“Autosport is a passion, and I am born with it!” That is typically for Carly Pellinkhof, the successful Dutch car- and engine tuner. Starting at the age of 15, fixing the motorcycles for her friends, Carly worked her way up to the top rankings of the national- and international motorsport, working with passion on anything that has to do with “wheels and speed”. While working full-time on motorsport, Carly studied mechanical engineering. The rich motorsport history of Carly and her company Carly Motors is the groundwork of today’s success.
The 70’s and 80’s
In the seventies she prepared Fiat and BMW engines for several autocross teams. But the preparation of the Mazda RX3 of Huub Vermeulen was the start of a career in professional car racing . The recognition of the drivers and teams, and the sportive success led in 1979 to the establishment of her own company; Carly Motors.
And the list of successes is long. Ranging from the Mercedes Dealer Team in 1990, the DTM BMW with Cor Euser in 1991 to her own team in 1992 and 1993.
The H&P Panorama Team in ’96, ’97 and ’98 was a good opportunity to show that the introduction of more and more computer aided motormanagement was no boundary to improve her skills and were more like a challenge for her.
The success of the BMW 320i in the Dutch National Championship throughout the nineties resulted in an entry in the FIA European Touringcar Championship in 2001. With a thrilling final in Estoril Portugal, Duncan Huisman was able to finish second in the championship for the Carly Motors Team.
A good reason to go for another season in 2002 – 2004. With Tom Coronel, Peter Kox and Duncan Huisman again the team seemed not to be avoided on the grid and proved to be successful, when managed by Carly Pellinkhof.
Macau was always special
And as if Europe is not enough, Carly Motors won the World title for Touringcars in Macau for three years in a row. On the break of the 2003 season all eyes are pointed to the motor doctor from the Netherlands.
Nowadays Carly Pellinkhof is still a one of kind when it comes to race engine engineering and reprogramming of street cars. 2017 is an exiting new year for Carly Motors where she continues the successtory with a lot of new opportunities in both engineering as reprogramming projects.