Bonhams panel showcases women with wheels

Maria Costello in competition on her motorcycle | Bonhams photos

Four women who have made their mark in motorsports will be featured in a special event November 29 being staged by Bonhams at its Bond Street offices in London. Held amid the cars consigned for the annual Bond Street Sale, the free event is designed “to show the diverse range of options open to young women who wish to pursue a carer or hobby in the motoring sector,” Bonhams said.

“We have organized this event to showcase the huge variety of options open to women with an interest in motoring,” noted Poppy McKenzie Smith, Bonhams motoring press officer. “We want to encourage young women to pursue motoring and motorsport as a hobby or a career, and hope that the diverse experiences of Amy, Elspeth, Jamie and Maria will help demystify the roles that women can play in this vast and fascinating industry.”

Featured in the panel discussion and question-and-answer session will be:

Maria Costello

•  Jamie Chadwick, first woman and youngest-ever winner of the British GT championship, who recently became the first woman to win the country’s F3 championship.

• Elspeth Beard, the first British woman to ride around the world on a motorcycle, an adventure she shares in her book, Lone Rider.

•  Amy Shore, automotive photographer and youngest-ever UK ambassador for the Nikon camera brand.

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•  Maria Costello, who held the fastest lap record by a woman in the Isle of Man TT course, was the first woman to reach the podium in an Isle of Man motorcycle race, and who has been honored with the Order of the British Empire. She recently was elected the first woman president of the Time Trial Racers Association.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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