Theo Weblyn (1876 – 1941)
Theo Weblyn was the winner of Britain’s first women’s motor race, held at the Ranelagh Club in 1900. She held off three other women in a handicap sprint around the club’s polo field, as part of the Ranelagh Automobile Gymkhana. Her car was a 6hp Daimler Parisian.
Theo was born Theodora Jessie Weblyn in 1876. She and her elder sister Kate were early motoring enthusiasts who undertook many unaccompanied journeys together. Theo may also have driven on one section of the 1900 1000 Mile Trial, in another Daimler.
Her racing career ended after Kate died young in 1901. Theo herself married twice, and was a widow of 65 when she was murdered at home in 1941.
“Rachel Harris-Gardiner, editor of Speedqueens“