C S Rolls' 6 hp Renault motor car parked outside a farm building, c 1902.
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Photograph taken from an album of images compiled by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). 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 the company, Rolls had a succesful busines asembling and selling imported French cars in London. He was well known on the motor racing circuit, competing in many of the races of the time. Rolls was also the first to make a non-stop double crosing of the English Channel by aeroplane.