The story of the driver rated by many as the best woman ever to race cars, and the most capable ever to have driven in Formula One. Her 50-year career began at the age of five in South Africa, moving to Holland and England and then to the USA, before gaining renewed life at the famous Goodwood Revival historic events. This fascinating story shows that a woman can, and did, fight her way to the top of motor sport.
From a five-year-old girl racing 60 mph micro-midgets in South Africa to a Formula One driver in the British Championship in her first year racing in the UK, and on to becoming the first and only woman ever to win a Formula One race, Desiré Wilson was a winner bested by very few of her male rivals.
But single-seater racing was just the start of Desire's ascent in motor sport. She won two FIA World Endurance Championship races in 1980 and went on to compete in well over 130 different types of race car at nearly 100 race tracks around the world. Always competitive, she earned a reputation for an intense, no-nonsense approach to her racing, shrugging off the media glamor to focus on the hard grind of staying competitive in one of the world's toughest sporting arenas.
Moving to the male-dominated world of North American racing, Desiré became a pioneer for woman racing in the harsh worlds of IMSA GTP and Indy Cars, facing discrimination, financial problems and other obstacles ranging from tragedy to farce. Her career is unique in the world of racing, encompassing everything from club racing to Formula One and World Championship Sports Cars, to the evil monsters of the IndyCar World Series - the world's fastest race cars. Her's is a story of hardships, fun, tragedy, perseverance, injury and the amazing behind-the-scenes world masked by the public face and glamor of racing. It tells, too, of the consequences of politics and discrimination in the male world or professional racing.
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