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veloce jun09aFAST LADIES – female racing drivers 1888 to 1970, THE PERFECT GIFT FOR FATHER’S DAY (June 21)

FAST LADIES – female racing drivers 1888 to 1970, a brand new book by Jean-François Bouzanquet, a lifelong classic car collector and racing driver in historic competitions, is an enthralling addition to the automotive collection of books from Veloce Publishing.

Spanning almost a century of motor racing here are over 40 unique portraits of daring, brave women who took part in speed record events, rallies and Grand Prix races alongside their male counterparts – men who were out to prove a point!

Over 400 evocative period photographs illustrate the liberating stories of these trendsetting women – from Hellé Nice, the ‘Bugatti Queen,’ to Violette Morris, the ‘Hyena of the Gestapo,’ and from Denise McCluggage to Pat Moss, sister to Stirling.

The first publication of its kind for decades, Fast Ladies: Female Racing Drivers – 1888-1970, available mid-June, will be of interest to men and women the world over as an example of what the ‘weaker sex’ can achieve, and serves notice to men that whatever they can do, women can do just as well!

veloce jun09dPublished by Veloce at £29.99, this new book gives an exciting insight into the lives of over 40 Fast Ladies – pioneering women racing drivers, all of whom blazed a trail for female emancipation by sweeping aside male resistance in the inner circle of the motoring world.

This 176-page book is available now from bookshops or from

Veloce books make the ideal Father’s Day gift. With subjects ranging from practical do-it-yourself  manuals, through marque and model histories to modern and classic motorsport, at prices  for every pocket, there will surely be something very special for every dad. Plus, if you subscribe to the free Veloce Newsletter ‘On the Grid’ at before Father’s Day, June 21, you will get details on how to claim a special Father’s Day discount as a registered Newsletter reader.

veloce jun09eFAST LADIES – Female Racing Drivers 1888 – 1970
By  Jean-François Bouzanquet
Published June 2009 UK & USA
 ISBN 978-1-84584-225-3
UPC 636847042257
£29.99 UK / $49.00 USA

Liberating stories of the daring women of the car racing world
Captivating personalities; and extraordinary lives!
Covers almost a century of motor racing from 1888 to 1970
Evocative period photographs and illustrations

It took a great deal of determination on the part of women to sweep aside male resistance from the inner circles of the motoring world. A veritable saga with a wealth of illustrations spanning almost a century of motor racing. Over forty unique portraits of daring, brave women who took part in speed records events, rallies and Grand Prix races.

veloce jun09cTHE AUTHOR
Jean-François Bouzanquet lived in a family where automobile was spelt with a capital A. A lifelong collector and racing driver in historic competitions, he had the good fortune to rub shoulders with such “goldmines of memory” as Jaques Potherat, Marc Nicolosi, Jean-Louis Moncet and Johnny Rives, who were to inspire in him a love of history.

Hardback • 23.9x29cm • 176 pages • 400+ colour and b&w photos

View sample pages and sample text on our website – or contact John on 01305 260068/e-mail jun09b

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