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|Location||Le Mans, France|
|Prints issue||LIMITED EDITION 50 prints ONLY|
|Shooting date||June 26th, 1906|
|Original picture||Glass Plate|
WARNING ! Scanned from an old glass plate
In 1906, Renault and its revolutionary Type AK entrusted to Ferenc Szisz, here leading Elliot Shepard and his Hotchkiss HH, won at Le Mans the very first Grand Prix organized by the Automobile Club of France (ACF), assuring the Hungarian driver and the manufacturer unique place in the history of auto racing.
Disputed on public roads around Le Mans June 26 and 27, 1906, the first Grand Prix was held over two days. Renault entered the Type AK with a light chassis and a four-cylinder 12.9 liter engine. Thirty-two cars were at the start of this long ordeal, but many failed in the sweltering heat. After 1238.16 km of racing at an incredible average speed of 100.9 km/h, Szisz nevertheless crossed the finish line thirty-two minutes ahead of his closest pursuer. A triumph achieved thanks to the technical innovation of his car of 90 horses and new removable rims already decked with tires, therefore easily replaceable, designed by the Michelin brothers.