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Retiring

Upon her return to Prague, people would cheer when she drove down the streets. Two months later, the racing couple entered the German Grand Prix. On the 5th lap, Čeněk Junek switched as the driver with his wife. Trying to make up for lost time due to a tire change, he lost control of the car going around a corner, crashing. He was thrown out of the car and his head hit a rock. He was not wearing a helmet, which didn’t arrive on time for the race. He tragically died. Devastated, Junková gave up racing and sold all her cars. She decided to travel again instead. Her friend, Ettore Bugatti, sent her with a brand new car to Sri Lanka (British Ceylon back then) to seek out potential business ventures.


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