Dorothy Levitt (1882-1922)
Dorothy was Britain’s foremost female motoring personality of the Edwardian era. She raced for the Napier team in Britain and Europe between 1903 and 1908, as well as setting women’s speed and distance records in Napier and De Dion cars. Her biggest win was the Racing Car Sweepstake Handicap at the 1905 Brighton Speed Trials. She competed in French hillclimbs and the Herkomer Trial in Germany, where she won a silver plate.
Her career was supported by Selwyn Edge of Napier, but their relationship broke down in 1908 and she took to writing, producing “The Woman and the Car” in 1909. She withdrew from public life in 1913 and died in 1922, aged 39.
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