1903 Paris-Madrid, one of the greatest and most dramatic races in the history of motor sport, was the last of great city-to-city races – the first chapter of motor racing history. The race starters were divided into 4 usual classes – Heavy Cars, Light Cars, Voiturettes, and Motorcycles Renault entered its works team of four 30 hp cars driven by Louis and Marcel Renault, Grus, and Tart, in Light Cars class. In the middle of the race Louis Renault was leading the class, and Marcel Renault, who had started 39th made his way. At Ruffec he chased Thery for the third place, but when passing him, Marcel ran off the road, the car swinging round twice and overturned. Marcel Renault and his mechanic were very badly injured and died shortly afterwards. The race was stopped at Bordeaux. Fernand Gabriel was declared the winner, while Louis Renault made the second fastest time and won the Light Car class. The tragic Paris-Madrid race put the sudden end to the heroic age of city-to-city motor racing. Never since the major race was held on public open roads.
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