If today it is a challenge to be a competition rider, participate, compete and earn a place in the world of motorcycling, imagine what it cost to the first women who had the “audacity” to do so more than thirty years ago, when motorcycle competitions were dominated by the male sex.
That was the case of the pilot that we want to remember in this post, Beryl Swain.
Berly Swain was a competition racer driver who was born on January 22, 1936 and died on May 15, 2007. She was the first female driver to compete in one of the most famous races in the world of motorcycling. “TT race” on the dangerous Isle of Man TT. Her participation created a sensation in the world of male-dominated competition, but unfortunately her international license was later revoked due to the sport being perceived as too dangerous for women. So much controversy was created that it ended up calling the attention of the authority who ended up prohibiting women from entering such events, until 1978.
In 1962, the 50cc event was included in the island’s program, leading to World Championship points and Beryl Swain achieved 22nd place in a 50cc Itom at the mountain racing circuit that same year. Berly Swan was married to motorcycle shop owner Edwin Swain in 1958.
Let’s go back in time a bit with this video that shows Berlyl Swain in action.
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