C S Rolls and Colonel M Mayhew in a Napier motor car in flood water, 1900.

C S Rolls and Colonel M Mayhew in a Napier motor car in flood water, 1900.
3 3 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Description

Photograph from an album of prints collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). Montague Charles Napier's firm was the first British car manufacturer to produce cars specifically for motor racing, and Rolls and Mayhew both drove them in races in the early 1900s. 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 famous marques.

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10327022

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