C S Rolls' 'stud of cars', 1898.
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Photograph showing Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910) with three motor cars and a Bollee Tri-Car, taken from an album of images compiled by the English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator. Rolls founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous marques. Prior to forming Rolls-Royce Ltd, he imported cars from France for his own personal use, and established a succesful busines selling imported vehicles from showrooms in London. Rolls was well known on the motor racing circuit, competing in many of the races of the time. A keen aviator, he was also the first to make a non-stop double crosing of the English Channel by aeroplane.