World's oldest rally navigator dies at 103
Dorothy Caldwell, mother of F1 boss Alastair, took up rallying at the age of 94!
Dorothy Caldwell is proof that you're never too old to try something new! She sadly passed away recently, but not before securing her place in the Guiness Book of Records as the world's oldest rally navigator! Amazingly Dorothy didn't take up rallying until she was 94, she competed in events around the world navigating for her son, Alastair Caldwell. If you're an F1 aficionado then that name will ring a bell. Dorothy's son Alastair was team boss at Mclaren F1 during their most successful era, managing the likes of James Hunt and Nelson Piquet.
Kicking up the dust on the Haka Classic Rally
Alastair was delighted that his mum chose to join him on the classic rally circuit, telling me "Mum's amazing! People think she just sits there and enjoys the view but no, she reads the road book, pulls the trip counter and works out the timings." There was no new fangled GPS for Dorothy though, traditional maps all the way. The mother and son team competed in events across America, Burma and New Zealand; Dorothy's homeland since she moved there from the UK in 1950.
Dorothy and Alastair celebrating 7th place on the Haka Classic Rally of New Zealand, and her entry into the Guiness Book of Records
Alastair's classic rally car selection includes a Porsche 912 and a super rare 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C SS Torpedino but there was only one car in his collection that mum would travel in, the 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III. To quote the great lady herself "I love doing all the travelling but I will only go in the Rolls-Royce because anything else is too uncomfortable." Well at the age of 98 on her last rally she deserved a little luxury! There was one other rule Dorothy had when it came to rallying, wherever in the world they went she must have access to a decent cup of tea! ""They don't make proper tea in places like America so I like to take my own wherever I go." A sentiment I agree with whole-heartedly!