Women in motor sport celebrated at Cultra 2013


A record-breaking 114 competitors took part in the Cultra Hill Climb at Northern Ireland’s Ulster Folk and Transport Museum on 1 June.

Marking the day’s theme Women in Motorsport were 1990 FIA Ladies World Rally Champion Louise Aitken Walker MBE and Irish legend Rosemary Smith.

The latter took the first international victory for a woman, on Holland’s 1965 International Tulip Rally in a Hillman Imp.

The British Women Racing Drivers Club’s Hill Climb Champion Jo Hodgson competed in her lightweight replica Lotus Elan 26R for the Ladies’ Handicap Award. She would finish as runner-up to Shelagh Glover’s Riley Special, which posted a scratch time of 52.88 secs.

The meet also celebrated Aston Martin’s centenary with one of Ireland’s oldest surviving examples, a 1932 International, while a 1972 Porsche 911 helped mark the legendary car’s 50th anniversary.

The meet attracted an eclectic mix of machines including, in honour of Rosemary Smith, a 1963 works-built Hillman Imp, the Rex McCandless designed ‘Dorothy’s Car’ and an Austin A40 Farina. The Farina paid tribute to top 1960-’70s Irish racing driver, Gabriel Konig.

After a 12-year restoration, the 'Festival of Britain' Allard J2 (OZ4444) also paid a visit, 62 years after it was first delivered to Northern Ireland.

To find out more visit the event’s website.

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