Helen of Troy’s beauty drove her Greek suitors crazy and launched a thousand warships to fight a massive war over her. She was one of the most fascinating characters of the ancient world. Daughter to the Greek god Zeus and the beautiful Leda, queen of Sparta, Helen inherited the gifts of immortality and irresistible charm from her divine and royal parents. Her myth and legend continues to this day, but that is all she is—myth and legend.
Just as fascinating, but a little less mythical and legendary, is Helena Brown of Newport Beach, California. Her irresistible charm would definitely drive many Trojans mad. She may never launch a thousand triremes to fight a war over her, but she will unleash 660 prancing ponies to stampede from one stoplight to the next.
“Speed is freedom,” she says when asked her about her fixation with speed. “Adrenaline is very addictive and feels fantastic. I always wanted my Barbies to have a faster car. I have always been fascinated by exotic cars. My first big influence was watching the two girls (Adrienne Barbeau and Tara Buckman) in ‘The Cannonball Run’ (Twentieth Century Fox, 1981)—the two in spandex jumpsuits in the Lambo, driving along and spray-painting new numbers on the speed limit signs. I just thought, ‘Wow!’ You know, in life, it’s not how many breaths you take, but what takes your breath away! It all started at a very young age.”
At the first Bullrun in 2004, Helena and her girlfriend, Valerie, began the 3,000-mile trek from Hollywood to Miami in a Mercedes SL 600. Paris Hilton was the guest “flag girl” at the starting line on Hollywood Boulevard to send the Bullrunners off to a five-day, cross-country navigational car rally and wild goose chase with local law enforcement.
Dressed in her sexy racer girl ensemble, Helena vividly remembers asking Paris at the start of the Bullrun rally why she wasn’t wearing an outfit for the race. Paris replied that she did not know. Helena and Valerie looked at each other and giggled. “It was an exciting rally. Driving at high speeds on the open highways, partying each night, and making new friends were really fun,” she says.
One might assume that the lovely Helena is not the type who reads DUB. On the contrary, she is an avid fan of DUB. While perusing through DUB, she was introduced to, and became an admirer of, Coco (a.k.a., Mrs. Ice-T) and feels that our magazine needs to feature more sexy women and their cars.