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• Pat Moss Carlsson was one of the greatest women rally drivers of all time
• She was also an accomplished horsewoman and a member of the British
• This is her story, as told by navigator, team manager, and friend, Stuart Turner
• Forewords by Sir Stirling Moss (Pat's brother) and Erik Carlsson
• 2010 will mark the 50th anniversary of Pat’s win on the Liège-Rome-Liège rally
Covers the life of one of the greatest women rally drivers of all time, Pat Moss Carlsson.
Sister to Sir Stirling Moss, Pat had a highly successful career in show-jumping before moving into motorsport, going on to become European Ladies Rally Champion no fewer than five times.
The book covers the life of one of the greatest women rally drivers of all time: Pat Moss Carlsson. Pat had a highly successful show-jumping career before moving into motorsport, going on to become European Ladies Rally Champion no fewer than five times. In 1960, with her co-driver Ann Wisdom, she won the Liège, the toughest rally of all, a win as iconic in motorsport terms as her brother Stirling’s famous one on the Mille Miglia.
Stuart Turner is uniquely qualified to write about Pat because he not only navigated for her on British rallies – they took the first win by a Mini together – but was then her team manager at BMC.
Pat later moved from BMC to Ford before having a successful rally programme with Saab, competing in the same team as her husband, Erik Carlsson. She also drove Renault Alpine, Lancia and Toyota rally cars before retiring in 1974, going on to help her daughter Suzy with her show-jumping career. Pat never lost her zest for life, and was once even stopped for speeding ... while towing a horse box.
Featuring 150 evocative pictures, this is an intimate and unique account of one of motorsport’s most formidable women.
BOOK OF THE MONTH. 'A thoroughly entertaining read. Moss was a remarkable woman and this is a fitting tribute. Highly recommended.'
'Stuart is uniquely qualified to write about Pat because he not only navigated for her on British rallies, they took the first win by a Mini together, but was then her team manager at BMC.'
'There is some cracking content in Stuart Turner's account of Sir Stirling's late sister's life. The first few chapters mainly cover her love of horses, but there are still some great anecdotes about her early days. In fact, by the time Turner even touches on Moss' career on four wheels – starting with a 1936 Morris Ten – most people will already be hooked.'
Classic & Sports Car
'Stuart Turner's experience as a rallying contemporary of Pat Moss adds colour and depth to this well-informed biography of one of Britain's greatest drivers.'
'Author and former BMW team boss Stuart Turner knew Pat well and apologises for not being detached from his subject, but he shouldn't. His insight adds depth to a wonderful story, told with humour. Worth every penny.'