Competitors in the 1000 Mile Trial, Edinburgh, 1900.
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Photograph from an album of pictures collected by Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), English motorist, aviator and co-founder of Rolls-Royce Ltd (with Frederick Henry Royce in 1906), showing the participants of the 1000 Mile Trial in their cars waiting to commence the next leg of the race. The Automobile Club's 1000 Mile Trial, staged over 14 days in April and May 1900, was the first public demonstration of the potential of the motor car as a practical means of long distance travel. The route began in London, went west to Bristol and north to Edinburgh before returning to London. Around 65 cars started and 23 completed the course. Rolls won the event in a 12 hp Panhard.