Death of Marie-Odile Desvignes, precursor of women’s rallying

The former rally driver for the Aseptogyl team has died of cancer at the age of 75.

Published on 25/10/2023 à 13:43

Medhi Casaurang

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Death of Marie-Odile Desvignes, precursor of women’s rallying

Sad news from the world of rally. Former pilot Marie-Odile Desvignes died of cancer at the age of 75, this Monday, October 23. A native of Bourgoin-Jallieu (Isère), Marie-Odile Desvignes distinguished herself on the circuit by participating in the Volant Winfield, won in 1972 by Didier Pironi (photo above).

It was especially in rallying that the Iséroise made its mark, by taking part in the unforgettable adventure of Alpine A110 roses from the Aseptogyl women's team launched by Bob Neyret at the turn of the 1970s. Monte-Carlo, Bandama in Ivory Coast, Neige et Glace, Tour de France Automobile, Marie-Odile Desvignes competed in all the most famous rounds of the French-speaking calendar of the time.

To his family, including his twin sister “Nanou” Desvignes also present in the Aseptogyl team, his relatives and his friends, AUTOhebdo sends its most sincere condolences.

Medhi Casaurang

Passionate about the history of motorsport across all disciplines, I learned to read thanks to AUTOhebdo. At least that's what my parents tell everyone when they see my name inside!

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