C S Rolls' first exhibition, Agricultural Hall, London, 1902.
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Photograph taken from an album of prints compiled by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), showing motor cars on the Charles S Rolls & Co stand. Rolls was a keen driver and was well known in the motoring world, competing in many races of the time. After asembling and selling imported French motor cars from showrooms in London, he founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous motoring companies. From December 1904 Rolls' showrooms sold cars made by Royce Ltd bearing the Rolls-Royce name.