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.