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GAMY-MONTAUT, Ernest and Marguerite.

"GABRIEL" sur "MORS"

depasse pour la premiere fois une moyenne de 100 a l'heure sur route Gagnant la course Paris-Madrid 1903 (600 kilom a une moyenne de 106 l'heure).

Stock Code
89435
Paris, Mabileau & Co., 1903
£750

This records the pioneering, but ill-fated, international race of 1903. The first motor race was run from Paris to Rouen in 1894. But there was strong official resistance to racing on public roads, thereafter. Only persistent lobbying by manufacturers eventually led to a reluctant change of heart. They argued such a race offered huge promotional potential for an industry now employing thousands of workers. The race attracted around 300 entrants, of which over 200 actually set off, starting in the gardens of Versailles at 3.30 am on Sunday, 24th May. Such was the lack of experience in planning such a vast event, staged over a course of 1307 km, that the lack of crowd control and failure to anticipate the amount of blinding dust stirred up led to numerous accidents and injuries, as well as around a dozen fatalities. Following emergency government intervention, both French and Spanish, the race was

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Hand-coloured pochoir print, 45 x 90.5 cm., laid on board.

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