Camille Jenatzy

In 1903 Camille Jenatzy won the Gordon Bennett Trophy race at Athy in Ireland in a Mercedes and the following year there were further successes with more and more developed racing models


Leon Théry
Leon Théry won in 1904 and 1905 with Richard-Brasier cars.

Vincenzo Lancia
Most Lancisti know that Vincenzo Lancia became an employee of F.I.A.T. on the formation of the company in 1899. His initial role was as test-driver, in which capacity he displayed outstanding driving ability. This led to his promotion to what would later be known as "Works Driver". As such, he drove for F.I.A.T. in events like the Gordon Bennett races, the infamous Paris - Madrid of 1903 and two Vanderbilt Cup races in the USA. While out-right victories tended to allude Vincenzo (blocked fuel pipe, 1904 Gordon Bennett; stone-damaged radiator, 1905 Gordon Bennett; broken valve gear, 1908 French G.P.), he was noted for often achieving the fastest lap time. (1905 Gordon Bennett; 1905 Vanderbilt Cup; 1906 Coupe de Auto; 1908 Florio Cup)


Fritz Opel

Alessandro Cagno
 
(1883 - 1971)From modest beginnings, Cagno developed a passionate interest in engineering as a young man. The pupil of motoring pioneer Luigi Storero, and a Fiat test driver under Giovanni Lancia, Cagno began racing at the age of eighteen. He came second on the Belgian Ardennes circuit in 1902, won the Susa-Mont Cenis climb in 1904 and the classic Mont Ventoux climb in 1905, and finished third in the Gordon Bennett Cup, becoming a popular figure.
Cagno was also a flying enthusiast, and he designed and tested aircraft, founding Italy's first flying school in Pordenone. He volunteered to fight in the war in Libya, and built the first bomber aircraft.
In 1912 he returned to Fiat as Chief Tester of racing cars and General motor vehicle Tester. During the war he ran the General Testing Office for the Italian and French armies.
After the war he returned to racing and concluded his career in 1923, leading the Fiat team to victory in the Leningrad-Tiblisi-Moscow race.
He then continued to collaborate with Fiat as a test driver and dealer.


 
Fernand Gabriel

Alexander Winton
Winton's car had a single-cylinder engine of huge but unknown dimensions and tiller steering. Not surprisingly, he was totally outclassed by the French cars, buckled a front wheel before reaching Châteaudun and retired after reaching Orleans. Charron was the winner despite hitting a St Bernard dog at 60 mph and flying off the road! Only one other car completed the course.

Frédéric Dufaux
  The brothers Charles and Frédéric Dufaux founded their car factory in 1904 in Geneva, but it was not to live a prosperous life. Their first car, a racing car with a straight 8 engine (the car in the picture, collection Mulhouse) with a capacity of 12,761 cc delivering 90 HP at 1,200 rpm, was entered for the 1904 Gordon Bennett race. It was not a success. In 1905 the brothers returned with a new car, also a straight 8, but now with 80 HP. Again, it failed. On both occasions the cars did not finish.

Henri Farman
 
The heavy-car class of the main Paris-Vienna race was won by Henri Farman on a 70-h.p. Panhard averaging 38.4mph, but contrary to all expectations, the real winner went to the light-car class, where Marcel Renault, whose car only weighed 646kg, covered the distance in 15 hours, 47 minutes, 43 seconds, against Farman' s time of 16 hours, 30 seconds.

Charles Jarrott
 
 

Joe Tracy
 
He was one of the first Americans to win International standing. Born in County Waterford, Ireland, in 1873 he emigrated to the United States at the age of 19. In 1899 Tracy drove a one-cylinder motor bicycle and while cruising down Broadway he saw his first car. Answering and ad one day he presented himself as a mechanic and set about working on his first car for a wealthy patron. Additional clients who needed instruction in the operation and maintenance of these new machines began to come his way. Soon he was racing and in 1904 he entered the first Vanderbilt Cup race. He never made it past the second lap but the following year saw him garner 2nd place in a 100-mile event in of all places Havana, Cuba. Tracy was chosen by the ACA to represent the United States in the Gordon Bennett Race over the Auvergne Circuit but his race ended with a stripped second gear. His racing career ended soon after the 1906 race.

Felice Nazzaro
 
(1881 - 1940) Nazzaro was very young when he started work as a mechanic in the workshop of the Ceriano brothers, competing for the new Fiat racing team at the same time, and in 1900 he won the Padua 200 km race at the wheel of a red Fiat. The popular star of numerous Italian races early in the century, he even became an idol abroad with a brilliant second place in the Gordon Bennet Cup of 1905, and when he set the speed record in the Susa-Mont Cenis race, a record that was to stand for 18 years; in 1908 when he passed the 200 km/h mark, the first driver in the world to do so, the legend really took off. He became a constructor after Fiat abandoned the racing world, and he raced his own cars; in 1913 he won the Targa Florio, putting no less than 3 hours between himself and the runner-up! When Fiat returned to racing after the War, Nazzaro joined the team again, winning the 1922 French Grand Prix. And when Fiat finally withdrew from racing, Nazzaro also retired.


Fernand Charron
 
  Fernand Charron made his way to the automobile world in an uncommom way. He was a very talented cycle racer and he won many titles. He rode Albert Clément bicycles and that introduced him to the motoring world. He proved he could be fast on cars, too, by winning the Marseille-Nice race in 1898 on Panhard, Paris-Amsterdam-Paris in 1898 on Panhard and he won the first Gordon Bennett race in 1900 for France also on a Panhard. After Paris-Berlin (1901) he left racing.