Completion of the 1000 Mile Trial, London, 1900.
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Photograph taken froman album of images collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), the winner of the trial, in his 12 hp Panhard. The 1000 Mile trial, which lasted 14 days in April and May of 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 and went to Bristol and Edinburgh before returning to London. Rolls went on to found Rolls-Royce Ltd with F H Royce in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous marques.