Meet 40-year-old Sheetal Dugar, a homemaker, mother of three and the very first Indian woman to buy and race a Lamborghini Huracan. She is the only woman who drives during Club GT’s-the Sunday morning super car race-offs in Kolkata on the NH2. Winning these races has made Sheetal quite a sensation. “They made me cut the cake on Club GT’s anniversary party,” Sheetal told India Today.
Sheetal’s eldest daughter, Yashaswi Dugar, 18, added, “She always wins the races. There are many other women and wives of competitors, who come to the event but no one participates. Some of the other gentlemen promise to beat her at the next race, but she’s the fastest.”
Sheetal wasn’t always a driver. Married at 19, to industrialist Vinod Dugar, she didn’t know how to drive. In fact, she hadn’t even discovered her thrill-seeking side. “She was a perfect good girl who fell in love and got married,” said Yashaswi. It was only after a year of marriage that she learned how to drive, when she was 20-years-old.
“I learnt it just because I thought it was a valuable life skill to have. I didn’t like being dependent on drivers,” Sheetal said. She tried her hand at a quad bike that sped over sand dunes. “It came easily to her. She made it look so effortless. We thought it must be quite easy until we saw another lady turn turtle trying to drive one,” said Yashaswi. Now, Sheetal is a racer.
Driving is not her only passion. Sheetal is also fond of classical music, Rabindra Sangeet and Kathak. She is also a keen gardener. “I love sitting in my garden at home, at five in the morning. It’s so peaceful. There’s a heron which has practically made its home here,” said Sheetal.
When Sheetal drives the 5.2L V10 engine, she says it feels like flying. “It’s not about speed or rash driving for me. It’s just about living life to the fullest,” stated Sheetal.