'Stripping for Speed Trials at Welbeck', Nottinghamshire, 1900.
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Photograph taken from an album of images collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). It shows Rolls and others preparing their motor cars during speed trials on the 1000 Mile Trial, which were staged at Welbeck Park, near Worksop, Nottinghamshire, the private estate of the Duke of Portland. The 1000 Mile Trial, which lasted 14 days during 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. 65 cars started the event and 23 completed the course, with Rolls the winner.