The First World Land Speed Record Unique Cars and Parts …

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Count Gaston de holds a unique place in history because he was the first man to set up a Land Speed Record. It of course, the two Germans, Carl and Gottlieb Daimler, who invented the car and made it work, but it was the French who the first motor races and the idea of competitive motoring.

was well blessed, thanks to with long straight even before the turn of the and the motorcar had only been in about ten years before owners began to ask the age old question, will she do?.

The first recorded motoring was in 1894 from Paris to in which all kinds of improbable driven by steam, electricity and engines took part. The race proper was in the following from Paris to Bordeaux and In these early days the two champions of the electric car were the de Chasseloup-Laubat and the Belgian, Camille .

The Marquis was a founder member of the Club de France in 1895, and his was his younger brother, Count The Marquis built his car, a and in December 1898, Count took it to a deserted stretch of outside Paris near the of Acheres, between the villages of St. and Constans to make what the first attempt on the World Speed Record.

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The timekeepers operated their apparatus in one direction only a flying kilometre, and were no thankful to be finished on a cold, wet day and to shelter. Count Gaston was after due calculation, that he had a time of 57 seconds, giving him a of 39.24 miles an hour.

car, whose thunder was stolen by the much better-known La Contente, is really entitled to a in the hall of fame on several It was the first car to hold the World Speed Record. It was the first not the last) electric car to do so, and also the record twice.

Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat re-built and re-bodied the car and took the for a third time in 1899. car took part in, or was in fact the of, the three-cornered battle between electricity, and the petrol engine was fought during the first years of the motor car and decided the whole world would use for the 65 years at least.

Count Gaston made his over a flying kilometre in one only, before there was control over these His car was an ugly chain-driven machine in he sat high off the ground and steered by a handle projecting from the steering wheel on record in when the tiller was universal. It was a sprint machine as the batteries of the day him only a short range recharging.

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