A model, acrobat, and dancer, Mariette Hélène Delangle was more commonly known as Hellé Nice.
Renowned for her outgoing personality, Nice was good friends with the Rothschilds and the Bugattis. She
raced in Europe and America and became one of the first drivers to display the logos of her sponsors on the
bodywork of a single-seater racing car. She took part in the 1933 Italian Grand Prix at Monza in her own 8C
2300 Monza; in the same race, Campari, Borzacchini and Czaikowski tragically lost their lives. In 1936, she
won the Ladies Cup in Monte Carlo and took part the São Paulo Grand Prix in Brazil, where she fell victim
to a dreadful accident, then miraculously came out of her three-day coma.
Anna Maria Peduzzi
The years of Scuderia Ferrari marked a crucial chapter in Alfa Romeo’s history. The drivers of the “Prancing
Horse” included Como-born Anna Maria Peduzzi, the wife of driver Franco Comotti, who was nicknamed the
“Moroccan”. After her debut aboard her own Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport, which she had purchased
from Ferrari himself, Peduzzi almost always raced alone and only occasionally with her husband. In 1934,
she won the 1500 Class at the Mille Miglia and, in the post-war period, raced in the Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint
and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.