Snapshot, 1954: There’s snow stopping Gilberte Thirion
A premier women-only motorsport event, the ‘Rallye Paris - St. Raphael Féminin’ ran, on and off, from 1929 until 1974. Its heyday was in the 1950s and '60s, when Works teams and the most famous of female drivers contested the rally, the latter of whom included Belgian Gilberte Thirion. Here, she looks deep in thought having tackled a particularly snowy stretch into the Italian village of Sestriere. Her concentration will pay off – Thirion is set to finish third overall, and claim victory in the 2,000cc class. Later in the year, she will be rewarded with her first solo overall win.
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