Chatting with Victoria Beattie about Stock Cars & Formula Woman
The Formula Woman competitor and I caught up to chat about the value of this opportunity, her favourite racing drivers and more.
Formula Woman is a successful motor racing competition that has returned for 2021/2022. Thousands of women of all ages with a variety of backgrounds from all over the world will enter to see if they have what it takes to become a racing driver.
This week I chat with Scottish Formula Woman competitor Victoria Beattie about all this and more.
Tell us a bit about yourself!
I am a Mum of twins - I have Molly and William who will be 4 this year. It was a complete surprise but I would not change it for the world as they have brought me so much happiness.
I have also worked in the hospitality industry, currently working for Crieff hydro hotel in resort sales. As a teen, I always wanted to do hairdressing but this was not for me so ended up getting an apprenticeship with a local gymnastics club which I already helped at, so I also have women artistic qualifications but since having kids, I don’t have time to keep up a job there.
I love spending time with family and getting out and about exploring with the kids.
Photo Credit: Victoria Beattie
What first attracted you to motorsport?
I never use to like motorsport, I was not keen on it. It was when I met my now fiancé 11 and a half years ago that I started to take an interest. He races saloon stock cars, which means from March to November most weekends involve spending time at a race track. It has become something I love going to and from there got into Formula 1 and BTCC.
How did you come across Formula Woman?
I came across it on Facebook when a friend had shared it. So I looked it to it and wanted to give it a go. I turn 30 next year so I was felt like I have nothing to lose by getting involved!
We caught up to chat about all this, art, cars and much more.
What does this opportunity with Formula Woman mean to you?
It means the world! The fact that I can show my daughter that it’s not just boys who can race and be in to motorsport but she can do it too if she ever wanted to, and also to show other women that we can also race and that is not just men. So it means a lot for me to have my daughter look up to me for wanting to give this a go. And also for my Mum as when I told her about what I had entered in, she was so happy as she applied for it back in 2004 which I never knew so being able to do this for her is amazing.
What have you been doing to prepare for the competition?
I have been working with Conor Moran personal training and going to the body academy in Perth to help get me in shape and have been doing sessions with him but also using his training plan he created for me in the gym. I have also booked in on the 19th August to do the iperformance simulator training as well and to look over the information that Formula Woman have provided for us.
Photo Credit: Victoria Beattie
Who's your favourite racing driver?
I really should say my partner Ian! But I am a massive McLaren fan and would say that both of them are favourites.
If you could race on any track in the world, which would you choose?
I would say my favourite track would be Knockhill as it’s the only circuit I have been to apart from stock car tracks.
What's your favourite film?
Ohh I am a massive Disney fan so hard to pick but a film I have grown to love is Days of Thunder and Talladega night for non Disney films!
Would you rather have a pet dinosaur or a pet dragon?
I would to say a dinosaur as my two love them, don’t think they would be happy is I came back with a pet dragon.
Watch this week's episode of On the Kerbs to find out how Formula Woman driver Becca Taylor linked these three together.
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