C S Rolls with his 12 hp Panhard motor car, 1900.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph from an album of prints collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), showing Rolls with the car in which he won the 1000 Mile Trial in 1900. The 1000 Mile Trial, which lasted 14 days during April and May 1900, was the first public demonstration in Britain of the potential of the motor car as a practical means of long distance travel. The route began in London and went west to Bristol and north to Edinburgh before returning to London. Around 65 cars started the event with 23 completing the course.