Speed Queens

Archive picture of the Speed Queens Austin Maxi in action

Saturday 28th April, 2018

Join us for this special Friends evening and meet two of the original three Speed Queens and their Austin Maxi ‘Puff the Magic Wagon’.

Back in 1969, British Leyland launched a significant new family car, the Austin Maxi. One of the first 500 cars off the Longbridge production lines was set aside for a very special task to help promote sales of the new Austin Maxi model.

The Speed Queens with Austin Maxi ‘Puff the Magic Wagon’This car was to be driven by three pioneering women drivers, Tish Ozanne, Katrina Kerridge and Bron Burrell, a rare and exceptional all – female team, in the 1970 Daily Mirror World Cup London to Mexico Rally.

After some other limited events Puff fell into disuse and Bron moved onto other rally cars before retiring from competition. In 1997 Puff was found in a chicken shed and went through several owners. That is until 2013, when Bron Burrell was reunited with Tina Kerridge and her beloved Puff after life events drove Bron to seek out some of her rallying past.

Bron re-discovered the little car at Fenland Fair, where she was also reunited with Tina and some of the original service crew. Puff’s owner on realising that Bron was one of the original Speed Queens offered the car for sale immediately to allow the reunion to be complete.

Nearly 50 years after they set off on the World Cup Rally the original Speed Queens have put themselves back behind the wheel and subjected themselves to Rally School again!

Speed Queens Austin Maxi in actionIn 2017, with the national and international media following all of their adventures, the dream team took part in many rally events including a nostalgic re-run of the first part of the World Cup Rally by taking part in the HERO London – Lisbon rally. The team achieved a very commendable third in class and finished 39th in a top class field of 80 teams.

We are delighted to be hosting an evening with Bron, Tina and Puff. So come along and meet the inspirational Speed Queens and “Puff The Magic Wagon” the little car with a big history.

The evening will be held in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre at 7.30 pm. The Museum will be open from 6.00 pm (at no extra charge). A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre for the purchase of beers, wines and soft drinks.

Tickets are £7.50 for members of the Friends of the National Motor Museum, £10.00 for non-members.

To purchase tickets for this event please send remittance to Theresa Browning, Friends’ Secretary, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN (cheque made payable to National Motor Museum Trust). Alternatively please call Theresa on 01590 614792 or email friends@beaulieu.co.uk

Please provide an email address in any correspondence as tickets will now be sent electronically where possible. If tickets are required by post, please provide a S.A.E.

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