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1903 Paris-Madrid Race

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Three stage race commencing on 24th May.

There were 314 entries by the closing date of 16th May. 39 later cancelled and 54 failed to start but 221 took part in the race. Entries included 16x Panhards, 14x Mors, 12x Mercedes, 10x De Dietrich, 7x Serpollets, 6 CGVs, 4 Wolseleys and light cars by Renault, Darracq and Decauville. Speeds averaged 90 mph through roads crowded with spectators.

A total of 34(?) persons died before the race was stopped. Among the dead was Nixon the mechanic of Leslie Porter who was trapped under the car and burned to death; Marcel Renault one of the founders of the car company; Claude Lorraine Barrow and his mechanic Pierre Rodez.

It was the last road race run on open roads

See Also


Sources of Information

  • The Times, Monday, May 25, 1903
  • The Times, Tuesday, May 26, 1903