Elizabeth "Betty" Haig was born in 1905, the great-niece of Field Marshal
Haig. She owned her first car at the age of nineteen and went through a
series, including a Salmson and a Singer Le Mans. At twenty nine, she
entered her first event: Junior Racing Drivers Club Speed Hill Climb Chalfont St Peter in 1934. She drove a
Singer, partly factory backed, competed at Brooklands and won a gold medal in the 1936
Olympic Rally which was centred on Berlin, tying in with that yearís
Olympics. In 1938, she won the Paris-St Raphael Rally.
20th May, PrescottFor 1951, she also drove a Cooper for part of the year including:
Betty partnered Yvonne Simon to fifteenth place in the 1951 Le Mans race, in Louis Chinetti's Ferrari 166 MM. They were third in the 2000cc class, having challenged for the lead throughout.
Despite her talent, she rarely competed in major meetings, although she was
a regular on the club scene and enjoyed a considerable hillclimb career,
holding the Ladiesí record at Prescott for six years. Among the cars she
owned and drove were an HRG, a pre-war Frazer Nash and models by MG and AC.
In 1953, she raced an MG Magnette at Goodwood, coming third in a handicap
race. In '55 she drove in a Goodwood Ladiesí Whitsun race in an AC Ace, and
raced a Climax-engine Elva the following year. She continued to race and
rally numerous cars until 1966 and was a co-founder
of the Historic Sports Car Club.