Female race car driver honoured

The new Foxy Hall of Fame recognises and pays tribute to females in the automotive world, who are leading and inspiring other women to follow in their footsteps.

Foxy is the UK's Foxy Lady Drivers' Club and its first Hall of Fame inductee is Vicki Butler-Henderson who presents the motoring show Fifth Gear.

Not only does she race fast cars but also features regularly on radio, runs driver-training days, has written books, hosts conferences and award ceremonies.


She took some time away from her busy motoring schedule, to answer some questions on her career:

Q: When did you first realise you were a better driver than most men and how did you set about making this your career?

I'm not sure about the first part! Tiff Needell is still a better driver than me. I started racing 100cc karts from age 12 and continued until I was 17 and knew from an early age that cars must be in my life.

At 17 I progressed to race cars and started career in journalism in a variety of car magazines.

Q: Many women buy cars for practical reasons rather than driving excitement. We suspect you have performance high on your "must have" list of features, so what car do you drive for everyday motoring and could any others make it on to your future shopping list?

As well as asking what power a new car has, I'm also interested in the fuel economy! I run a 4.4 V8 petrol Range Rover so I know how ridiculous petrol prices are for big engines. For a bit of balance I have just welcomed a Ford B-Max into the fold and am so excited that I can now pass most petrol stations!

Q: Your book "Vicki Butler-Henderson's 100 Sexiest Cars" does what it says on the cover but we'd like to know which car, regardless of cost, is your favourite and why?

I'm really surprised that a car I drove in 1999/2000 is still my favourite - the Lamborghini Diablo GT. There are no traction control aids on it so it's very much a proper driver's car and I went to Lambo's HQ to pick it up, which was a bit special.

For the full interview with Vicki, click here.

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