Photograph taken from an album of prints collected by English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), showing competitors parked along the roadside during the 1000 Mile Trial. 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. A number of timed hill climbs were included in the itinerary. 65 cars started the event, and 23 completed the course, with Rolls the winner. Rolls went on to found Rolls-Royce Ltd with Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906.
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