Growing up in La Sarthe as the granddaughter of one of the founders of Le Mans, racing might seem like a predestined future. For Anny-Charlotte Verney, with an unrivalled ten straight years of competing in the 24 hour race, that certainly proved to be true—even with no immediately family competing in racing. There isn’t much known about her private life or childhood, despite a decently impressive career and holding the record for the woman with the most Le Mans starts. Her name begins appearing in 1972 on entrance lists for rallies, but the scope of her interest in racing is largely unknown. Her grandfather, Louis Verney, was one of the founders of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and her father was the vice president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest—but the rest of the Verney family seemed to have little interest in racing. It was only with Anny-Charlotte’s entrance in the Citroën MEP cup that the legendary name began to make a comeback. Her first year of competition is not well-recorded, aside from winning the Rally Jeanne d’Arc as Raymond Touroul’s co-driver. The rest of that year is largely unrecorded, but it must have been impressive, because in 1973, Verney was rallying as part of the Aseptogyl team, with whom she won the women’s championship title in France and finished ninth overall. 1974 saw the beginning of her endurance career and her incredible decade-long run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. She continued rallying, kicking off her first… [Read full story]
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