History of the British Women Racing Drivers' Club
President: Susan TP-Jamieson
Vice Presidents: Louise Aitken-Walker MBE, Divina Galica MBE, Natalie Goodwin, Bette Hill, Ian Titchmarsh
The late Mary Wheeler MBE founded the British Women Racing Drivers’ Club (BWRDC) in 1962 to establish a Club in which proficient lady racing drivers were invited to join. Members were required to maintain a high standard of driving and be role models for the next generation of female drivers. To ensure BWRDC members received recognition for their endeavours, the Annual Awards Presentation & Dinner was established, attracting many legendary drivers as the Guest of Honour.
Almost fifty years later, the Club boasts 150 plus members with additional sections for: Rally (drivers and co-drivers), Hill climb & Sprint, Kart, Autocross/Rallycross, Officials, Supporters & Wheelers (ex-competitors). Membership ranges from juniors to seniors and from grass roots to professionals. Whether a member competes as an amateur or as a professional, we welcome all.
The BWRDC is a Motor Sports Association (MSA) recognised motor club and is represented at the MSA’s Women in Motorsport Group (WMG) and at the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, Women & Motor Sport Commission (FIA WMC).
As the Club does not organise motorsport events, the BWRDC Championships are based on members' annual performances in their own formulae and presented at the Annual Awards Presentation Dinner/Luncheon. The Club’s most prestigious award, The Lord Wakefield Trophy, is the highest accolade presented to a woman, for outstanding achievement in motorsport or for exceptional services to the sport.
The BWRDC regularly exhibits at Autosport International (ASI) and Race Retro with the BWRDC GoldStars capturing the spotlight and Motors TV at ASI. GoldStars winners and nominees benefit from a dedicated web page at www.bwrdc-goldstars.co.uk. The BWRDC was delighted to share a link with the legendary Sir Stirling Moss after he presented the awards on the BWRDC Stand in 2010.
Exclusive club insignia, a quarterly magazine and the annual AGM are additional benefits of membership, while communication is via twitter, facebook and the club website at www.bwrdc.co.uk.
The Club has just gained enormous kudos with the recent announcement of a long-term partnership between Motors TV and the BWRDC. The 'High Speed Television' channel is keen to help raise the profile of women competing in motorsport and will actively help to promote the BWRDC.
BWRDC Chairman Helen Bashford-Malkie said: "To have agreed a long-term partnership with Motors TV is a marvellous endorsement for the Club and a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of our members competing throughout Europe and the UK. This marks a major landmark in the history of the Club and a brilliant way to celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2012!"
For more information please contact: Georgie Shaw, Press Officer, BWRDC
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