Annette Abaci was competing in her very first long- distance rally in her 1931 Invicta S-type 4.5-litre – one of 68 survivors of the 75 built – bought four years ago and shipped to New Zealand shortly after being restored.
It competed in two races at Brooklands in 1934. However, being built more as a long- distance tourer than a racer, that was the extent of its competition history.
‘It was a challenge for me and the car,’ said Abaci, though she and navigator Julia Edwards won the Coupe des Dames award. ‘It ran flawlessly apart from a small fuel blockage on the penultimate day.’