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October 2014 Monthly Luncheon
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EWTG October Monthly Luncheon Meeting
October 22, 2014
Judy Ray, 'Hot Rod Grandma'

 

The October 22, 2014 EWTG Monthly Luncheon Meeting will feature Judy Ray, high-performance vehicle driver, grandmother, and BMW salesperson.  Judy's favorite driving experiences have taken place at the famous Nurburgring Nordschliffe in Northwestern Germany where she has competed successfully for many years. She has also enjoyed numerous other European circuits such as Spa Franchorchamps, Paul Ricard Formula One Test Track, Saltzburgring, A-1Ring, and Zandvort.

Judy's entertaining presentation will draw on her experience as a mother of five, an entrepreneur, and years in motor sports and car sales person.

Make plans now to join us for a chance to meet and hear from one of the fastest grandmothers in this city, and perhaps state.

 

Judy Ray, also known as the ‘Fastest Grandma in the West’, is happy to be back in Texas after spending 15 years in California and traveling the world teaching high performance driving and racing.  And, yes, she is still actively driving/teaching and racing!!

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Program begins at noon; Networking at 11:30AM; Lunch service at 11:45AM

Austin Woman’s Club
708 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701
$20 for Members; $25 for guests
 

Complimentary, self-parking parking in the Austin Woman’s Club parking lot

Through a unique set of circumstances that is a story of its own, Judy started competing in 1982 with Porsches when she lived in Houston and went on to compete successfully on a national and international level.  She participated in the American Lemans Series as a driver in the first ever racing series for women and has used that experience to inspire women in all walks of life to ‘step up and think outside the box!

After a move to California to start her own high performance driving and racing business, Judy has enjoyed driving experiences in BMW’s and other types of cars all over the world to include many days at the famous Nurburgring in Germany, at Spa Franchorchamps in Belguim, Paul Ricard Formula One Test Track in France, the A1 Ring in Austria and Zandvoort in Amsterdam to name a few.  She has competed successfully in all types of races from sprint racing to 25-hour endurance races.  Her most recent race was just two months ago at Virginia International Raceway where she was on a team for a 24-Hour Endurance Race.

 

Teenage drivers have been a strong focus of her training programs which are especially designed toward safety and for 15 years she has pushed for giving them an opportunity to learn, not just be criticized!!

 

Following her successful years with the largest BMW store in the West where she was in the top three in sales for 12 years, Ray sold her house and decided to move back to Texas and started working in Sales at BMW of Austin in April of 2013. And she is still driving and teaching!!

 

She is a driver of choice and is called upon by the Circuit of The America when they have a large group that wants ‘hot laps’ around the Circuit.  She loves the Circuit and says it is much more technical than expected and very much a rhythm course – and FUN.  She also has become active again as an instructor with the local BMW, NASA and the Porsche Club of America.  She has been featured on the Oxygen Channel Website, quoted in the Wall Street Journal and the subject of many articles.  

 

Sharing her passion for motor sports and watching her students grow and develop has kept her going all these years – that and her three children, six grandchildren and of course her beautiful Siamese cat, Cooper!

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and has successfully operated numerous family businesses and is currently at BMW of Austin. She is frequently called on to be a motivational speaker to various community organizations and draws on all of her life experiences as a source of entertaining presentations. Ray continues to be involved in racing but takes pride in her focus on driver development and especially focused on addressing issues regarding teenage driving programs.

 


 

 

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