C S Rolls with the Prince of Wales and others in a 12 hp Panhard, 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). Rolls was a keen motorist and competed in many races of the time, such as the famous 1000 Mile Trial of 1900, which he won driving a 12 hp Panhard. He founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most succesful marques. Prior to founding the company, Rolls had a succesful busines asembling and selling imported French cars, including Panhards, in London. The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), was a motoring enthusiast by whose command the Automobile Club was renamed the Royal Automobile Club in 1907.