The Automobile Club of France held a closed-circuit road race at Course de Perigueux in 1898. Continue reading
Richard I (8 September 1157 – 6 April 1199) was King of England from 6 July 1189 until his death. Continue reading
During the reign of King Richard I, the Lion-Heart, circa 1190, a racing purse of £40 was offered to English knights competing in a 3-mile (4.8-kilometre) race.
Across-the-ocean race was held in 1866 from Sandy Hook, CT, USA, to Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, with the sponsorship of the New York Yacht Club. Continue reading
The first international airplane race was called the Bennett Trophy Race, Continue reading
The James Gordon Bennett Race, was the first International Balloon Race. It was inaugurated in Paris, France, in 1906. Continue reading
James Gordon Bennett Jr. (May 10, 1841 – May 14, 1918) was publisher of the New York Herald, founded by his father, James Gordon Bennett Sr., who emigrated from Scotland. Continue reading
On December 18th 1898, French driving enthusiast Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat set the Land Speed Record (world record) of 39.24 miles (62.78 kilo-meters) per hour on the 2-kilometre course at Acheres, France. Get this, it was with an electric vehicle.
December 18th 1898
Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat
French driving enthusiast
- Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat – Wikipedia
Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat (1866, 7 June Paris, France – 20 November 1903, Le Cannet, France) was a French aristocrat and race car driver. He was the son of Prosper, Marquis of Chasseloup-Laubat, minister of Napoleon III, and of his American wife Marie-Louise Pilié.
- Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat – Land Speed Racing History
A list of Races
- Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat set the first officially recognized land …
His older brother Marquis de Chasseloup-Laubat was interested in the automobile and became a founding member of the Automobile Club de France in 1895.
- The First World Land Speed Record | Unique Cars and Parts
Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat holds a unique place in motoring’s history because he was the first man to set up a World Land Speed Record. It was, of course, the two Germans, Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler, who invented the motor car and made it work, but it was the French who held the first motor races and started the idea of competitive motoring.
James Gorden Bennett offered up the Prize and the Automobile Club de France organized the International Road Race, 3 national automobile clubs competed for the Prize. Continue reading