Looking back at Mrs Brenda Dickinson, one of the first Lola drivers.
Below Robert Ashton tells the story of Lola Mk1 driver Brenda Dickinson.
"The lady concerned is 86 years of age and lives in Lincolnshire. She still drives! Her name is Mrs Brenda Slater, she was formerly Mrs Brenda Dickinson and prior to that her maiden name was Brenda Rowlands.
Brenda married a Peter Dickinson in 1958, Peter at the time had an Austin Healey sports car & shortly after marriage they purchased together a small filling station on Belper Road Holbrook in Derbyshire. They developed the business in the late 50s and renamed it Venture Garage which operated between 1959 & the late 1960s under the Dickinson ownership.
Brenda & Peter, in late 1959, employed a F1 mechanic to run the workshop as Peter had a Lotus 15 and Brenda a Lotus 11. Brenda & Peter purchased a Mk1 Lola chassis number BY-3 which was one of the aluminium bodied cars fitted with a 1098cc Coventry Climax engine from Alan Rees in 1961 at a cost of around £1000. Brenda purchased it through the Venture Garage, she then entered the Lola with herself as the driver from 1960.
This MK1 was sold by Peter & Brenda to Tony Hegbourne in 1961. Later in the 2000s Brenda met up with Lola again in the form of a visit to see the iconic 600 DKJ, the first Mk1 built.
In 1962 they purchased two further Lola's with fibreglass bodies.
It us unknown what became of them from that point. No information exists after 1965.
In July 1964 Brenda joined the British Women Racing Drivers Club (BRDC).
In late 1964 Brenda began to race an Elva with a Coventry climax engine as the Lola's had been sold but apparently carried on competing in 1964 in the UK.
Brenda has a full set of films with coverage of races from 1960 onwards featuring both Lola models."