Wendy Markey – Racing Career

Wendy MarkeyWendy’s racing career was launched in 1973 due to a wager.   She was loaned a Honda N600 and took part in the Production Saloon Car Championship at Oulton Park.  The same year she went onto race a BMW 2002tii in the same championship.  After a successful season, Wendy was offered sponsorship from the Penthouse Club and went on to drive a Mazda RX3 in the Touring Car Championship in 1974. 

1975 was a busy year and included races in the Radio One Production Saloon Championship, achieving  fastest lap in class and the lap record at the Oulton Park.  Wendy was also invited with other female racing drivers from across Europe to compete in the last ladies support race at the Monaco Grand Prix.   Her Mazda RX3 was run and prepared by her then husband John Markey.  Wendy competed in the Britax Production Saloon Championship and achieved many front row positions and fastest laps including Cadwell Park in July 1975.  She also competed in the Shellsport Mexico Ladies Races winning the last race of the season at Mallory Park and finishing 3rd overall in the championship.  She also competed in the European Touring Car Championship at Spa, Bmo, Salzbur and the Nurburgring.  Wendy raced a Mini 1275 during the same period but as with many racing drivers eventually ran out of funds.

Wendy returned to racing briefly in 1985 and raced a Chevron B8 BMW in the Historic Sports Cars Championship.  She also raced  a Lada in a 3 Day Tour of Britain and won the Ladies and Team Award.