A 22-year-old Chinese girl living in Singapore is gaining steady recognition in Asian motor racing circles as a competent driver.
SV Anne Wong walks to desk & sits
CU Clippings in folder (5 shots)
SCU PAN Trophies & typewriter (2 shots)
SV Books on shelf
SV & CU Anne Wong a sponsor (5 shots)
SV & CU Anne Wong in workshop tinkering with engine (3 shots)
SV Bonnet out of car
SV Anne Wolf into car puts on mask & gloves (3 shots)
GV Start of race
GV Anne Wong along straight (2 shots)
GV Ditto (3 shots)
LV & SV Cars approaching finish line
CU & SV Anne Wong chatting to officials after race
Initials SGM/2230 SGM/2300
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: A 22-year-old Chinese girl living in Singapore is gaining steady recognition in Asian motor racing circles as a competent driver.
Anne Wong became interested in motor racing at an early age. During her education in Britain, she tried to enter a motor racing school at Brands Hatch but schooling had to take first priority. When she returned to Singapore, a friend entered her in the 1970 Grand Prix Clubman's race in a modified Hillman Imp. Although she was forced to retire, Anne Wong caught the eye of a wealthy Macao casing owner who sponsored her for a novice race in the Macao 1970 Grand Prix. She finished second. In the later production car race, she finished first and has been offered a contract by a major European racing organisation for the 1971 season.
Several male competitors in Sunday's (21 November) Macao race were wary of Anne, but she finished well down in the field.
She finds time to write a motoring column for one of Singapore's newspapers, but her main ambition is to reach the top in motor racing circuits. For Southeast Asian racing fans, she is the first example of women's liberation to reach fame.
SYNOPSIS: Anne Wong, a 22-year-old Chinese girl living in Singapore has been credited with taking the Women's Liberation movement to Southeast Asia. But she has not reached prominence through demonstrations or brassiere-discarding ceremonies. Anne Wong is a racing driver. She writes a regular motoring column for a Singapore newspaper and has caught the attention of sponsor companies for her skill on the track.
She first became interested in motor racing in Britain during her school days. When she returned to Singapore, a friend entered her in a novice race during the 1970 Singapore Grand Prix. Although she was unplaced, Anne Wong impressed several officials and they pressed her father into building a racing Mini for her.
Between races and writing her motoring column, Anne helps out in the workshop with her car.
This year, at Sunday's Macao Grand Prix, Anne was entered in the production car race. She was defending her 1970 title against an all-made field and was among the four favourites picked to win this year's event.
This year, however, she finished well back in the field.
Despite her failure in the race, Anne was noticed by a European sponsoring organisation and has been offered a contract for the 1971 season. Racing observers are picking her for a successful career, and judging by her performances so far, she looks like becoming one of Southeast Asia's best drivers.