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Gillian & John Goldsmith

Over the years a number of our clients have asked where they can go to get more fun out of their cars, whilst not breaking the law.

The answer is to take the car on track days organised by a number of specialist clubs and organisations.

If required, Gillian Goldsmith of Goldsmith and Young can provide track tuition. She is a fully qualified A.R.D.S. grade "A" instructor and has competed at a high level in many different Aston Martins over a number of years.

Circuit race tuition by a qualified instructor.

Gillian Goldsmith is one of the most respected lady racing drivers of the last thirty years.

She initially started competing in 1970 at Lydden Hill and winning in a formula 1200 REJO, but lack of funding obliged her to further her career by seeking more lucrative drives.


Simultaneously Ford at Boreham, then managed by the well known Stuart Turner, were actively seeking lady drivers to promote as they had realised that women's opinions were an influential factor in the everyday family decision to buy a new car.

Gillian won a gruelling selection process and was then awarded a "works" drive in the early 1970's Escort Mexico Challenge alongside such well known figures as Jody Scheckter, Gerry Marshall, Andy Rouse and Barrie Williams.

In the mid 70's her interests changed to racing horses, both at point to point and, later, when the Jockey Club of Great Britain allowed ladies to ride under "rules", at bigger horse racing meetings such as the famous Cheltenham Festival.

Once again she enjoyed remarkable success on other peoples horses, and the competitive side came to the fore when she became the first ladies National Hunt Champion jockey in 1976.

By the early 1980's she was back to cars again - this time hill climbing Terry Grainger's original 1950 HWM Alta Jaguar and later a well prepared Lotus 23B. She is particularly fond of the famous Shelsley Walsh hill climb in the Midlands.

She has held the class record there on a number of occasions and achieved the fastest time of the day which she took in a borrowed V8 Anson in 1985, in a time of 28.8 secs. This was also, at the time, the outright ladies record.

In addition to the activities above Gillian was reintroduced to circuit racing in 1989 when her husband John invited her to drive his 4.2 litre lightweight Aston Martin DB4. She was immediately successful, and came in second at Oulton Park to well known club racer Ronnie Farmer. Not bad after an absence of 14 years!

Since then she has continued to go from strength to strength driving a number of Aston Martins, including Aston Martin DBR 1 and 2 and Project 214, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and revival meetings.

She has regularly driven the Goldsmith & Young prepared Aston Martin DB4 GT Reg No. 5000 HJ. This car has been to America twice (Lime Rock and Laguna Seca) to race and also competed at Classic Le Mans many times.

Gillian's day job is as a race car instructor based mainly at Thruxton circuit in England. She is available by appointment for private circuit tuition for those who want to be introduced to safe high speed driving via one of the circuit driving clubs, such as Wheeltorque.

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