C S Rolls inspecting a motor car, c 1900.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

C S Rolls inspecting a motor car, c 1900.

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Photograph taken from an album of prints compiled by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). Rolls was a keen driver and was well known in the motoring world, having taken part in many races of the time. After gaining a BA and an MA in engineering at Cambridge, Rolls established a succesful busines asembling and selling imported French cars from showrooms in London. He went on to found Rolls-Royce Ltd with Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous marques. Rolls was also the first to make a non-stop double crosing of the English Channel by plane, but in 1910 he was killed when his aeroplane crashed at the Bournemouth Air Show.

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