08 December 2010

Helle Nice Ceremony now on YouTube

Thanks to a heroic effort by Bruno Perrin, there is now a video montage from the ceremony held on Sept 4, 2010 to honor the marking of the final resting place of Helle, as well as the speeches given by Annie Soisbault, Robert Delangle, Miranda Seymour, myself, and other dignitaries. Please take the time to visit YouTube and see these, and let your friends know they are there as well.

This first video is the montage from the ceremony:

The rest are the speeches given to honor Helle Nice.

This first speech is from retired Triumph Works and rally driver, Annie Soisbault, who was the guest of honor at the ceremony, and represented women race drivers worldwide.

Helle Nice's only living relative to have seen her in person is Robert Delangle. He was a third cousin of Helle Nice. He gave a very moving speech http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbU20riZ3k8 recalling a time he remembers Helle coming to his family farm when he was a boy. He also speaks with much emotion about his famous relative. The Delangle family was well represented that day with over 20 relatives attending from several countries. The English translation of his speech appears in a previous blog.

Miranda Seymour, author of "The Bugatti Queen", gave a tribute to Helle in French as well. There is a translation in the works that will be posted here as soon as it is completed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsj17Id-jxs

My speech focused on how I brought the Foundation to this point. I am so honored to have been a part of this.After the ceremony, I was lucky enough to have been given a ride in a Bugatti T35, brought by a member of the Bugatti Club of France, the same model as the one Helle drove on that very cold day in December of 1929 at Montlhery to become the "Fastest Woman in the World." I did not break that record on the day I was given the ride, but it sure felt like it. That day, I was the luckiest woman in the world! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-YUsyDCm58

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