Photograph taken from an album of images collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). Rolls was a keen driver and was well known in the car world after taking part in many races, such as the 1000 Mile Trial (1900) and the 15,000 Mile Trial (1907). The 1000 Mile Trial was a 14 day tour of Britain organised by the Automobile Club to promote the motor car as a viable method of long-distance transport. Cars were asesed on a range of criteria, including reliability, and Rolls won the event driving a 12 hp Panhard similar to the car in the photograph. He founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous motoring companies.
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