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People of Note
Louise Aitken-Walker

Louise Aitken-Walker

Louise was born in 1960 on the outskirts of Duns and brought up and educated locally, attending The Berwickshire High School.

In 1979, her brothers entered her for the Ford 'Find a Lady Rally Driver' without telling her, but she came first out of 2000 entrants.

In 1981, she entered her first Lombard RAC Rally, in which she finished 19th overall. In 1983, she was the first lady driver to win a national rally, and won the Coupe des Dames in the Monte Carlo Rally.

Thereafter, success followed success, as she drove for various works teams. Disaster struck, however, in 1990 with a horrendous crash in Portugal, but, undaunted, she was soon back behind the wheel, and went on to win the FIA Ladies World Title.

In 1991 she was awarded the Jim Clark Trophy for the best perfomance in motor sport by a Scot, and in the same year, the Seagrave Trophy, as most outstanding Briton in any form of transport.

Awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours List in 1992, she retired the following year. Today she is still involved in the sport, not in driving, but in teaching rallying to young hopefuls, when she is not involved in the family motor business with husband, Graham, or bringing up her family - John and Gina. She is also Vice-President of the British Women Racing Drivers Club.

She hopes to see the plan to build a Motor Sport Hall of Fame in Duns come to fruition.

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