Former drag racing champion Sylvia Hauser said she was delighted but not surprised at Dave Lee Travis's acquittal.

"Well I told you!", she said when the Gazette called her this afternoon (Thursday).

"There is now way. I know this guy."

Sylvia Hauser
 

She became friends with the DJ in the early 1970s through a mutual love of fast cars. She first bumped into him in Ealing Broadway when she owned a Mustang car and he pulled up a few parking spaces away and came to take a look.

They got chatting, later went to the same GP, and have maintained a friendship of about 40 years.

When Ms Hauser, above, was competing on the UK drag racing circuit, 'the Hairy Cornflake' was a regular at Santa Pod raceway where she competed.

"I used to see him and bump into him regularly", she said.

"I was a model and a 'man's woman', you know what I mean, but he never, ever.. you know?"

Ms Hauser, 64, of Lansbury Drive, Hayes, retired from racing in 1986 and now breeds Pomeranian dogs, and recently campaigned to keep open the London Motor Museum in Hayes.

Mr Travis, of Mentmore, Bucks – real name David Patrick Griffin – was cleared of 12 counts of indecent assault.

The jury at Southwark Crown Court failed to reach a decision on a further indecent assault count and one of sexual assault.

He is now on bail until February 24 pending a decision on a retrial of the two outstanding charges.