Issue Three

by Petrol Mum

Charli Robinson is an original member of Hi5, an Australian children’s musical group and television series of the same name. She is now presenter on Channel 9’s Getaway travel program and she is a self-confessed rev-head who spent her childhood watching V8s at the Bathurst 1000 with her father and sister.

For as long as Dianne Bortoletto remembers, she’s loved the sound of fast cars. She’s worked in motorsport for 20 years, starting her career in London in a top 20 PR agency working on the Orange Arrows F1 account before returning to Australia as Media & PR Manager for WRC Rally Australia. Di currently works with Rally WA, Targa West and Targa South West in Perth where she is based.

Jasmine Abel is a freelance photographer, content creator and social media manager and she created Stay Driven to inspire and motivate others to get out there and drive, and to chase their dreams. Jasmine believes as long as you stay motivated, your dreams are achievable so never give up and most importantly stay driven. Along with photography, her interest in cars began at a young age however, it wasn’t until she bought her first car (an R34 Nissan Skyline) back in 2012, that she really delved into the whole car scene and became addicted!

Barb Cook is an avid motorcyclist of over 30 years. Currently riding a Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom and is one of the founding members of AuStrom, Australia’s national V-Strom Riding group. Barb is founder of Bikers for Autism Australia, Editor in Chief of Spectrum Women Magazine, and author/editor of the book Spectrum Women, dedicated to the empowerment of autistic women.

Amy Nelmes Bissett is a freelance features writer and her work has featured in Marie Claire, Collective Hub, Cosmopolitan and Refinery 29. When she’s not manically typing to deadline, Amy can be found weaving through the New Zealand countryside on yet another road trip, eyeing up Land Cruisers and enjoying some serious off-roading. You can follow her journey at @amynelmesbissett 

Rachelle Wilson is our girl on the ground at the grassroots level of motorsport. Rachelle competes in circuit racing events and is on the Board of Australian Racing Drivers Club (ARDC). Rachelle also actively advocates for increasing female participation in motorsport and is the Program Director of the Women’s Motorsport Development Program, which takes the intimidation out of motorsport for women.

Patricia Mottram’s first car was an MG TD and she has owned and raced MGs, ancient and modern, since then. Patricia and her husband David are keen travellers, as well as being car enthusiasts, and they like to get off the beaten track. They have travelled across Africa, Ethiopia, Libya, Syria, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal and of course China.

Heather Lewis is a Forensic Scientist, professional motorcycle rider, women’s off-road ambassador, photographer, and adventure seeker. She worked for BMW Motorrad, USA influencing women to get out and ride. Heather continues to enjoy getting out and pushing herself to try new things. Most recently being the 2017 Rebelle Rally as a competitor alongside her Driving Partner Jenn Zipp Richmond.

Beth Lily Georgiou is an electric vehicle and motorsport operations specialist from the United Kingdom. She is a passionate adventure, driver, who frequently enjoys taking electric cars to their limits. Beth is an active advocate for electric vehicles & motorsport, solar & renewable energy, a plant-based diet, animals and ocean awareness. Follow her on Twitter @FoxGeorgiou

Popi Bowman has loved cars all of her life – she played with Hot Wheels as a kid and always asked her dad to “drive like a teenager.” In her 20s she worked for Motor Trend magazine, when she also owned her true love: a 1967 Cadillac convertible. More recently she was Editor for Audi and Volkswagen’s Canadian magazines, and Senior Producer for one of Canada’s top automotive websites. Follow her on Twitter @PopiBowman.

Jacki has been a part of the motorsport world for ten years, in everything from public relations and journalism, to social media and production. Having lived and travelled internationally, she can be found in a range of paddocks, from Formula 1, to WEC, V8 Supercars, to IMSA, and everything in between.

Hannnah Gordon has over ten years of experience tinkering with the finest engines in the world being a car mechanic, restorer and car builder. She loves the smell of octane, the noise of a V12 and a short shift gearbox whilst mixing with the old school classic car groups. Hannah also writes about cars and film YouTube reviews, catch her on Twitter @Femalemechanic1.

Vicky is a driven businesswoman who has a unique perspective in the world of motoring. With a love of cars, driving, motorsport and the motoring community she hopes that writing about her adventures will help inspire women to get involved and share her passion.

Megan Cantle hasn’t been involved with motorsport her whole life, but it has certainly become her obsession in recent years. Megan lives and breathe all things motorsport, especially F1 and rallycross and she’s working towards her ultimate goal – working as media or PR in the F1 paddock.

Helen aka Petrol Mum has founded Driven Women Magazine. Helen’s love of cars started with her father and grandfather’s vintage car collecting and continues today through a shared passion with her husband and children.

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