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Michèle Mouton- The Rallying Trailblazer

Check out this week’s Femcanic Trailblazer—Michèle Mouton!

Her longtime rival, world champion Walter Röhrl, once said before he raced her in the Rallye Côte d’Ivoire, that he would not accept second place in the championship to Michèle Mouton. “This is not because I doubt her capabilities as a driver, but because she is a woman.” The Opel driver believed that the defeat would have devalued his performances.

This trailblazer was requested by a fellow Femcanic and we can see why. Her story of perseverance and determination as a rally race car driver throughout the 70’s and 80’s is truly inspiring. Against odds like doubt from her male counterparts, doubt over her driving skills, personal challenges, and car/sponsorship issues, she secured four WRC victories, hundreds of stage wins, record times at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and she’s served in various ambassadorial roles throughout racing. The most touching part of her story is that her father saw her passion for racing when she started as a co-driver in her early 20’s and pushed her to get in the driver’s seat—"Mouton’s father wasn’t content to see his daughter anywhere but behind the wheel—if she wanted to continue rallying, he told her, then she’d need to switch to driving.”

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