Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1894, Albert de Dion, De Dion-Bouton, Rio Models

1894 De Dion Bouton 2 seater De Dion

1894City to CityParis – Rouen
Driver No.Entrant
Albert de Dion4De Dion-Bouton et Cie.
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43Rio Models
Cat. No.QualityRarity

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. Count Albert de Dion finished first in Rouen on his steam engine 2 seater car with the passenger carriage. He covered 127 km distance in 6 hours and 48 minutes with the average speed of 18.7 kph. In spite De Dion was fastest he was ineligible for the first prize, as not accompanied by mechanic, which was required by the trial rules. So De Dion-Bouton received the second prize of 2000 francs. First prize (5000 francs) after long debates were awarded equally to Panhard-Levassor and Peugeot.

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