Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1891, 1894, Auguste Doriot, Minialuxe, Peugeot

1891 Peugeot Vis-à-vis Type 5 Doriot

1891/1894*City to CityParis – Rouen
Driver No.Entrant
Auguste Doriot28Les Files de Peugeot freres
Scale ManufacturerCollection
Cat. No.QualityRarity
*built 1891, raced 1894

In 1984 a trial for horeseless carriages from Paris to Rouen was held, which is considered as the beginning of organized motor racing. Despite not being a true race, but rather a trial, run from Paris to Rouen was the crucial point for the further growth and development of motor sport. The trial was unofficially won by Count Albert de Dion who was the fastest in his steam-powered car, but not eligible for the first prize as not accompanied by mechanic. The first prize was to be awarded by the judges consisted of the staff of “Le Petit Journal” and consulting engineers to the car which best fulfilled the requirements of being “without danger, easily handled and of low running cost”. The major contenders were Peugeot and Panhard et Levassor companies to whom the first prize was awarded equally. Among 21 cars qualified for the start there were 5 works Peugeots driven by firm’s engineers Rigoulot, Doriot and Michaux along with Lemaitre and Kraeutler. This plastic Minialuxe model produced in the 1960s reproduces 1891 Peugeot Vis-à-vis Type 5 petrol-powered car driven by Auguste Doriot to the 3rd place in the Paris-Rouen trial.

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