Legendary Ladies Of Motorsport: Hellé Nice
Beautiful, gifted and controversial. The tragic story of HELLÉ NICE
If you were standing at the finish line at the 1930 all-Bugatti Grand Prix in Le Mans, you would have seen 3rd place scream cross the finishing line—backwards. In the driving seat was the only female competitor that day, the holder of the Women’s Land Speed Record and Formula 1 racing driver Mariette Hélène Detangle, AKA Hellé Nice. The deafening cheers from spectators had caused her to hit the brakes which, rather stylishly, made the Bugatti spin across the line in reverse.
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