Women World Car of the Year



    The Women’s World Car of the Year is delighted to announce the appointment of a new judge to the voting panel. She is Victoria Macmillan Bell from the UK.

    Victoria’s entry into the automotive world came via a stint presenting BBC Top Gear for UK Horizons. She set out to address the gap for female motoring in the lifestyle press and approached editors of lifestyle and fashion magazines both in the UK and in the USA. This resulted in British Cosmopolitan running their first motoring page.

    In a career spanning 11 years to date, she has driven the most basic car to the most technically advanced and written and spoken about her thoughts for national and international press, in print and broadcast.

    These include The Telegraph, the Independent, handbag.com, Condé Nast Traveller and British Vogue.  She has been a regular guest on radio shows around the UK and was one of the hosts on stage at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.  She has even discussed the merits of the British versus Indian transport systems with the late ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, on live BBC radio.

    When she’s not motoring and writing about it, she does voice-over work for radio and television.  Her most recent work was for the Spanish Tourist Board with a campaign to visit Spain

    Victoria is also involved in two charities – as a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia and is a patron of WOMAC – Women On The Move Against Cancer, which was set up by motor industry colleagues to assist not just cancer patients themselves but their families too.

    “I’ve met a considerable amount of people during my career who influence the way we drive and view cars from designers to chassis engineers, heads of marketing and automotive brands worldwide.”

    On her exciting life on and off the road she rates driving in the Mille Miglia across Italy in a Jaguar XKSS, traversing the northernmost points of Australia in a pick-up and driving a Rolls-Royce Phantom from Cape Town across Namibia to the border with Angola as some of the most unforgettable high points.

    Victoria lives near Chichester, West Sussex and carries both UK and NZ passports thanks to her mother, who was from Dunedin, New Zealand.

    More information can be obtained from her website www.victoriamacmillanbell.com

    Principal organiser of the Women’s World Car of the Year, Sandy Myhre of New Zealand, says the inclusion of Victoria Macmillan Bell adds an important dimension to the jury panel, particularly in the UK and represents the continuing growth of the awards.

    Several of the judges from the Women’s World Car of the Year this year presented trophies (made in India) and certificates to the winning car companies at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September. Next year’s awards are expected to be announced in the first quarter of 2012.