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Margaret Mabel Gladys Jennings

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Margaret Mabel Gladys Jennings (née Allan; 26 July 1909 – 21 September 1998)[1] was a Scottish motor racing driver. As Margaret Allan (sometimes erroneously "Allen") she was one of the leading British female racing and rally drivers in the inter-war years,[2] and one of only four women ever to earn a 120 mph badge at the Brooklands circuit.[3] During the war, Jennings worked as an ambulance driver and then at Bletchley Park's intelligence de-coding centre, and afterwards became a journalist and was Vogue magazine's motoring correspondent from 1948 to 1957

Margaret Allan was born in Patterton, Renfrewshire, in July 1909. She was the daughter of James Allan, a member of the wealthy Scottish-Canadian family who owned the Allan Line steamship company.

In 1937 she married Christopher Jennings, later editor of The Motor, and retired from racing. They had one son.

1998 Obituary.[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Brooklands Society Gazette Vol 23. No 4. 1998