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Sue Darbyshire, 52, who works as a designer in the timber industry by day, will be heading to the start line in her three-wheeler 1928 Morgan Super Aero, cheered on by up to 10,000 spectators at the Hill Climb on 11 and 12 July.
Sue and her car restorer husband George, 60, have been involved with motorsport for more than 30 years and throughout their entire married life – tackling their first ever race on their first wedding anniversary. The couple initially started out in sidecar racing with Sue riding as the passenger while George took the helm. The sport can be dangerous and after some painful scrapes, the couple instead decided to buy the three-wheeled Morgan Super Aero racing car around 14 years ago.
Today George is happy to support his wife as she has gone on to achieve success racing in her own right. As a member of the VSCC, some of Sue’s career highlights have included two Fastest Time of the Day records, most recently at Goodwood in 2013 as well as winning the 2012 Klausenrennen International Hill Climb in Switzerland.
She will be competing this year in the Racing Cars over 1100cc and up to 1500cc Pre-1940 class as the only woman in her category, taking on a host of renowned historic racing cars including ERA R12C and the Morgan RIP Special.
Sue recently walked the course with some of her fellow club members and is confident that the Morgan will respond well to the challenging twists and turns of the Hill Climb, particularly if the weather is on her side.
She said: “The Morgan is definitely more of a hill climb car as we’re often outgunned on circuits because of our engine size. A lot of people are quicker than me, but the car really comes into its own in the rain, so I’ll be hoping for a shower or two. Great for us, but not so good for the spectators!”
While we hope that the Hill Climb will take place on a bright and sunny weekend, we wish Sue the best of luck and look forward to seeing how she fares against the fierce competition in her class.