Lorraine Gathercole (1965 – 2022)

Thursday 29 September 2022

Motorsport UK is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Lorraine Gathercole, Chair of the British Women Racing Drivers Club (BWRDC), racing and rally driver. 

Known throughout the UK’s motorsport community for her laughter, kindness, and championing of female participation in all forms of the sport, Lorraine passed away after a brave and determined battle with cancer. 

A competitor for over a quarter of a century, starting back in 1985 in a Mini Midget, Lorraine’s achievements on-track include the 2001 MG Owners Club Championship, the BWRDC Embassy Trophy (now Mary Wheeler Memorial Trophy), as well as a Le Mans Classic win in 2012 with her husband, David, and success in Formula Ford, Group 6 Sports Prototypes and a Lotus Elan 26R. 

More recently, Lorraine had been competing in a Lola 212 at British and European circuits, as well as a Ford Escort Mk1 on the rally stages, including a strong finish at the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally. 

Lorraine leaves behind a 20-year legacy as part of the BWRDC, having served several committee roles as varied as Club Secretary, Press Officer, and Vice Chair, before being elected as Chair in 2017, then re-elected in 2020. 

Lorraine will also be remembered for her tireless efforts to promote the Club, and the exploits of its members, on and off-track. In 2012, she masterminded and delivered a sponsorship scheme to fund the BWRDC’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. At the 2014 Walter Hayes Trophy, her vision, determination, and resourcefulness set a new British record for the most female racing drivers in a single race, at 29. 

At Motorsport UK, Lorraine has served as Chair of the Historic Committee, leading agenda items and offering an invaluable perspective from her many years of experience. 

Motorsport UK extends its sincere condolences to her husband, David, her family and friends, and to everybody within the community who knew her.