C S Rolls' Napier during the elimination trial for the Gordon Bennett Trophy, 1903.

C S Rolls' Napier during the elimination trial for the Gordon Bennett Trophy, 1903.
3 3 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Description

Photograph taken from an album of images compiled by English motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). It shows Rolls competing in the elimination trial for the prestigious Gordon Bennett Trophy race, which was to be held at Athy in Ireland in 1903. The elimination trial, to select the final driver for the British team was held on the Duke of Portland's estate at Welbeck, Nottinghamshire. Driving his Napier Racer, Rolls, who was well known on the motor racing circuit, finished second, thus failing to gain 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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