Archive for March 8th, 2015

March 8, 2015

Beryl Swain

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March 8th is a day to honor and celebrate women worldwide. Here we’ll appreciate the achievements of one in a realm dominated by men: road racing. A North London gal, she married a motorcycle dealer and with it a keen interest in fast bikes. She rode a 50cc Itom at various venues such as Snettertop and Brands Hatch eventually becoming the first solo woman to complete a two-lap of the Mountain Course in the 1962 Isle of Man TT. Stirring up the Establishment her international racing license was revoked, the TT waiting another 15 years before women rode in it again. Truly a pioneer and inspiration.

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