Currently: TV Presenter
Career Highlights: 1984 Debut race competed against David Coulthard, 2002 became the first women ever to win a Masarati race. Regular TV presenter on Top Gear, 2002 – 2006 Anchor for the British Touring Car Championship
Vicki Butler Henderson started racing in 1984, age 12 years old, in 100cc karts. Her first race was against a very experienced David Coulthard – a fellow Go Motorsport Ambassador! In 1988, aged 17, She moved into single-seaters and hasn’t really looked back, in a career enabling her to combine a love of motor racing with her skills as a journalist and TV presenter.
Her racing escapades have included stints in Caterhams, Renault Spiders, Radicals a Citroen 2CV in the 24 hour endurance race and even a Citroen Saxo in an ice race! She went on to make history by becoming the first woman ever to win a Maserati race in 2002! Respected by all her peers as an extremely competitive driver and a great ambassador for motorsport in general, Vicki has always proved that the girls can mix it with the best of the boys. In her TV and journalism career, Vicki has established a name for herself as a talented presenter across the board, as well as an informed motoring and motorsport journalist working for magazines such as Max Power, Carweek and Auto Express.
She was also News Editor and Road Tester at What Car? Magazine. Her TV career has really started to take off in recent years and she was a regular on Top Gear for four years before moving over to the ‘other side’ to work as a presenter of Fifth Gear on Channel 5. She also kept her knowledge of the sport honed as a presenter of the British Touring Car Championship on ITV for four years between 2002 and 2006.
Vicki is still a proud owner of an MSA Race International C licence as well as a Kart National A and Rally National B Stage, so she is ready for most eventualities! Indeed through her TV and journalism career, she often has to don her crash helmet and overalls and has been seen out on track recently driving a Porsche Carrera Cup, a Renault Clio, a Honda Civic in a 24 hour endurance race, rallying in a Peugeot 206 and recently she drove a 200mph A1 GP car. She gives the word versatile a new meaning.