C S Rolls behind the wheel of his 100 hp Mors Racer, 1904.
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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. Frenchman Emile Mors was a firm believer in the benefits to his firm of being involved in motor racing, and his cars were at the forefront of early motorsport, pioneering innovations such as the V configuration of cylinders and shock absorbers. Rolls was a keen driver and was well known in the car world after taking part in many early motor races. Driving an 80 hp Mors Racer, he set a new world kilometre speed record of 150 km/h (93 mph) in Phoenix Park, Dublin, in 1903. He founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous marques.