C S Rolls in army uniform behind the wheel of a 10 hp Panhard, 1903.
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Photograph taken from an album of images compiled by Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), English motor car manufacturer and aviator, showing Rolls in one of his Panhard motor cars during autumn Army manoeuvres. Rolls founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous motoring companies. Previously he had a succesful busines asembling and selling imported French cars, including Panhards, in London. He was well known on the motor racing circuit, competing in many of the races of the time.