Penny Mallory became The National Ladies Champion Rally Driver in 1993 and went on to be one of the World’s top rally drivers and team captains. She followed this by becoming a precision stunt driver, playing both ‘Nicole and Papa’ in the famous Renault Clio commercials.
She beat stiff opposition to become the only female presenter on Channel Four’s, long running television series, ‘Driven’. She has become one of the most popular presenters in CH 4 polls and viewing figures are not less than 2.2 million.
Alongside ‘Driven’, Penny presents Channel 4’s critically acclaimed, World Rally Championships programming, including Le Mans and Beginners Guide. Apart from these flagship shows, Penny has a Channel Four series ‘Accident Black Spots’ and is a regular on GMTV.
Penny is the first woman in the world to qualify to drive a World Rally car. She raced a Ford Focus in her first rally in five years, the Rally of Great Britain- the last round of the World Championships. She was the first woman over the finishing line and won the Ladies and Journalists Trophies.
Penny is a respected journalist with her own column in design magazine Intra, was part of Woman’s Own Hit Squad, has written articles for various publications like Mother and Baby Magazine, BMW Magazine and 4Car. Guest features on TV programmes include writing and presenting her own strand ‘Dashboard Divas’ for This Morning (ITV). ‘Watch Dog’ BBC TV, Britain’s Worst Roads’ BBC TV, ‘Through The Keyhole’ BBC TV, ‘I Love Father Christmas’ BBC TV, ‘Baby, Baby’ on Carlton and Paul Ross’ ‘Mystic Challenge’. A thirteen part series for BBC UK Style ‘Can Ski Will Ski’ with her brother, The Road Show (Anglia/Meridian), The Car Show (Channel 5), ‘Simply The Best’ (ITV) and BBC’s ‘Top Gear’.
Although Penny is an expert on cars and is passionate about all aspects of motorsport and engineering, she has trained in design and social work too. Working for some years as a graphic designer in advertising and as a sound engineer in a recording studio, areas of interest also cover furniture renovation, painting, DIY – in fact anything that is creative and practical.
Part of Penny’s character was no doubt shaped during her early teens, when she ran away from home and lived in hostels around London. Her sheer determination to survive on her own terms and her will to succeed at what ever she puts her mind to have enabled her to motivate and inspire others, both in business and socially. She has a natural ability to communicate with everybody and has a passion for helping others overcome whatever obstacles they may have. Her unique and inspirational story show that there is no limit to what you can achieve with will power and commitment!