Photograph taken from an album of images compiled by English motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). It shows Colonel Mark Mayhew competing in the elimination trial for the prestigious Gordon Bennett Trophy race, which was held at Athy in Ireland in 1903. The elimination trial, to select the final driver for the British team for the race, was held on the Duke of Portland's estate at Welbeck, Nottinghamshire. Mayhew came third in the trial, while Rolls himself, also driving a Napier, finished second, both therefore mising out on selection. Napier was the first British manufacturer to produce cars specifically for motor racing, and they were the first cars to compete painted in the famous British Racing Green colour.
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