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C S Rolls and Legard riding a tandem, Cambridge, 1895.

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Photograph from an album of prints collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator, Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). Rolls is pictured riding a tandem with his friend Legard whilst they were students at Cambridge University, where Rolls gained a BA and an MA in engineering. He founded Rolls-Royce Ltd in 1906 with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933), creating one of the most famous motoring companies in the world. Rolls was a keen aviator, making the first non-stop double crosing of the English Channel by aeroplane. He was killed in 1910 when his plane crashed at the Bournemouth Air Show.
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