C S Rolls' car at the Paris-Berlin Trial, 1901.
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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), showing him at the wheel of the Mors car he purchased specially for the race. Rolls finished 29th of the 47 finishers in the 1105 kilometre race, staged on 27th-29th June 1901. He was well known on the motor racing circuit, competing in many of the races of the time, and was also the first to make a non-stop double crosing of the English Channel by plane. He founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous marques.