GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN
Richard Mille sponsors yet another year of the Rallye des Princesses, an annual motorsport event no woman can afford to ignore
IF YOU’RE HERE thinking car racing is a man’s sport, we’re here to tell you that it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, some of history’s most daring petrolheads have been women. In the early half of the 20th century, a number of accomplished female drivers won medals and broke records alongside the men, including France’s Camille du Gast, Britain’s Dorothy Levitt and Canada’s Kay Petre. In fact, du Gast was in eighth place at the 1903 Paris-to-Madrid endurance race before she stopped to save the life of another driver – and had caught up to 77th place before the race was cut short due to the number of fatalities. In 1904, the French government outrageously banned women from racing.