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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  • Definitely worth the read

      3 years ago
  • She is one of the female racing legends who will be celebrated at this weekend's Arizona Concours! Miranda Seymour who wrote the biography of Helle Nice's life 'The Bugatti Queen' is one of the guest speakers and the fab type 35 she used to race will be on display as well as another type 35 that was raced by Elizabeth Junek. Should be a super event me thinks. Link (if it works) arizonaconcours.com/

      3 years ago
    • Ahh!! Damn this not being able to see the reply function! I've followed you on Instagram. I'm @floxxiewalker . You might have come across Petrolicous's Ted Gushue out there? He sent me a photo of the stand - I think he got a shot of Nice's...

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        3 years ago
    • Hi I'll wander over to IG and follow you too :-) Looking forward to seeing pix. Concours people have promised me some too so hopefully will be able to put some on drivetribe. Go Helle Nice !

        3 years ago
  • Legend! True inspiration

      3 years ago
  • Hello, desk buddy!! Everyone should follow Becci - she is design wiz and 964 lover

      3 years ago
  • Love this, the full story is fantastic. You see vintage Bugattis (like in the picture) still racing today at VSCC events. They're incredible machines!

      3 years ago
    • They are aren't they ! And what is so nice at the vintage meetings that even if you are not there to race, as a spectator you get really close to the cars and can have an amazing time just wandering round the paddock admiring machinery!

        3 years ago
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