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Ladies in the fast lane to The Supercar Event 2017

PUBLISHED: 11:33 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 05 May 2017

(clockwise from top left) Valerie Chiasson, Katrina Dietsch, Alexandra Legouix and Rebecca Jackson

(clockwise from top left) Valerie Chiasson, Katrina Dietsch, Alexandra Legouix and Rebecca Jackson

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With the testosterone-charged antics of The Grand Tour and Top Gear, it can be all too easy to forget that motorsports aren’t the preserve of motoring mad men. This year, female fans of The Supercar Event, which raises money for The Children’s Trust, are putting their feet down...

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2017

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ALEXANDRA LEGOUIX

Presenter of Eurosport’s World Touring Car Championship coverage, Alexandra has also worked at the Autosport Show, Goodwood and F1. A mad keen supercar fan, she says The Supercar Event is the perfect place to get up close and personal with some of the sexiest cars in the world

Tell us a bit about your first car…

My first car was a Suzuki Samurai Sport. Sadly it was no supercar but I absolutely loved it. Soft top, bullbars and a rhino water skiing across the side... what more could someone want? Sadly, it started to shake if I drove it at high speeds and I think it would have rolled over had I taken it anywhere near a track.

Is your dream car already in your garage?

Dream car in my garage? I wish! One day.

If money was no object, what car would you buy?

At the start of this year I presented the live action arena at Autosport International. During the show, I had the absolute pleasure of driving the new Aston Martin DB11 (as well as a one-of-a-kind Lambo Aventador and the only Vuhl in the world... jammy huh?) I’d put them all in the garage if I could - but I truly loved driving the DB11.

What do you use for your day-to-day run-around?

I have an old-school Audi TT convertible. I love it. Great engine, corners beautifully and looks pretty. It will do for now until I make my millions.

VALERIE CHIASSON

A 28-year-old who has been a pro race car driver for 16 years, Valerie is a Women in Motorsport representative for the FIA, the governing body of motor sport. One of her goals is to inspire young people, which is why she supports The Supercar Event

Tell us a bit about your first car…

My first car on the road was a Ford pick-up. It was a gift from my dad. It was big, but it was a cool first car! My first race car was a racing kart with a 125cc engine.

Is your dream car already in your garage?

When I talk about a dream car or my favourite car, it’s always a race car. I love my GT3 Cup but I’m sponsored, I don’t own that one – yet!

If money was no object, what car would you buy?

For the road, I would say a Bentley Continental. It’s comfortable and one of the most beautiful, luxurious cars in the world.

What do you use for your day-to-day run-around?

A Porsche Cayenne. I love the performance and the stability of an SUV. You have enough space to fit everything in for a family trip, and the motion to drive a beautiful and sporty SUV.

KATRINA DIETSCH

Mum to a two-year-old and pregnant with their second child, car-mad Katrina was introduced to The Supercar Event through husband Peter, who has been involved with the event since it began 11 years ago

Tell us a bit about your first car…

My first car was a brown Austin Metro, which I loved dearly but had to endure a lot of micky taking, mainly because of the colour. My friends couldn’t take it too far though, as I passed my driving test within two months of turning 17 so was one of the first to own a car. I still look back at it with fond memories and laugh about the manual choke!

Is your dream car already in your garage?

The car that currently takes pride of place in my garage is my 1991 Guards Red Porsche 964. I love its retro look and how small and nippy it is. I’ve always dreamt of owning a Porsche and count myself very fortunate that I’m lucky enough to actually have one. I purchased it with money I saved up to put a deposit down on a flat but I then met my husband who owned his own flat, so moved in with him and bought a Porsche instead!

If money was no object, what car would you buy?

I love old classics to look at and love how easy modern day supercars are to drive, but if I had to chose one it would be a mint condition Mercedes Pagoda convertible. I love its classic look and can see myself in it with the top down on summers days with a headscarf and shades.

What do you use for your day-to-day run-around?

My family run around is Volkswagen Tiguan. I’ve always loved VWs and it is a trusted brand. This car is the perfect size for our family – although ask me again in a month or so once baby number two is here and I may say I need something bigger!

REBECCA JACKSON

A racing driver, TV presenter, motoring journalist and businesswoman, Rebecca certainly likes to keep busy but will be hoping to join those revving up at the Dunsfold Park race track this summer

Tell us a bit about your first car…

A C reg Peugeot 205 1.4GR in Topaz blue and I absolutely loved it. It was on steels and I painted them with silver hammerite, I mean, why not? Although enhancements to motors have gone up in the world since then, I did learn a lot and form a very strong bond with this car.

Is your dream car already in your garage?

I still have the Porsche Boxster race car (pictured) we drove to victory together when I won the BRSCC Production Boxster Championship in 2013. After that I modified it to compete in the CARTEK Roadsports Endurance Series and we won our class at the team event Birkett 6 Hour Relay Race, Silverstone. Although I don’t race it any more, I do take it on track days, and it was a poignant piece of the journey to Le Mans.

If money was no object, what car would you buy?

A 993 GT2. Most for sale will have “POA” on the price tag but really I will need close to £1m to buy one! It’s my favourite ever car and makes me go weak at the knees!

What do you use for your day-to-day run-around?

A BMW 4 series at the moment - coupe, big petrol engine, rear wheel drive but with all the necessary everyday comforts that one could want from an everyday driver. I don’t have kids yet so this ticks all the boxes for me!

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Need to know

The Supercar Event takes place on Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25, from 9am to 4.30pm, at Dunsfold Park, the home of Top Gear, near Cranleigh GU6 8HY. Last year the event, which raises funds for the Tadworth-based charity The Children’s Trust, raised more than £100,000. Advance ticket prices: family (two adults, two children aged 4-16), £30; adults, £12; children and concessions, £8. For more information, visit thesupercarevent.com

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