C S Rolls' car leading the inauguration of the Automobile Club, June 1897.
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Photograph taken from an album of prints collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), showing Rolls' car leading the inaugural run of the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland in June 1897. Rolls was a keen driver and was well known in the car world. He took part in and won many races of the time, such as the 1000 Mile Trial (1900) and the 15,000 Mile Trial (1907). He founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most succesful motoring companies.