2002! Respected by all her peers as an extremely competitive driver and a great ambassador for motorsport in general, Vicki has always proved that the girls can mix it with the best of the boys. In her TV and journalism career, Vicki has established a name for herself as a talented presenter across the board, as well as an informed motoring and motorsport journalist working for magazines such as Max Power, Carweek and Auto Express.
She was also News Editor and Road Tester at What Car? Magazine. Her TV career has really started to take off in recent years and she was a regular on Top Gear for four years before moving over to the ‘other side’ to work as a presenter of Fifth Gear on Channel 5. She also kept her knowledge of the sport honed as a presenter of the British Touring Car Championship on ITV for four years between 2002 and 2006.
Vicki is still a proud owner of an MSA Race International C licence as well as a Kart National A and Rally National B Stage, so she is ready for most eventualities! Indeed through her TV and journalism career, she often has to don her crash helmet and overalls and has been seen out on track recently driving a Porsche Carrera Cup, a Renault Clio, a Honda Civic in a 24 hour endurance race, rallying in a Peugeot 206 and recently she drove a 200mph A1 GP car. She gives the word versatile a new meaning.
For more information about her career visit her site at www.butler-henderson.com.
3. Tammy Allen
Tammy Allen’s car museum at Allen Unique Autos is the ultimate collection of gorgeous classic cars–rare and iconic automobiles that have been lovingly restored and resplendently painted. The selection of cars on display is huge – at least 80 gleaming automobiles are on display daily.
Tammy Allen’s Car Museum at Allen Unique Autos is located at 2285 River Road, Grand Junction, Colorado 81505.
There’s a storybook quality to Tammy Allen’s life and her love affair with automobiles. It began at an early age. Her dad was a car enthusiast, bought new models every two years, and polished and detailed them himself. His enthusiasm for cars was contagious, and it rubbed off on Tammy. She fondly recalls family vacations with idyllic road trips into the American heartland. The cars themselves have become part of automobile legend—among them, a 1954 Ford, a 1957 Oldsmobile, a 1957 Chevy, and a 1960 Mercury station wagon.
For more information refer to her site at www.allenuinqueautos.com.
4. Melanie Snow
Melanie came up through the Porsche club circuit just like her husband. The two actually met at a Porsche Club race and have found that racing and love make a winning team. Her love for racing is done in a Porsche but she has competed in a BMW and Panoz as well.
Highlights of her career are: Class winner at the 12 hours of Sebring in 1999, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Championship in 2009 and ALMS GTC class championship in 2009Melanie not only loves to race but bench racing afterwards is one of her favorite pastimes. She enjoys being at the track and has made her competitors and race officials part of her extended family.
5. Janet Guthrie
In 1976 Janet became the first woman to compete in a NASCAR Winston Cup stock car race. The next year, she was the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500. In 1978, she returned to both. Guthrie was named to the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Janet Guthrie bought her first race car, a Jaguar XK 12, in the early 1960s. By 1964, she was competing and had even won two Sports Car Club of America races. In the early 1970s, Guthrie decided to dedicate herself exclusively to car racing. She was the first woman to compete in a NASCAR Winston Cup stock car race in 1976. And she made history again the next year as the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. At Indianapolis she came in 29th, and at Daytona she was the twelfth driver to cross the finish line. In 1978, Guthrie returned to Indianapolis and Daytona, coming in 9th and 11th, respectively.
Out maneuvering many of her competitors, Janet Guthrie showed the critics that women have what it takes to make it on the track. She was named to the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006. Her efforts have made it easier for later drivers, such as Danica Patrick, to get into racing.