Can making chocolate turn you into a faster racing driver?
Driving Bex and I caught up to chat about Formula Woman, her love for Lotus, swimming with Sharks and much more...
Meet Becca Taylor - also known as Driving Bex. She's an entrepreneur who's also a bit of a petrol head. As a result, she's the latest woman to throw her hat into the ring and compete in the 2021/2022 Formula Woman Competition (for more information on that, check out the link below).
We caught up recently to chat about why she wanted to take part in the competition, what it would mean for her to win, what she's been doing to prepare and much more. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
Tell us a bit about yourself!
As you can guess, my name is Becca (also known as Driving Bex), and I am a 22-year-old from Lincolnshire. I am a 2nd year Sociology student at a local university whilst running my own chocolate business. I make everything from chocolate truffles to NYC stuffed cookies, so it is safe to say that I love food too. I also have the dream of becoming a racing driver and working in the automotive industry.
What got you into motor racing in the first place?
My father always loved his cars, and I remember him letting me steer the car whilst he was parking when I was little. My love for cars and driving has been growing constantly, but 2 years ago I was introduced to Lotus Cars and that is where I fell hard. Especially at the Lotus Scare Yourself Sensible day, where I was fortunate enough to have Martin Donnelly (ex-Lotus F1 driver) be my instructor and take me out for a passenger lap. The capability the car had round the track made me aspire to drive even half as well on track one day.
What made you want to get involved in Formula Woman?
I saw an advert on a Facebook page, and I thought it was too good to be true. But it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. Already there is a lovely community of ladies with a mutual interest, motorsport, and opportunities that would have never presented themselves if it wasn’t for Formula Woman. It has made me push myself so much already, and I cannot wait for it to continue.
What are you doing fitness wise to prepare for the competition?
I have always been into health and fitness as I played national Netball until I was 17, but after a bit of time out of the gym, Formula Woman gave me the rocket I needed to get back to peak fitness. Initially I needed to lose some of those lockdown pounds and get my base level of fitness back up. I have currently lost 16lbs and gone from only being able to run 100m, to 10km. But I have just started with a new sponsor (soon to be released) where my training and nutrition will get taken to that next level, shifting to an athletes focus.
What would it mean to you to win the Formula Woman Competition?
I bet everyone who has entered will answer this question the same: “It would mean the world”. Not only would I literally be living my dream, it would demonstrate how if you want something bad enough and are willing to work hard, anything is possible. Also, it will be fantastic to help promote women in motorsport, as I have always found the car scene male dominated from local friends, up to track days. Time to show the men what us girls are made of.
Photo Credit: Becca Taylor
What's your favourite type of motorsport to watch?
Call me old school, but it must be F1. The Netflix series Drive To Survive really connected the story behind each driver and team which makes it all the more interesting.
What's been your favourite car to drive?
I may be biased, but the Lotus Elise. It is a true lightweight drivers’ car and unlike any other car I have driven. The handling, mixed with that supercharger sound work hand in hand to create a truly magical driving experience. And when you get one on track…it is a whole other story.
If you could visit any time period, which would you choose?
I would love to rewind 40 years to see if time was as amazing as our parents make us believe. Also, to see some of the classic cars in their prime.
Which Hogwarts house would you be in?
As much as everyone wants to be in Gryffindor, I believe the hat would put me in Hufflepuff because I will always work hard and be loyal.
Finally, what's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Now this is getting me thinking…it is a close match between opening a chocolate business in the middle of a pandemic and swimming with sharks when I was 12.
We caught up to chat about Formula Woman, fitness, working in motorsport, Han Solo and much more.
Thanks to Becca for her time and I wish her the best of luck in the Formula Woman Competition! If you want to see more of Becca, check out her YouTube Channel here:
What did you think of our conversation? Are you going to enter the Formula Woman Competition? Let me know in the comments below!