Category: motorist

Dorothy Levitt (1882-1922) was a trailblazer f…

Dorothy Levitt (1882-1922) was a
trailblazer for women in motoring. She was the first British female racing
driver and set a number of world records, being called “the Fastest Girl on Earth” or “the Champion
Lady Motorist of the World” by the press of the day.

She first competed in a motor race in 1903, becoming the first English
woman to do so. She set records for water speed and land speed, as well as for
the longest drive by a woman when she drove from London to Liverpool and back
in 1905. She was also responsible for inventing the rearview mirror by
describing its use in her 1909 book The
Woman and the Car.

Alice Huyler Ramsay (1886-1983) was a pioneer …

Alice Huyler Ramsay (1886-1983)
was a pioneer for women motorists. She was the first woman to drive across the
United States from coast to coast, a feat that she achieved in 1909.

She was an avid driver, and one of very few
women to participate in races in her time. She started her memorable journey in
June 1909 from New York and arrived in San Francisco two months later. She was
named ‘Woman Motorist of the Century’ by AAA in 1960, and was the first woman
ever inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2000.