The cars were then transported by boat to Australia, for the final leg. Four of these were driven by women, and two further crews had female co-drivers. Bron took up rally driving as a teenager and began competing in the late s, when she became Miss Castrol. How to buy a classic car Buying a classic car means succumbing to a mode of transport with a high-maintenance guarantee. The crew got as far as Argentina before the Austin Maxi gave up the ghost. The Daily Mirror World Cup Rally in was considered the most arduous race of its kind in the world, and she was determined to take part.

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Bronwyn Burrell – rally profile

Several thousand pounds of modifications later and Puff, in its original livery, is ready to race, albeit at a slower pace than in In a glorious display of nostalgia, she will compete in her beloved Austin Maxi from nicknamed Puff the Magic Wagon. But really, I only feel about The car is currently having work done, including a new clutch and brakes. It was not revived in I am thrilled to be doing it. Again, the field was a mix of professionals, such as eventual winner, Hannu Mikkola, tally a works Ford Escort, and amateurs, including some celebrities, such as footballer Jimmy Greaves.

My mother told me that you should always have clean knickers in case you fall under a bus.


We had pink, white and blue ones and would just throw them out of the ubrrell when done. K itted out in matching dresses, the all-female team – Burrell, Kerridge-Reynolds and the car’s owner, Tish Ozanne – were a novelty. Her car was an Austin Maxi, continuing the trend for unlikely rally cars winning the Coupe des Dames.

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Published 20 January Nearly five decades on, and at the age of 72, Burrell is back behind the wheel to race again in the very same car. Bron laughs off the very idea of it. Drivers of these cars most likely to drink drive The perpetually-inebriated characters of Withnail and I famously drove a Jaguar Mk2, but these are the cars most likely to be driven while drunk.

Bronwyn Burrell made her name as a rally driver nearly five decades ago but bronwym up her motor sport career at the age of 27— only to return to competing last year. Today you might expect Bron, now 72, and Tina, 77, would be content with a gentler lifestyle. Last April, Bron went to see the car for the first time in more than 40 years. Me and My Motor: Of course, in those days there burrrll no health and safety.

With her all-female crew she departed from London en route for Mexico City, tackling jungles, deserts and mountains until their adventure came to a shuddering end when they got stuck in a ditch outside Buenos Aires. Read the full article. But Burrell said they never encountered any sexism. The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated.


They had braved rivers, deserts, jungles and mountains on the gruelling trip, and were even offered guns by the race organisers in case they encountered bandits. We’ve noticed you’re adblocking.

We had pink, white and blue and would just throw them out of the window when done. As with the rest of the entry, the female contingent was a mix of seasoned professionals and enthusiastic adventuresses.

Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription. February burrwll Tina says of the European leg: The route between London and Munich was not long or dramatic enough, so the organisers added in a huge loop through Spain, North Africa, and burrekl far south as Nigeria, before travelled back up through Turkey, the Balkans and Italy, to Germany.

A final big marathon rally was held ina new edition of the original London-Sydney event.