Name – Annabel Jane Meade
Nationality – British
Qualifications – HND Business and Finance and BA(Hons) Interior Architecture
Occupation – Race Driver
Hobbies – Squash, Running, Gym, Rock Climbing, BMF
Favourite Tracks – Brands Hatch and Croft
Weight – 52kg
Heroes – Ayrton Senna, Sir Richard Branson, Julian Metcalfe, Ron Dennis, Sir Frank Williams, Patrick Head, the late Zaha Hadid (Architect), Adrian Newey
Annabel’s racing instincts became apparant when she was drawn to race her BMX at her local track aged just 12. Having had a taste of racing it was natural for her to want to race cars. After having a present to drive at Brands Hatch her racing passion was fuelled, although she knew it would be tough not having come from a racing background or any family interest in the sport and would have to go it alone.
Sadly, a few months after her first taste of motorsport, she was involved in a road traffic accident, taking the following 8 years until she could walk pain free. Her focus and determination to race motivated her recovery, during which she also studied Business and Finance and then Interior Architecture as she knew she would also have to pay for her early racing career. Since then she has developed a successful freelance career in Interior Architecture with many of her schemes having been built in and around London.
Annabel has also now diversified utilising her interest in Business and Finance by creating a successful career as a Forex trader working at home. This gives Annabel the flexability to further commit to her racing career.
Annabel’s racing career was finally underway in 2000 when she competed in the Ford Fiesta Si Championship in Scotland. Despite limited racing experience, Annabel was voted Best Female Racer in Scotland for that year; quite an achievement in her first season having only just made her full recovery.