Fernand Gabriel's Mors 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). 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. Camille Jenatzy, a Belgian driving a Mercedes for Germany, completed the 327 miles in 6 hours 39 minutes, winning by over 11 minutes; Gabriel finished fourth for France. Rolls was himself a well known competitor on the motor racing circuit at 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.