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Early British Grand Prix

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Early British Grand Prix


Motor racing originated on French public roads and could be said to have begun in Britain in May 1899 with a series of time and load carrying trials at Crystal Palace Park in London. Later that same year races for several classes of vehicle, such as cars, motor cycles and tricycles began. Organisation was quickly imposed by American, Gordon Bennett, who established the Gordon Bennett cup for international competition in 1900 and rules were established. After 1903, races were held on relatively short circuits of public roads on which the cars made a number of laps. A universal 'Formula' or set of rules for the engine capacity and weights of competition cars was devised as early as 1904 and a 1906 event organised by the Automobile Club de France was held over closed triangular 65 mile circuit at Le Mans and called a Grand Prix, Large Prize. As the taste for motor racing developed so did the circuits. Early British Grand Prix highlights the development of British motor racing circuits over the last century.

Additional Information

Stock Code: CR705.0
Author: Pask T
ISBN13: 9781908347053
Height(mm): 210
Width(mm): 148
Page Count: 64
Publication Date: 23 Jan 2013
Publisher: CRECY
Publication Status: Out of print
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