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An Everyday Journey Through Motoring History, Facts & Trivia

Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.

On This Day

Thursday 2nd July 1903

116 years ago

The fourth Gordon Bennett Cup began. It was the first international motor race to be held in Ireland, being run over seven laps (327.5 miles) of the Athy Circuit in County Kildare, which consisted of closed roads. Belgian Camille ‘Red Devil’ Jenatzy, representing Germany won the race, driving a Mercedes, at an average speed of almost 50 mph. Frenchman René de Knyff and Anglo-Frenchman Henry Farman, both driving Panhard et Levassors and representing France, finished in second and third places respectively, taking a little over 10 minutes longer to complete the course than Jenatzy.

Jenatzy, 1903 Gordon Bennett winner, driving a Mercedes.

Jenatzy, 1903 Gordon Bennett winner, driving a Mercedes.