C S Rolls at the wheel of his 8 hp Panhard, 1898.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph from an album of prints collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), showing the motor car in which he won the 1898 Richmond Trials hill climb competition. Rolls was a keen driver and was well known in the car world, taking part in many races of the time, such as the 1000 Mile Trial (1900) and the 15,000 Mile Trial (1907). He founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with 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.