Batefield Control, the Paris-Berlin race, 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). Rolls finished 29th of the 47 finishers in the 1105 kilometre race, staged on 27th-29th June 1901, driving a Mors which he purchased specially for the race. 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. Rolls founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous marques.