C S Rolls' Panhard Racer, Paris-Madrid Race, 1903
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actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

C S Rolls' Panhard Racer, Paris-Madrid Race, 1903

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Photograph 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 his Panhard, with his mechanic in the pasenger seat. Rolls was well known on the motor racing circuit in Britain and mainland Europe, competing in many of the races of the time, but he failed to finish in this event. The 1903 Paris-Madrid Race was marred by tragedy, with two drivers, Claude Lorraine Barrow and Marcel Renault, as well as Barrow's mechanic, killed in accidents. In addition five spectators were killed during the event. As a result the French government stopped the race at Bordeaux. The outcry which arose because of the fatalities brought an end to point-to-point racing on the open roads.

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