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Succeed in a male universe
December 1929 It’s only natural for a woman to go over two hundred miles per hour, laughing because she’s not afraid of her fast two-liter race.…”.
journalist from Paris Matching He is amazed and amazed. It’s only been six months since the former dancer. swapped his stripped clothes for a racing driver suit.
Hellé Nice promised to succeed in a male universe what did he discover Henry de Courcelles. With an extraordinary strength of character, no complex, he manages to make a place for himself and a name in the very special car drivers’ club.
Montlhéry, December 1929: does it exceed 200 per hour?
from 1929 to 1939Hellé Nice touches heights.
June 1929 marks the beginning of his ascension. nativeAunay-sous-Auneau Won the first women’s Grand Prix at the Autodrome Linas-Montlhery. He’s also a wonder of speed and headlines.
Correspondent Matching He was in Montlhéry in December 1929 and was about to accelerate to 200 km/h behind his wheel. Bugatti.
He gets behind the wheel, his body covered in a white jumpsuit, his face framed by a headband…the photographers shoot him at close range. The car starts, jumps, takes off… We can guess a little when he stepped on the gas… The engine roars, the car turns… Ron-on-on-on-on-on, a blue shape, a curved white body. First round is over! Stopwatches: 153, 187, 190, 192, 193, 196 and 197 km/h …
It fails narrowly, “not treaded”, blaming a “bad” tire, furious against the track.
But his career took off. Does he remember when he was 3 years old, very close to Auneau, when the world witnessed the passing of race cars? Paris-Madrid race on 24 May 1903 ?
USA wants it. He participated in 76 races there, and this incredibly attractive driver caught the attention of the tobacco company. lucky hit becomes his muse.
When he comes back to Europe, he mounts Philippe de Rothschild who offers Ettore Bugatti. Impressed by his valor and hoping to be featured in the media, the Italian manufacturer entrusts him with a steering wheel. Bugatti Type 35B, 8 cylinders.
No regrets. Hellé Nice in third place Bugatti Grand Prix in July 1930.
On September 10, 1933, the only woman to enter the competition Monza Grand Prixthis time a Alfa Romeohe finished in ninth place.
She stands out for her courage and desire to measure herself against men by borrowing men’s codes and clothes if necessary.
Jumpsuit is the only garment that suits my sport. Those who try to masculinize women’s sportswear are right because I hate the fake situations the skirt puts us in so often.
Pilot and “female toenails”
Leaving the cabin, Hellé Nice is a “delicious woman to the tips of her nails”, notes Newspaper .
At the end of the Montlhéry Women’s Grand Prix, reporter Coemedia She can’t help herself: “It’s as if not a single feather has moved, her face is pink and she’s smiling. A very beautiful woman who looks like she has just returned from a short walk  “.
She asserts her femininity and firmly tells the Journal’s ambassador: “At 140, with very thin wrists, thin and thin fingers, and without panties, you can drive very well. . »
Paris-Evening “Young, beautiful, well-to-do, with a sports record that would make any man jealous” sums up her extraordinary success and also records her disappointments.
Because he wants more. ” When will the big women’s speed trials be? The woman proposes, the organizers get out of hand, we have to wait for better days.  »
Insatiable between two races, learn to learn. piloting an airplane, if he were a man, he would also do football and boxing; he eventually educates himself, reading Stendhal and the classics.
July 12, 1936: Crash at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix
12 July 1936Sao Paulo, Brazilian Grand Prix.
What could be a deification ends in tragedy. Hellé Nice tried to beat Brazil’s Manuel de Teffé for third place, while Manuel de Teffé maneuvered to intercept him.
Sudden braking, spinning at 160 km/h. It was shown in the audience, race car killed five spectators and injured thirty.
Helle Nice is a miracle. He remained in the hospital for two months after being in a coma for three days.
When we returned to France, the native of Aunay-sous-Auneau continued his service, but rallies and hill climbs. most 6 August 1939she scored a final victory at the Comminges circuit, where the Union Sportive auto women’s championship was held.
The sad end of a free woman
Hellé Nice and her friend Arnaldo spent the war years in Paris before moving to a beautiful villa in Paris. Beautiful.
After the war, looking forward to returning to competition, 1949 Monte Carlo Rally.
However, during the premiere night, she is publicly accused of being impeached. Gestapo agent. No evidence has been put forward; nonetheless, none of the guests come to his defense.
Since then, British biographer Miranda Seymour confirmed this accusation.
forgotten by all, disturbed by an environment that worships him, is ruined, rejected by his familyHellé Nice lives in the Nice studio where she died. 1984.
His sister refused to have her name written on the family tomb. Since then, a street in Aunay-sous-Auneau bears his name, and his tomb in Nice bears an epitaph worthy of his remarkable journey. .
 Match, 24 December 1929.
 Match, 24 December 1929.
 December 21, 1929. Unlike Violette Morris, who won the Bol d’Or in 1927. The homosexual had her breasts removed while dressed as a man.
 Coemedia, 10 July 1933.
 Newspaper, 21 December 1929.
 Paris-Soir 22 August 1932.
 The last part is an excerpt from the summary of France Inter.
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