In the recent years the term pitgirl for some people has become quite a sensitive topic, creating harsh discussions all over the media and behind the curtains. For us – we have a very good view on how Pitgirs have evolved and who they have become in the recent years. Gatebil is one of the events that keeps this tradition in a very modern way. We have our own professional Pitgirls that are always there to cheer up the drivers and spectators as well as promote the festival and the car culture.
What does pitgirl actually mean and what do they do in Gatebil?
Pit-girls, Grid-girls, Paddock-girls or Umbrella-girls are well-known terms in car and motorsport contexts. Beautiful, fit, cool and cheerful girls who advertise for a team, car brand or for sponsors. Famous names such as Ferrari, Porsche, Monster Energy, Redbull, Pepsi, Pirelli, etc. all have their own pit girls. And of course also Gatebil has had them for years, though their “job” has slightly changed over the years. Nowadays you will see them everywhere starting from early mornings giving start signals to competitions, continuing throughout the whole day being present at all important happenings, visiting showgarden, giving out trophies, and also in the evenings on the Gatebil Aftertrack stage – dancing and cheering up the crowd.
Gatebil is very proud of having such car-enthusiast speed lovers as the current pirgirls that come all the way from Latvia each year for all Gatebil festivals already since 2022!
Gatebil pitgirls in 2022
Gatebil pitgirls in 2024
Gatebil Babes and Gatebil Pitgirls history
The very first «Årets Gatebil Babe» or “Gatebil Babe of the year” was awarded far back in 1999, but it became a yearly tradition in 2004. Later the competition was named «Årets Gatebil Pit-girl» where it transition only the name, but the competition stayed the same. Each year 15 young women participated for the title, where they had to apply for the contest and afterwards defile on Gatebil Aftertrack stage in Gatebil clothing as well as their own chosen outfits in front of 4,000-5,000 people.
Competition took place at the large Gatebil festival at Rudskogen in July on Saturday nights on a big stage with concerts and shows. All participants were presented to the audience and judges twice. First with sweatpants and Gatebil singlet, and then an outfit of the girls own choice.
The jury with Gatebil’s official Pit-girls,then select this year’s 3 finalists, one of which would later become Gatebil Pit-girl of the Year.
Winners of the competition by years:
2014: Triss Karlsson
2013: Linda Tollefsjord
2012: Lina Linutee
2011: Magrete Isabell Løvbrekke
2010: Annette N. Soknes
2009: Cecilie Felice
2008: Hanne Marie Bratteng
2007: Kristine Salomonsen
2006: Linda Kristine Solbakken
2005: Carina Dahl
2004: Anja Dalen
2003: Helene Rask
Nowadays there is no competition – there is our own designated Gatebil Pitgirls, that you can find mostly around Shop area and Taxis.