Britain’s top female racing presenter, Vicki Butler-Henderson, was born into a sporting family and started racing at age 12. She has since become a road tester for Auto Express and What Car? magazines, a motoring journalist, and founding-presenter for Channel Five’s Fifth Gear.
She started racing karts when she was twelve. She even competed in one race that featured David Coulthard. After several years spent competing around Britain, at the tender age of 17 she started her career as a racing instructor at circuits such as Brands Hatch and Silverstone, as well as spending a year living and working at Knockhill in Scotland.
She has competed in series such as Formula First and the 2000 Pentel Ginetta Championship. She has also raced in many other events, such as the Porsche Cup, Radicals, the Speyside Stages Rally, a combine harvester race, a 24 hour 2CV race and, on two occasions, as navigator for ITV’s Formula One pit reporter Louise Goodman, in the Rallye Sunseeker.
At the 2004 British Grand Prix meeting at Silverstone, Vicki Butler-Henderson and her co-driver, fellow journalist Matthew Marsh, won the Maserati Trofeo race, an event described by Vicky as one of the best moments of her life. Vicki became the first woman ever to win a race in a Maserati.
Vicki Butler-Henderson made her television debut in 1994, racing a Ford Fiesta at Brands Hatch in a one-off piece for BBC2’s Top Gear and was a regular presenter from 1997 until December 2001, during which time she also presented Top Gear GTI for UK Horizons.
Vicki has co-presented the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show and has guested on other programmes, such as Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, XFM’s Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show and Radio 2’s Steve Wright In The Afternoon.
Other than her presenting work, she is also a successful journalist and has written for Car Mechanics magazine, Carweek magazine, Auto Express magazine and What Car?.
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Vicki Butler-Henderson has voiced or presented advertisements for Wrigleys Extra Thin Ice and Sony Centre, as well as featuring in the Playstation 2 game Gran Turismo 4: Prologue.
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