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

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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.

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