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Gwenda Hawkes

Born as Gwenda Glubb, the sister of Glubb Pasha of the Arab Legion, as Mrs. Gwenda Janson she started her career on motor cycles when in 1922 she tried for the Brooklands Double 12 Hour Record on a 249 c.c. J.A.P. engined Triumph achieving an average of 44.65 m.p.h. Later she teamed up with Lt. Col. Stewart whom she married. Together they operated at Montlhery from premises under the banking.

She married Douglas Hawkes, who prepared her Morgans and her Derby-Miller in 1937 and she is therefore variously referred to in the annals of motor racing history as both Stewart and Hawkes.

On the 6th August 1935 Gwenda Stewart as she was then known, took the ultimate Brooklands Ladies Outer Circuit lap record at 135.95 m.p.h. beating Kay Petre’s record set three days earlier in the 10 litre Delage by only 0.65 seconds.

She also held the outright record at Montlhery in the Derby Special at 145.94 m.p.h. and maintained that she preferred record breaking to racing as to quote her: "It required no driving skill".

 

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