MBE hon­our

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

FORMER rac­ing driver Susie Wolff is awarded an MBE for ser­vices to women in sport.

FORMER rac­ing driver Susie Wolff was awarded the MBE at an in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony at Buck­ing­ham Palace last week, writes David McPhee.

Oban-born Susie, whose maiden name is Stod­dart, re­ceived the MBE for ser­vices to women in sport.

Susie’s fam­ily own Stod­darts of Oban – a mo­tor­cy­cle deal­er­ship.

She brought her mum and dad, John and Sally Stod­dart, to the cer­e­mony along with her hus­band Toto Wolff.

Susie, who now lives in Switzer­land, has had a stun­ning ca­reer in mo­tor­sport, pro­gress­ing from kart­ing to for­mula three, be­fore be­ing signed by Wil­liams’ For­mula One team as a de­vel­op­ment driver.

Fol­low­ing her re­tire­ment in 2015, she fo­cused on a new project - Dare To Be Dif­fer­ent, which aims to in­spire and help women work­ing in, or who want to launch a ca­reer in mo­tor­sport.

Speak­ing about watch­ing his daugh­ter pick up her MBE, John Stod­dart said: ‘It was a fan­tas­tic day out. We went to Buck­ing­ham Palace. It was awe-in­spir­ing as it was in the ball­room.

‘Susie has put so much hard work in, es­pe­cially since she started Dare To Be Dif­fer­ent – it is now be­ing launched in Ger­many. Prince Charles chat­ted to her for a while,’ John added. ‘He did not ex­pect her to be a rac­ing driver.’

Sally Stod­dart said: ‘I must ad- mit, I was ex­tremely proud. She has done so well. I am re­ally, re­ally over the moon. She puts a lot of ef­fort into things. I’m just dead chuffed.’

Susie told her 386,000 fans on Face­book: ‘At Buck­ing­ham Palace to re­ceive my MBE – a spe­cial day spent with spe­cial peo­ple.

‘Very grate­ful to have had the op­por­tu­ni­ties to fol­low my pas­sion and chase my dreams. It has been quite a jour­ney.

‘To my bril­liant par­ents who gave me the best start in life, to my brother who sup­ported me each step of the way and to the man who lights me up each and ev­ery sin­gle day. I am truly thank­ful.’

Susie Wolff poses with her MBE medal along­side mum Sally Stod­dart, dad John Stod­dart and hus­band Toto Wolff.

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