One of the downsides of travel is that you don't get to read your local newspapers, so you aren't always sure that what is news where you are is also news back home.
Yeah, you could read it all on the Internet. But this blog notwithstanding, I'm really a newspaper sort of guy.
So I don't know if the passing of Pat Moss Carlsson got reported back home. She died last month, aged 73, from cancer.
She was the younger sister of Sir Stirling Moss, who some rank as the greatest racing driver of all time, certainly the best who never won a World Championship.
Both Moss siblings got their initial interest in horsepower one horse at a time, in equestrian events. She followed her brother into motorsport, and soon became a force in International rallying, not merely in the Ladies' events that typically ran in parallel with the "real' rally, but overall as well, winning the rugged Liege-Sofia-Liege event in 1960 in an Austin-Healey.
In that year she also met Swedish rally champion Erik Carlsson, whom she married five years later. They had one child, a daughter.
I have always thought that motorsport was one sport where women could compete on a equal basis with men, because there is no particular advantage to be gained from upper body strength or size, areas where genetically, men typically are superior. Indeed, smaller, lighter bodies, and greater pain tolerance - if you're designed to give birth, you can withstand darn near anything - should give the advantage to women.
It's usually a cultural thing; women athletes simply don't tend to be attracted to motorsport.
Pat Moss was a proven exception.