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Born in Hertfordshire, England, UK
Birth NameVictoria Butler-Henderson
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Vicky Butler-Henderson grew up on her family's farm, and was educated at the independent Perse School for Girls in Cambridge.

Racing was a big part of her upbringing and she was immersed in the culture from a young age. Her grandfather used to race a Frazer Nash at Brooklands and her father was in the British karting team. Her brother Charlie is also a racing driver. The only member of her direct family who in not involved with racing is her older sister, Charlotte.

She started racing karts when she was twelve, competing in one race that featured David Coulthard. After several years spent competing around Britain, at the tender age of 17 she started her career as a racing instructor at circuits such as Brands Hatch and Silverstone, as well as spending a year living and working at Knockhill in Scotland.

She has competed in series such as Formula First and the 2000 Pentel Ginetta Championship. She has also raced in many other events, such as the Porsche Cup, Radicals, the Speyside Stages Rally, a combine harvester race, a 24 hour 2CV race and, on two occasions, as navigator for ITV's Formula One pit reporter Louise Goodman, in the Rallye Sunseeker. In 2001 Vicki raced a Honda Formula Four-Stroke speedboat off of France.

She went on to win the Maserati Trofeo race with her co-driver and fellow journalist, Matthew Marsh. Vicky described the event as one of the best moments of her life. It was a historic moment as she was the first woman ever to win a race in a Maserati.

She made her television debut in 1994, racing a Ford Fiesta at Brands Hatch in a one-off piece for BBC2's Top Gear and was a regular presenter from 1997 until December 2001, during which time she also presented Top Gear GTI for UK Horizons. A year later she moved to five's new Fifth Gear programme to join fellow presenters Tiff Needell, Jason Plato and Tom Ford as well as presenting coverage of the BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) for ITV.

Other than her presenting work, she is also a successful journalist and has written for; Car Mechanics magazine, Carweek magazine, Auto Express magazine and What Car?. She also helped launch Max Power magazine and was a regular contributor to Top Gear Magazine. She has also written for a string of national newspapers, such as The Daily Telegraph and The Times.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Useful Sports

Spouse (1)

Phil Churchward (November 2007 - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia (9)

Prior to becoming a journalist and TV presenter, she used to work as a racing instructor at Silverstone.
She comes from a racing family - her father was a member of the British karting team, her brother is a professional racing driver, and her grandfather used to race at Brooklands.
She started racing karts at the age of 12. In her very first race, she was overtaken by future Formula 1 driver David Coulthard.
In addition to being a fully qualified racing driver, she also holds a powerboat racing licence.
While Vicki works for Channel 5 presenting 5th Gear (2002), her husband works for the BBC as part of the production staff on rival motoring show Top Gear (1978).
She has one brother, Charlie, and one sister, Charlotte.
She grew up on the family farm, and was educated at the Perse School for Girls in Cambridge, England.
Beginning with the 2008 season of 5th Gear (2002), she began using her married name professionally, being credited on the show as "Vicki Churchward".
Drives a Mark 2 VW Golf GTI and a Honda S2000, and rides a Ducati Monster 750 motorbike.

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