Pictured here in 1929, driving an Oméga-Six, she won an all-female Grand Prix race at Autodrome de Montlhéry in the process setting a new world land speed record for women. Capitalising on her fame, the following year she toured the United States, racing at a variety of tracks in an American-made Miller racing car. Through mutual friend Philippe de Rothschild, Nice was introduced to Ettore Bugatti, who swiftly added her to his all-male driving force. In 1931, she drove a Bugatti Type 35C in five major Grands Prix in France. Hellé Nice was easily recognisable in her bright-blue race car. Although she did not win a Grand Prix race, she was a legitimate competitor, and frequently finished ahead of some of the top male drivers.