C S Rolls (left) with fellow racing drivers Mayhew, Jarrott and Edge, c 1902-1903.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph taken from an album of prints compiled by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). Rolls, co-founder of Rolls-Royce Ltd, took part in many early motor races including the 1000 Mile Trial of 1900. Also shown here are Selwyn Francis (S F) Edge, Charles Jarrott and Colonel Mark Mayhew, who competed with Rolls in the Gordon Bennett Trials of the early 1900s, the first of which was held in 1900 in France. Edge won the 1902 event, giving Britain the honour of hosting the 1903 race, which was staged at Athy, Ireland. The Trials helped promote the motoring industry and prompted the idea of Grand Prix racing.