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Henny Hemmes Champion Race Driver, Automotive Journalist and Our Friend Passes Away - Rust Zacht Henny Rust Zacht


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Hendrika Elizabeth Hemmes Machielse

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EDITORS NOTE: If you wish to get details on "arrangements" (Monday May 6th in The Hague) or in contact with Peter Hemmes I have the info; just e me at bgordon@theautochannnel.com and I will respond.

AUTO CENTRAL - Louisville, KY - May 2, 2019: It is with great sadness and tears that I am reporting that Henny Hemmes, our friend, collegue, mentor, teacher and creative partner has passed away.

Henny was always more than a journalist to all of us here at The Auto Channel, she was a real hero...a pioneer in women's rights who used her guts and abilities to create a level playing field no matter what the situation or occasion...be it a Dutch FIA race or an exclusive interview with a top automotive executive or a First In The World Test Drive Review... Henny was successful and deservedly respected by all.


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Henny, Bette and Peter

Most of all Henny was a friend...she along with her wonderful car guy and racer husband Peter became important in our work and personnel lives...her fight with ALS was an inspiration to all of us...in fact against all odds and with the strength and tenacity of a champion racer she continued to contribute original reports to us. Just a few weeks (April 15) ago she submitted this story Volkswagen at the Shanghai Auto Show.


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For her many fans I have included a link to The Auto Channel Henny Hemmes archive of stories, opinions and event coverage...

Rest in Peace My Friend...Rest In Peace and thanks for everything, your memory and work will remain alive forever.

Bob Gordon
Co-publisher
The Auto Channel

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Here is a copy of the letter sent to other World Car jurors announcing Henny's passing.

Dear Juror;

It is with great sadness that I am letting you know of the passing of Henny Hemmes after a brave battle with ALS disease.

Henny was a World Car juror who volunteered to grow our awards program internationally.  Of special note, she helped World Car create our very first "L.A. Test Drives" six years ago including the discovery of our much loved Angeles Crest Highway driving route.

For more than 25 years Henny had a successful career in motorsport with two Dutch FIA Championship titles, as well as top results in 24-hour racing in Europe.  An inspiration to us all.

From early 2010, she was a member of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission (WMC) and represented the Dutch ASN as National Coordinator.

Since the early eighties, she worked as a test driver and automotive writer for Dutch and American publications such as AutoWeek, Top Time - Netherlands, The Auto Channel, The Detroit Bureau, Roundel, as well as other international outlets.

Henny was president of the Automotive Press Club in The Netherlands.

As Henny said herself, "Miss you, but in my brain I will picture you and the other colleagues in Pasadena. Wishing you successful test drives."

She will be missed.


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