We are delighted to announce that our special guest at this year’s prizegiving will be Louise Aitken-Walker MBE.
For those that don’t know, Louise is the first-ever FIA Ladies World Rally Champion, with a highly successful motorsport career.
Louise’s career began in 1979 when she was entered in Ford’s ‘Find a Lady Rally Driver’ competition, without her knowledge, by her two brothers and was a winner from 2000 entrants.
It spanned fourteen years up to 1993 when she retired to have a family. During those years she was the first woman to win a National Rally outright, survived a horrific crash in Portugal and became the first, ever British driver to win a world title – FIA Ladies World Rally Champion.
Louise’s first competition was in 1979 when she was entered into Ford’s ‘Find A Lady Rally Driver’ contest, without her knowledge by her two brothers and was the winner from 2000 entrants. Two years later she finished 19th in her first rally GB. She contested the 1989 British Touring Car Championship, finishing fourth in points.
The pinnacle of Louise’s 14-year career was becoming the 1990 Ladies’ World Rally Champion. In 1990 she was awarded the prestigious Segrave Trophy, which is presented for a remarkable achievement on land, sea or through air by a British subject. Other recipients include Lewis Hamilton, Stirling Moss, Damon Hill, Amy Johnston and Donald Campbell. She was also inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Since retiring Louise has divided her time between developing Aitken-Walker Cars with husband Graham, taking part in motor sport events such as The Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally in 2008 and fundraising for a variety of charitable causes. She was recently involved in a remarkably quick Three Peaks Challenge fundraiser with four other local residents in a time of 17 hours that raised over £46,000 for Cancer Research, The Meningitis Trust and The MacMillan Nurses (Louise was the designated driver!).