Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1892, 1894, Joanny Scotte, RAMI, Scotte

1892 Scotte Steam Omnibus Scotte

1892/1894*City to CityParis – Rouen
Driver No.Entrant
Joanny Scotte10J. Scotte
Scale ManufacturerCollection
Cat. No.QualityRarity
*built 1892, 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 several minor manufacturers like Scotte, De Montais, Vacheron and De Bourmont. Joanny Scotte, a French pioneer of passenger omnibus cars, started the trial on his 8-seated steam omnibus produced by him  in 1892. The car was forced to retire due to boiler explosion but Scotte was awarded the Consolation prize of 500 francs for the most deserving car of those, which failed to finish. This diecast model was manufactured by RAMI in the 1960s.

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