This led to suspicions about her relationship with the Axis forces, a rumour promulgated by Chiron on the eve of her planned motor sport comeback at the 1949 Monte Carlo Rally; the grand prix legend insinuated she might be a Gestapo spy.
Now estranged from her sponsors and family, the riches of Hellé Nice’s formerly glamorous life ebbed away.
Falling into poverty, she eventually ended up moving into an attic room in Nice, and was seen by neighbours taking milk from neighbours’ cat saucers in a bid to stave off starvation. She died alone in 1984.
Her exploits featured in newspapers and magazines of the time, but Hellé Nice is rarely mentioned among racing’s pioneers. Roaring: The Dramatic Journey of Helle Nice, is designed to remedy that, with newly-commissioned illustrations, archive news pieces, and rediscovered pictures.
The book, to be published by Red Runner in English and French, needs 500 pre-sales to make print. The crowdfunding campaign is currently around two-thirds of the way to its target.
Roaring: The Dramatic Journey of Hellé Nice
Roaring: The Dramatic Journey of Hellé Nice is the story of one pre-war racing’s most glamorous and mysterious racers. From her early beginnings as a model and dancer, to racing exploits and then sorrowful fall from grace, this book should illuminate a lesser-known character from racing history.