World’s oldest rally car navigator secures Guinness World Record with no plans to slow down
Many people would say you should slow down when you reach 90, but that means nothing to Dorothy Caldwell, who has officially entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest rally navigator.
Dorothy, 98, originally from Worksop, has been refusing to take it easy for years, and broke the world record while guiding her 73-year-old son, Alastair, across 15 states in a 1965 Roll Royce for a Trans-America Endurance Rally in June 2015.
From the age of six, Dorothy often kept her dad company in the passenger seat and 92 years later, she is proving that age is not a barrier. Dorothy commented:
“Everyone in my family was mad about cars, including my father, uncles and now my sons. I’ve been sitting in cars with people for years and years.”
Despite this impressive feat, Dorothy still has no intention of hanging up her driving gloves! She is planning yet another rally with Alastair, the former team manager of the McLaren Formula One team, who now runs self-storage company Space Station.
Dorothy believes that working as her son’s navigator brought them closer together and it will be a privilege to do it again.
“Since I can remember all my family was into racing, including my brother and then both of my sons. They thought it was great fun and really enjoyed the family time when they were little.
“Rallying can be very competitive, however, we always come first in our class and I’m happy to say I really enjoy navigating.”
While some may find working with family members difficult, Alastair has no such problems with his co-driver. He commented:
“We work very well as a team and we’ve never had a cross word during rallying.”
Dorothy has travelled the world rally circuit since 2011, and has taken the role of navigator on many occasions since then. In 2012, both mum and son completed a 38,000-mile rally from New York to Alaska. However, Dorothy’s favourite rally was the Road to Mandalay, where she navigated through Malaysia, Thailand and Burma.
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