Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Bugatti Queen - Helle Nice

Just checked BBC Radio 7 after a couple of weeks, to find that I'd missed Episode 1 of The Bugatti Queen, the biography of Helle Nice. Well, I'm listening to Episode 2.

Hers is a tragic story. Before WWII she was a famous racing car driver, competing amongst the men in all the glamourous races of the day. After the war, some guy - who had driven for the Nazis himself, accused her in the middle of a party of having been a Gestapo agent during the war. He provided no proof, but that didn't matter. Nice was immediately ostracized, and when she died at the age of 84 it was penniless and alone.

2 comments:

Renee said...

The guy who accused Nice of being a Gestapo agent was race driver Louis Chiron in 1949 at the celebration party for the first Monte Carlo Rally after World War 2.According to Wikipedia this "unsubstantiated allegation destroyed her life." Up until now I can not find anything else about this occurrence and there is no citation in Wiki.

Renee said...

The guy who accused Nice of being a Gestapo agent was race driver Louis Chiron in 1949 at the celebration party for the first Monte Carlo Rally after World War 2.According to Wikipedia this "unsubstantiated allegation destroyed her life." Up until now I can not find anything else about this occurrence and there is no citation in Wiki.