1906 French Grand Prix
The 1906 Grand Prix de l’Automobile Club de France was a motor race held on 26 and 27 June 1906, on closed public roads outside the city of Le Mans. The race was won by Ferenc Szisz driving for the Renault team. It was the second Grand Prix to be won by a French driver, with the first being won by Jean-Claude Gautier in 1903. The Grand Prix has been held every year since, except for a few exceptions, and is now the most prestigious motor race in the world.
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The 1906 Grand Prix de l’Automobile Club de France was a motor race held on 26 and 27 June 1906, on closed public roads outside the city of Le Mans. The race was won by Ferenc Szisz driving for the Renault team. The success of the 1906 French Grand Prix prompted the ACF to run the Grand Prix again the following year, and the German automobile industry to organise the Kaiserpreis, the forerunner to the German Grand Prix, in 1907. The first Grand Prix originated from the Gordon Bennett races, established by American millionaire James Gordon Bennett, Jr. in 1900. The ACF chose a 103. 18-kilometre circuit, composed primarily of dust roads sealed with tar, which would be lapped six times on both days by each competitor, a combined race distance of 1,238. 16 kilometres. Lasting for more than 12 hours overall, the race was held on the outskirts of the city where the Automobile Club of France held trials between its manufacturers before each race. In 1904 Léon Théry won the race for the French manufacturer Richard-Brasier. In 1905, the French automobile industry organised their own event as a replacement to the Gordon Bennet races. The French Grand Grand Prix was the first to be held on public roads, and took place on June 27 and 28, 1906, at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. It was the second Grand Prix to be won by a French driver, with the first being won by Jean-Claude Gautier in 1903. The Grand Prix has been held every year since, except for a few exceptions, and is now the most prestigious motor race in the world.
It is the only Grand Prix that has been won by an Italian driver. The event was held in front of a crowd of 20,000 spectators. The track was designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of motor racing in France. The Formula One world championship was first held in 1968, and has since been held in Italy, France, Germany and the United States. It has also been held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Japan, where it has been run since 1972, and in China, Japan and South Korea. The grand prix is the oldest of its kind, having been held for the first time on June 25 and 26, 1903. It began as an alternative to Gordon Bennett events, which limited each competing country’s number of entries regardless of the size of its industry. France had the largest automobile industry in Europe at the time, and wanted to better reflect this by running a Grand Prix with no limit to the number of entrants by any particular country. The rule put them on a numerical level footing with countries such as Switzerland, with only one manufacturer, and allowed Mercedes, which had factories in Germany and Austria, to field six entries: three from each country. When the rules were changed in 1905, France was allowed fifteen entries, Germany six, Britain six, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and the U.S. three each.
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