A major new exhibition on the part women have played in motorsport is coming to Coventry early in the New Year.

The Women in Motorsport exhibition opens at Coventry Transport Museum in January and will introduce people to the personal stories of women who have made their mark in the fast-paced world of racing.

The event, which forms part of the UK City of Culture programme, will launch on January 29.

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The exhibition has been made possible thanks to a range of motorsport companies, individuals, organisations and heritage partners coming together.

It will celebrate aspirational achievements and historical perspectives on motor racing, as well as current developments such as grass-roots and professional racing.

It aims to offer something for visitors of all ages, from vehicles such as the Jaguar Racing Formula E and Kaye Petrie’s race car, to famed trophies, examples of cutting-edge technologies and rare interviews.

Further highlights include Limited Fundz Junior Dragster, a Williams Racing F1 show car, the college Greencar Kit as well as racing gear from Susie Wolff, Sarah Moore, and even Sebastian Vettel’s famous Same Love t-shirt from the Hungarian Grand Prix.



Doreen Evans, one of the leading female racing drivers of the 1930s, with her brothers Dennis and Kenneth
Doreen Evans, one of the leading female racing drivers of the 1930s, with her brothers Dennis and Kenneth

The exhibition will also feature many interactive elements, including a pit-stop experience, DIY-tracks and projections which allow visitors to race their own designs against each other.

Visitors will also be able to fuel-up their knowledge about the frontrunners of female motorsport and explore their varied roles within the industry through personal stories, as well as capture an exciting glimpse of the future of STEM.

Francis Nielsen, from Coventry Transport Museum, said: “We are hoping the exhibition will inspire future generations to follow in these brilliant women’s footsteps and showcase that there’s a space for women in all aspects of the motorsport industry.

“We wanted to focus on the impact women had on all aspects of motorsports alongside current developments such as grass-roots racing.”



Grace Roaf, who began her employment at G&A Fabrications, a company specialising in steel chassis work and aluminium panel work for road, race and classic cars, in 2016. In 2017 she went on to complete her Level 3 subsidiary diploma in engineering at Brooklands College, earning an impressive distinction grade in every unit
Grace Roaf, who began her employment at G&A Fabrications, a company specialising in steel chassis work and aluminium panel work for road, race and classic cars, in 2016. In 2017 she went on to complete her Level 3 subsidiary diploma in engineering at Brooklands College, earning an impressive distinction grade in every unit

He added: “What better place to demonstrate our ability to innovate – past, present, and future, than in the home of the cycle industry and birthplace of the motor car in the UK.”

Coventry Transport Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of British road transport, including the three fastest cars on the planet.

The new Women in Motorsport exhibition aims to offer a new perspective on diversity within the motor industry.

The exhibition, which will run from January 29 until May 31, is free for GoCV Cardholders and included in the annual admission deal.

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