WHEN you think of an anniversary getaway you might imagine sun, sand and a view to die for.
But for this grandmother, speeding down dirt roads at 140mph is the ideal holiday.
Cheryl Spencer is a self-confessed car addict, and is returning to the Barbados Sol Rally for the third time in May for the event.
The 52-year-old is looking forward to going back after impressing in 2008.
‘It was a whirlwind experience, in my first ever rally I came 41st,’ she said. ‘The whole thing is brilliant, I can’t describe it.’
Cheryl, from Portchester, bought her first rally car in 2007, and she hasn’t looked back since.
The Call Car UK worker even got married in Barbados between races, as reported by The News in 2008.
Her husband, Barry, is someone who shares Cheryl’s passion, and will be her co-driver in the event this summer.
Cheryl stated that she got the idea to race again after booking a holiday to Barbados with her husband to celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary.
‘I am good friends with Chris Williams, who is involved in the race, and he asked me if I fancied racing again.
‘He told me I could use his car rather than bring mine out to Barbados, so I made my decision to enter.’
Cheryl is the only female driver to have applied and hopes to impress in her new car when she returns. But sponsorship is proving a stumbling block in the way of the rally-mad nan’s return to rally car driving.
‘Sponsorship is very hard to come by,’ she said.
‘Currently, we have Waterfront Repair Centre on board and they have paid for our tyres and other equipment.
It costs £800 for two rally suits, so it is not cheap to fund.’
Cheryl is looking for new sponsors. If you want to sponsor her rally car in Barbados, contact her on 07525 258517.