By the beginning of the 1960s, top international female athletes were still very rare in many disciplines. Ewy Rosqvist was certainly no novice in the sport of motor racing when she set off on behalf of Mercedes-Benz in the 1962 Grand Prix of Argentina. Born in 1929 in Ystad in southern Sweden, the daughter of a farmer learned to drive at an early age. She had worked as a veterinary assistant, and so Ewy Rosqvist gained a great deal of experience driving on long, poorly built roads – sometimes up to 200 kilometres daily. Her husband used to race and after watching him competing, she decided to try on her own in 1956. Only two years later, she found herself at the starting line of her first rally, the Midnight Sun Rally. It was in 1959, when Rosqvist, driving in a Volvo, won the European Rally Championship Women’s Cup.