Here is the inspirational life story of a woman who has proved that size doesn't matter in the world of motorsport. Joy Rainey, a person of restricted growth, has competed her E-type Jaguar in circuit races, hurtled round hill climbs in single-seaters, driven the London to Brighton veteran car run - and in 2004 plans to tackle the London to Sydney Rally in an old Morris Minor. A personality of giant stature, she demonstrates what can be achieved, given innate talent, determination and charm.
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Childhood in leg irons, playing in her father's racing cars, go-kart racing. Travelling between homes in Australia and the UK, studying in Italy and with the Open University, teaching languages. Competing in Dad's 1933 Morgan-JAP three-wheeler, buying her own E-type. Racing a Murrain sports racing car, vintage Alfa Romeos and a Pilbeam single seater racer. Hill climb records, class wins, FTDs and breaking the Shelsley Ladies record before a financial disaster put the brakes on motorsport. Planning the London-Sydney marathon with her co-driver Trevor Hulks, a classic car restoration specialist. Preparing their car, a 33 year old Morris Minor, including fitting it with a 1275c engine. Rally diary: progress, problems, relationships, arrival - and what's next.
Joy Rainey - daughter of Murray Rainey, three-times Australian Formula 3 Champion - grew up with cars and writes motorsport articles for The Daily Telegraph. She lives at Evesham, Worcestershire.