Among the world's most beguiling women are those to be found in the pits and paddocks at the great international motor races: the wives and girl friends, or would-be wives and girl friends, of drivers and crewmen. To Photographer Jerry Cooke, a cosmopolite not given to impetuous judgments, they have a style unique in the venues of sport. Collecting these specimens in Europe and America, Cooke found himself comparing them with the racing cars. "As a group," says Cooke, "they are very elegant, very sleek—fast-looking, I would say—and extremely contemporary. To some extent they all participate in the races, whether by keeping lap charts or merely looking decorative. They are involved. They are, so to speak, on the field. They tend to be young, advanced in dress and, at any given Grand Prix, quite international. I can't think where else there would be such a collection of nationalities." These pages offer a Cooke's tour of the Grand Prix des Dames.
At the British Grand Prix, France's Dominique Vigneron wears a Spanish-style hat as she keeps lap chart, while Victoria Lindsay-Hogg gazes through equally mod specs and Sandy Gambitzi keeps cool in a friend's pit.
At Sebring or Daytona in the U.S. a girl watcher may discover (counterclockwise, from left) Marianne Bonnier keeping lap charts for her Swedish driver-husband, Joakim; the pink-thinking American Driver Donna Mae Mims, who modestly wears an advertising decal over her navel; occasional racer Michael Dearfield viewing the big cars; and fans Dottie Ringler and Renate Buelow.
Continental road racing brings out the gamine cap of Finland's Raija Iskanias, the minidress of France's Anne Ries and the flowing tresses of Italy's Eveline Bonvecchi.