Motor racing is not a sport normally associated with the northern winter months -- but in the United Kingdom the people who run the Brands Hatch circuit about 25 miles (40 kilometres) from London decided a few years ago that it would be a good idea to hold a Christmas meeting.
CU: Juliette Slaughter seated in racing car.
GV: cars down hill and into bend after start.
GV PAN: Juliette Slaughter in car number 73 overtaking car number 56.
GV: Slaughter racing into bend
GV: can number 78 racing down straight.
TV PAN: Slaughter following car number 4.
SV PAN: car number 2 John Brindley, leading, followed by car number 22 Eric Cook.
GV: cars round bend
TV: winning cars numbers 2 and 22 crossing finishing line (2 shots)
TV: Slaughter passing flag in fourth position.
GV ZOOM TO: result board.
SV: John Brindley on winning car with girl-friend Juliette Slaughter.
CU: Brindley and Slaughter kissing.
SLAUGHTER:"In 1978 I hope to be driving a two litre Lola in the Sports Car Championships in the U.K. which will be grounding for my ambition, which is Grand Prix racing. I'd like to be the first woman to beat Niki Lauda."
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Motor racing is not a sport normally associated with the northern winter months -- but in the United Kingdom the people who run the Brands Hatch circuit about 25 miles (40 kilometres) from London decided a few years ago that it would be a good idea to hold a Christmas meeting. Their first effort was a resounding success and since then it has become an annual event.
SYNOPSIS: Star attraction this year was Best Woman Racing Driver of 1977 Juliette Slaughter.
Testing her skill against the male drivers who have had things very much their own way throughout the history of Grand Prix racing Juliette took part in the Production Saloon car race at Brands Hatch on Tuesday and held her own against some pretty fierce competition. Driving a Renault 5 TS she stayed well up in front of the field for most of the 10 lap race.
Here's Juliette in car number 73. Daughter of a Northampton clergyman who once raced himself, Juliette has been racing for five years. This year she broke two lap records against all comers, won a principal ladies' event and was placed in several saloon car races. Leading this event at Brands is Juliette's boyfriend John Brindley driving car number two -- a BMW. Eric Cook in a Mazda -- number 22 -- held second place for most of the race.
And this is how they finished. Brindley first, Cook second, Hamish Irvine in an Opel third -- and Juliette fourth. At the moment a woman driver up among the leaders in an open event is still something of a marvel. But not for long.
If Juliette Slaughter and others like her keep up their efforts perhaps one day soon there might even be a woman World Champion.