Fernand Gabriel in the Gordon Bennett Trophy race, Athy, Ireland, 1903.
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Photograph taken from an album of images compiled by English motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), showing Gabriel in his Mors Z surrounded by spectators. The prestigious Gordon Bennett Trophy race was first held in 1900. As the 1902 race had been won for Britain by S F Edge, the British had the honour of hosting the 1903 event, staging it at a circuit at Athy, in Ireland. The race was won for Germany by Camille Jenatzy, driving a Mercedes, Gabriel finishing fourth for France. Rolls was a well known competitor on the motor racing circuit at the time. He failed to gain selection for the 1903 Gordon Bennett race, coming second in an elimination heat held on the Duke of Portland's estate at Welbeck, Nottinghamshire.