After reading Miranda Seymour's excellent biography on The Life & Loves of Virginia Cherrill, I thought I would proceed further to an earlier book by Miss Seymour, titled simply The Bugatti Queen. As it turns out this book was a captivating adventure about an obscure subject that was quite relevant between the two World Wars on the sport of motor racing that takes place primarily in France and other parts of Europe including the United States? The story revolves around the manufacturers of the early racing cars of Europe as well as the drivers, including one woman, Helle Nice, the subject of the book.
In reading this book, it was fascinating to find out when setting out to write this book, the authoress had very little research material, and through a few leads, was able to obtains precious documents loaned to her that originally belonged to Helle Nice, The Bugatti Queen, and then she was able to piece together the true story about a very interesting and very modern woman of the early part of the 20th Century Europe.
Besides reading this biography about a beautiful woman who excelled and won many races in motor racing during its infancy in Europe then dominated by men as now; it is Miss Nice's charm and craftiness, she was able to be easily accepted into the fraternity as she was loved by these men as well loved most of them both figuratively and literally during the 1930s.
I won't go more into the story other than to say this is an excellent read on biography of a very interesting woman in the world of motor racing and you won't be disappointed. Miss Seymour bring this period between the wars alive as if you were there yourself. I certainly learned about a lot of the early stages of motor racing, on both the rich and famous in Europe, who participated in seeking adventure; much like Helle Nice. There are many great photos that bring this biography more alive and animated.