First Closed-Circuit Road Race in France

The Automobile Club of France held a closed-circuit road race at Course de Perigueux in 1898. Continue reading

Solo Transatlantic Sailboat Race

Beginning in Plymouth, England and ending in New York, NY, USA, in 1960. Continue reading

Sail Across-the-ocean 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

James Gordon Bennett Jr.

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

Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat set the Land Speed Record

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.

A drawing of the Jeantaud that Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat drove

Date:
      December 18th 1898
Name(s):
      Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat
Occupation:
      French driving enthusiast
Location:
      Acheres, France
Record:
      39.24 miles
      (62.78 kilo-meters)


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Bennett Trophy: International Road Race

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