Elizabeth "Betty" Haig was born in 1906, the great-niece of Field Marshal
Haig. She owned her first car at the age of sixteen and went through a
series, including a Salmson and a Singer Le Mans. At twenty nine, she
entered her first event: the Paris-St. Raphaël Rally in 1935. She drove a
Singer, partly factory backed, competed at Brooklands and won the 1936
Olympic Rally which was centred on Berlin, tying in with that year’s
Olympics. In 1938, she drove in the Paris-St Raphael again, for the last
time before the war, in the MG, finishing second, reportedly after being
held up on a stage by another competitor.
Betty partnered Yvonne Simon to fifteenth place in the 1951 Le Mans race, in Yvonne'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 Ladies’ 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 Ladies’ Whitsun race in an AC Ace, and
raced a Climax-engine Elva the following year. She continued to race and
rally numerous cars until 1967 and was a major force for the establishment
of the Historic Sports Car Club.