J Stocks' Napier at 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). It shows a scene from the 1903 edition of the prestigious Gordon Bennett Trophy race, which was first held in 1900, and was a forerunner of the Grand Prix. Rolls was well known on the motor racing circuit, competing in many of the races of the time. He failed to gain selection for the 1903 Gordon Bennett, coming second in an elimination trial held on the Duke of Portland's estate at Welbeck, Nottinghamshire. Stocks won the trial, but was unsuccesful in the Gordon Bennett itself, crashing on the first lap of the race, which was won by Camille Jenatzy driving a Mercedes.