Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The Coupe des Dames in the Monte Carlo Rally: Part I


Mildred Bruce with her AC, 1927

The Coupe des Dames was awarded to the best female finisher in the Monte Carlo Rally. The award was first made in 1927, to Mildred Mary Bruce, although she was not the first female driver to contest the event. A Madame Mertens came second in 1925, driving a Lancia Lambda, but no special trophy for female drivers existed as yet.
Below are the winners of the Coupe des Dames prior to 1950. Where possible, full names have been given. The early days of the rally saw considerable success for women drivers, with women in the top ten for several years, in the 1920s and 1930s. For some editions, separate “Coupes” were given for different classes, and these have been included. This is the first part of a series of posts about the Monte Carlo Rally. Part 2 Part 3

1927

1928
Charlotte Versigny (Talbot) – 3rd

1929
Lucy O’Reilly Schell (Talbot) – 8th

1930
Madame M. Doré (Chenard & Walcker) – 9th

1931
Madame D. Jeanne (Rosengart) – 3rd (Light Car)
Lady Eda Jardine (Lancia Lambda) – 14th

1932
Alexandra Lindh (Hudson) – 8th
Morna Vaughan (Triumph) – 6th (Light Car)

1933
Marguerite Mareuse/Louise Lamberjack (Peugeot) – 13th

1934
Simone des Forest/Fernande Hustinx (Peugeot 301) – 17th


Madame Marinovitch and Louise Lamberjack, 1935


1935
Marie-Jeanne Marinovitch/Louise Lamberjack (Ford) – 19th

1936
Marie-Jeanne Marinovitch/Hellé Nice (Matford) – 18th

1937
Greta Molander (Plymouth) – 34th

1938
Germaine Rouault/Madame J D’Herlique (Matford) – 7th

1939
Yvonne Simon/Suzanne Largeot (Hotchkiss) – 8th

1949
Countess van Limburg Stirum/Countess van Vredenburgh (Ford V8) – 12th


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