Violette Cordery

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Violette Cordery
Born c. 1900 (1900)
England
Died 1983 (1984) (aged 83)
Occupation British racing driver

Violette Cordery, Violet, (10 January 1900 – 1983)[1] (married name Hindmarsh) was a British racing driver and long distance record breaker.[1]

In 1926 she set a long distance record at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy, when she co-drove an Invicta for 10,000 miles at 56.47 mph. In July 1926 she averaged 70.7 mph for 5000 miles at Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, Paris, and became the first woman to be awarded the Dewar Trophy by the Royal Automobile Club.[1]

In 1927 she drove an Invicta around the world in five months, covering 10,266 miles and averaging 24.6 mph. She travelled through Europe, Africa, India, Australia, the United States, and Canada accompanied by a nurse, a mechanic, and an RAC observer.[1]

In 1929, with her younger sister Evelyn, she covered 30,000 miles of the Brooklands circuit within 30,000 minutes, averaging 61.57 mph and earning a second Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club.[1]

By 1930 her 4.5-litre Invicta tourer had completed return journeys from London to Monte Carlo, London to John O'Groats and London to Edinburgh.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cordery was born in London to Henry Cordery and had an elder sister (Lucy)/Leslie and a younger sister Evelyn who also participated in her driving exploits.

Motoring[edit]

Cordery was employed as a driver to captain Noel Macklin of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) at Dover, he had been invalided out of the Royal Artillery in 1915 and subsequently transferred to the RNVR. Macklin was married to her elder sister Lucy.

In 1920 she competed in the South Harting hill climb driving a Silver Hawk, manufactured by Noel Macklin. She also competed in two British Motor Cycle Racing Club handicap events driving an Eric-Campbell, also manufactured by Noel Macklin.

In May 1921 she won the ladies' race at the Junior Car Club meeting, averaging 49.7 mph.

In 1925 she publicised the new Invicta car, also manufactured by Noel Macklin, by racing and breaking records. At the West Kent Motor Club meeting at Brooklands she won the half mile sprint in a 2.7 litre Invicta, and went on other victories and records.

In March 1926 she set a long distance record at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy, when she co-drove a 19.6 hp Invicta for 10,000 miles at 56.47 mph. In July 1926 she averaged 70.7 mph for 5000 miles at Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, Paris, and became the first woman to be awarded the Dewar Trophy by the Royal Automobile Club.[1]

In February 1927 Cordery drove an Invicta around the world, covering 10,266 miles in five months, and averaging 24.6 mph. She travelled through Europe, Africa, India, Australia, the United States, and Canada accompanied by a nurse, a mechanic, and an RAC observer.[1]

In 1929, with her younger sister Evelyn, she covered 30,000 miles of the Brooklands circuit in less than 30,000 minutes, averaging 61.57 mph and earning a second Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club.[1]

By 1930 Cordery's 4.5-litre Invicta tourer had completed return journeys from London to Monte Carlo, London to John O'Groats and London to Edinburgh.[1]

Family life[edit]

Cordery married the racing driver and aviator John Stuart Hindmarsh on 15 September 1931 at Stoke D'Abernon parish church. They had two daughters, of whom Susan married the racing driver Roy Salvadori. Widowed in 1938 by Hindmarsh's death while test flying a Hawker Hurricane, she retired from public life until her death on 30 December 1983 in Oxshott, Surrey. She was cremated at Randalls Park crematorium.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Violette Cordery
  2. ^ The Guardian, 6 June 2012, Obituary - Roy Salvadori, by Alan Henry

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