Gwenda Hawkes

Name
Gwenda Hawkes
Other names
née Glubb; married three times, she also raced as Gwenda Janson, and Gwenda Stewart
Birth and death
1894 - 1990
Occupation
Profession details
Motorcycle racer, Racing car driver
Related place
Author
Alistair Grant

Gwenda Hawkes [born Gwenda Glubb and married three times, she also raced as Gwenda Janson, and Gwenda Stewart] (1894-1990) motorcycle racer and racing car driver. In 1935, Gwenda Hawkes beat Kay Petre to become the 'Brooklands Speed Queen', driving a lap of 135.95mph, a record that still stands. She was the daughter of Major General Sir Frederic Manley Glubb, and sister of Glubb Pasha of the Arab Legion, the great adventurer. She served as an ambulance driver in the First World War on the Russian and Balkan fronts, and was given the Cross of St George and Cross of St. Stanislaus.

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