For 1980, Des expected to be driving for Team Surtees in Aurora Formula 1, but as Christmas approached, John Surtees withdrew from the series.
However, it seemed that as one door shut, another opened: Desire was contacted by representatives of Chrysler's MOPAR parts group, who had sponsored Guy Edwards the previous season.
With their contract with Edwards at an end, it wanted to put together a two car team for Des, using the very successful 1979 Ligier JS11 DFVs driven to victories in Argentina and Brazil by Jacques Laffite. As the cars were at least the equal of the very successful Williams FW07s, it looked to Des that she would be in for a great third season of Aurora Formula 1 racing. But she didn't get any time to get excited about the opportunity; a few days later Guy himself called and told her that there could be no deal. He invited her to visit him in London, so that he could explain and, when she arrived, handed her his one inch thick contract with the parts company.
She'd never seen anything like it. In fact, Des had never seen a driver contract of any kind until then, her arrangement with John Webb being one of simple trust and friendship. When she saw Edwards' contract she understood the difference between enthusiastic support and professional sponsorship.