Prizes won by C S Rolls, c 1894-1910.
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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 a selection of trophies won in motor races. Rolls founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous marques. He was well known on the motor racing circuit, competing in many of the races of the time, including the 1000 Mile Trial (1900), which he won, and the 15,000 Mile Trial (1907). Rolls was also a keen aviator, becoming the first to make a non-stop double crosing of the English Channel by aeroplane. He was killed when his aircraft crashed at the 1910 Bournemouth Air Show.