The Fastest Girl on Earth

Find out about three remarkable women who achieved great success in the male-dominated sport of motor racing and speed record breaking in the 1900s, 20s and 30s.  Dorothy Levitt ‘the fastest girl on earth’ was a pioneer for women drivers.  She was the first English female racing driver and won her class in the 1903 Southport Speed Trial.  She went on to break records both on land and on water and championed the ‘women’s right to motor’.  May Cunliffe, a Southport resident, broke the women’s record at Shelsley Walsh aged just 20 in 1926.  Sadly her career was curtailed by a tragic accident on Southport Sands.  The third remarkable woman is Gwenda Stewart-Hawkes, from Preston, who broke many speed records on both motorcycles and cars.  Gwenda was regarded as the greatest woman driver of the 1930s.

Talk by Peter Cowley

The image is of Dorothy Levitt ‘the fastest girl on earth’.

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