C S Rolls' 8 hp Panhard motor car at the Crystal Palace control test, 1908.
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Photograph taken from an album of images compiled by Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator, showing Rolls at a motoring event held at Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London. Rolls was a keen driver who was well known in the car world. He took part in many races of the time, such as the famous 1000 Mile Trial (1900) and the 15,000 Mile Trial (1907). Driving an 8 hp Panhard he won the 1898 Paris-Marseilles race. He founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most succesful motoring companies. His interests later moved to the aviation industry.