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Bugatti Queen: In Search of a French Racing Legend by Miranda Seymour
In Bugatti Queen, Miranda Seymour tells of the life of Helene Delangle, who lived life in the fast lane, in more ways than one. As a young woman, she posed nude for pictures and danced with Robert Lizet in Paris. She lived the bohemian life, sleeping with many men and living life on the edge. She fell in love with cars, and took the name of Helle Nice as she started racing them. She raced Bugattis on all sorts of tracks including several Grand Prix and set new land-speed records. Several of her friends and lovers died racing cars and a horrific accident in Brazil ended her driving days. She spent the Nazi occupation living in Nice, and by the time the war was over, her time in the spotlight has faded and she died in obscurity. Miranda Seymour reconstructs her life from recently discovered papers and Bugatti Queen has received positive reviews. The Chicago Sun-Times says, "Delangle drove like a dream. Bugatti Queen reads like one."