Still, a legend never dies. Upon the fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of Communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989, Junková, at the age of 89 and against the advice of her doctor, traveled to the United States to attend a Bugatti reunion as the guest of honor. It was a great tribute to the woman who, in her 5 year racing career, went up against the world’s best drivers, revolutionized racing preparation, and became the first woman to win a Grand Prix. She died peacefully at the age of 93 in 1994. Twenty years later, Bugatti honored her feats with a special-edition Veyron in its "Légendes de Bugatti" series.