Articles tagged Rita Don

Page 65 of August 1996 archive issue thumbnail Page 65, August 1996

That Great Little Man Freddie Dixon

Having recalled recently the careers of some well-known British racing drivers, the time is overdue to include Freddie Dixon. Born in 1892, Frederick William Dixon had already deservedly achieved fame in the motorcycle racing field, before he turned to car racing. Starting in 1909, he had won two 7 races, established records innumerable, ridden with great distinction at Brooklands, where he was...

Page 63 of January 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 63, January 1995

Out of The Past

In turning out old papers I have come upon a forgotten manuscript, about the Cedar Tree tea-rooms in Ripley. The place was discovered in 1918 by two people seeking a fresh way of life. The husband, subject to fevers from serving in the Boer War, had worked on aeroplanes during the 1914/18 conflict, being unfit for active service, and was able to design and build small yachts. Seeking a post-war...

Page 76 of October 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 76, October 1994

Kay Petre - a tribute

The advertisement for my History of Brooklands says it is about "the days when men were men, which reflected their will to win". Maybe: but it is also about many women drivers, most of whom also did pretty well. I loved 'em all, metaphorically speaking, none more so than Mrs Kay Petre, who died recently. This petite, very attractive, dark-haired girl had her first taste of racing at Brooklands in...

Page 119 of September 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 119, September 2000

First Ladies' Mountain Handicap race winner

When Rita Don won the first Ladies' Mountain Handicap race at Brooklands she was not driving daddy's car but one of Dixon's Rileys — I like to catch my mistakes to save you stamps!

Page 134 of July 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 134, July 2009

VSCC Ladies' Race continues a long tradition

The Vintage Sports-Car Club’s 2009 fixture list includes race meetings at Oulton Park, Mallory Park and Donington circuits, with a ladies’ race at the last named venue. This reminds me of how cautious the Brooklands authorities were over such a race, in spite of the sensible driving of the girls in other clubs’ events. But by 1929 the BARC finally did provide such a race, albeit with more modest...

Page 64 of January 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, January 2003

Women racers at Brooklands

From the very opening meeting in 1907, women competed at the surrey track. While some races were ladies-only, often they raced on equal terms with the men. Bill Boddy recalls some very skilful drivers If no female driver has ever made it to fame in F1 championship racing, it has to be accepted that almost from the beginning of motor-racing in 1895, those who used to be termed the weaker sex have...

Page 6 of November 1933 archive issue thumbnail Page 6, November 1933


WHITNEY STRAIGHT WINS THE MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP. R. L. DULLER'S AMAZING CRASH. SIR MALCOLM CAMPBELL AND T. E. ROSE-RICHARDS INVOLVED IN A COLLISION. WOMEN'S MOUNTAIN RACE WON BY MISS RITA DON. THE closing meeting of the B.A.R.C. was arranged to be held on October 14th, but rain fell heavily on that day and it was decided to postpone the meeting for a week. This decision gave rise to a good deal...

Page 96 of August 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 96, August 2000

Ladies who broke made dominance

Girls in F1 again? One day, perhaps! Girls at Brooldands — yes, lots of them. To escape some confusion, the first ladies' races were in 1908, a decorous age, so their skirts were tied round their ankles as they sped along on exposed chassis. The BARC then said, no more, although girls raced at some of the smaller club events. By 1928 the parent club relented, staging a ladies' two-lap Sweepstake...

Page 20 of September 1934 archive issue thumbnail Page 20, September 1934


AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY AT BROOKLANDS JOHN COBB RAISES THE LAP RECORD TO 140.91 M.P.H. AND BECOMES BROOKLANDS 1934 CHAMPION —NEW MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT RECORDS BY RAYMOND MAYS AND H. W. COOK ON E.R.A.'S AND BY PAT DRISCOLL (AUSTIN.) ALTHOUGH the skies were overcast and there was more than a hint of rain in the air, the regular Brooklands spectators who turned up on August Bank Holiday were rewarded by...

Page 87 of December 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 87, December 1994


Marendaz Evidence Sir, It is always very irritating when you know a little history but can't find the photographic evidence, when you know that someone out there must have it! So, then, where can I find a comprehensive set of photographs for Shelsley or the Brighton Speed Trials for the period 1932-5? Captain Marendaz ran a supercharged 13/70 model at these events and others during the period...



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