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Automobile Race... Gordon-Bennett Trophy...
Item # 645345
July 25, 1903
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, N.Y., July 25, 1903
* Gordon-Bennett Cup automobile race photos
* Athy, Kildare County, Irleand
Full front page has two photos: "The Automobile Race In Ireland For The Gordon-Bennett Trophy."
Inside has a report about the race that includes six more photos.
Other topics with photos and prints throughout this 16 page issue. Good condition.
wikipedia notes: As one of three Gordon Bennett Cups established by James Gordon Bennett, Jr., millionaire owner of the New York Herald, the automobile racing award was first given in 1900 in France.
The trophy was awarded annually until 1905, after which the Automobile Club de France (ACF) held the first Grand Prix motor racing event at the Circuit de la Sarthe, in Le Mans.
The Gordon Bennett Cup auto races drew entrants from across Europe including future aviator Henry Farman and from the United States competitors such as Alexander Winton driving his Winton automobile. Under the rules, the races were hosted in the country of the previous year's winner. As the races were between national teams, it lead to the reorganisation and standardisation of national racing colours. Reputedly as a concession to Ireland where the 1903 race was run (racing was illegal on British public roads) the British adopted shamrock green which became known as British racing green, although the winning Napier of 1902 had already worn Olive Green. Britain had to choose a different colour to its usual national colours of red, white and blue, as these had already been taken by the US, Germany and France respectively.
Category: The 20th Century