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At the 1900 Summer Olympics, as part of the 1900 World's Fair, a series of motor racing events were held. There were fourteen events, five for touring cars, two for small cars, two for taxis, two for delivery vans, two for trucks and two endurance races. Two additional events for motorcycles were held, one endurance event and one standard motorcycle race.

The majority of competitors were French (only one non-French entry was recorded), and given that fact French entrants unsurprisingly won every single event.

MedalsEdit

Since they were not standard Olympic events, the standard method of gold for first, silver for second and bronze for third was not followed.

For the Paris–Toulouse–Paris races, the winners of the events were given vermeil medals. Silver medals were awarded to those who achieved an average speed of over 60 km/h, and bronze medals were awarded to those who achieved an average speed of over 40 km/h.

For the touring cars, the winner was awarded an "art object". Second place got vermeil medals, third got silver medals and fourth got bronze, and the others races saw a gold medal awarded instead of a piece of art.

Since the results were decided by a jury, multiple entries could gain the same result, and thus, the same prize (this is most evident in the normal trucks, when four entries took gold).

ResultsEdit

Endurance racesEdit

The Paris–Toulouse–Paris race was the scene of the endurance races, held over 1347 km,[1] starting on 25 July. It was held like a rally race; composed of three stages, Montgeron–Toulouse, Toulouse–Limoges and Limoges–Montgeron; with the drivers starting two minutes apart.

There were three races held, one for voitures, one for voiturettes and one for motorcycles (results of the motorcycle race at towards the bottom of the page). Combined, 78 entries were made to the three events, of which 55 started.

Vermeil medals were given to winners, those who averaged 60 km/h (37.28 mph) received a silver medal and those who managed over 40 km/h (24.85 mph) received a bronze medal.

VoituresEdit

Nineteen cars started the race, and only nine reached Toulouse. These nine made it all the way back to Paris, with Levegh winning. In terms of stages, Levegh won the first, at an average speed of 68.18 km/h (42.37 mph); Pinson won the remaining two, at 65.46 km/h (40.67 mph) and 69.84 km/h (43.40 mph). Pinson arrived in Paris one and a half hours after Levegh, but just 50 seconds ahead of Carl Voight, the third-placed man receiving two extra prizes of 500 F for only just missing out on second. Eighth-placed Eugene Brillé was ineligible for any awards as his car owner was on the jury panel. The only non-French driver in the event, Selwyn Edge, retired.

Pos No. Driver Car Time/Retired Award
Finishers
1 6 France Levegh France Mors 20 h 50 m 09 s 8,000 F, vermeil medal
2 13 France Pinson France Panhard 22 h 11 m 01 s 6,000 F, silver medal
3 2 France Carl Voight France Panhard 22 h 11 m 51 s 6,000 F, silver medal
4 4 France Etienne Giraud
France François Giraud
France Panhard 22 h 55 m 32 s 4,000 F, bronze medal
5 75 France Antony France Mors 26 h 46 m 27 s 3,000 F, bronze medal
6 15 France Baron Adrien de Turckheim France De Dietrich 37 h 35 m 36 s 2,000 F
7 62 France Ravel France Peugeot 41 h 00 m 29 s 1,000 F
8 27 France Eugene Brillié France Gobron-Brillié 43 h 30 m 08 s
9 5 France Gillies Hougières France Mors Arrived
Non-finishers
DNF 1 France René de Knyff France Panhard Punctures
DNF 3 France Léonce Giradot France Panhard
DNF 8 France Comte Bozon de Périgord France Panhard
DNF 11 France Lefebvre France Bolide
DNF 14 United Kingdom Selwyn Edge United Kingdom Napier
DNF 15 France De Lorys France Bolide
DNF 42 France Cuchelet France Peugeot
DNF 73 France Gaveau France Mors Ran into ditch
DNF 74 France Huguet France Peugeot
Plus one unknown starter

VoiturettesEdit

Of the eight starters, three reached Paris. Stage winning times were 36.42 km/h (22.63 mph), 42.30 km/h (26.28 mph) and 42.42 km/h (26.36 mph). Stage winners are not known. Four additional 500 F awards were not given out.

Pos No. Driver Car Time/Retired Award
Finishers
1 21 France Louis Renault France Renault 34 h 13 m 38 s 4,000 F, vermeil medal
2 72 France Schrader France Renault-Aster 45 h 49 m 35 s 2,000 F
3 22 France Grus France Renault 57 h 24 m 43 s 1,000 F
Non-finishers
DNF 20 France Marcel Renault France Renault collision
DNF 38 France Mercier France Gladiator
DNF 51 France Jean Corre France Fouillaron
DNF 69 France Cottereau France Cottereau collision
DNF 70 France Camus France Teste-Morin

Touring carsEdit

There were four voitures de tourisme races.

All cars entered weighed in excess of 400 kg (881.85 lb), and raced around a 50 km (31.09 mile) track. Competitors had to make three laps of the track near Vincennes (one lap in the morning and two in the afternoon) for 150 km (93.21 miles) a day from May 14–19, except for May 17. Speed limits were in place – maximum 30 km/h (18.61 mph) normally, 20 km/h (12.43 mph) in urbanised areas.

46 entries were made, 33 turned up, and seven were excluded from prizes – one due to belonging to a jury member, three that exceeded speed limits, and three that weighed under 400 kg.

Winners were awarded a piece of art. Second got a vermeil medal, third a silver medal and fourth a bronze medal. Since there was only one entrant for the more than six seats category, the winner of that category was not awarded the art object.

Two seatsEdit

Twelve participants started the race. Peugeot won the first prize, and overall, six prizes were awarded.

Prize No. Entrant
Art object 15 France Société des Automobiles Peugeot
Vermeil medal 29 France Delahaye
Silver medal 13 France Rochet-Petit
38 France Serpollet
Bronze medal 6 France De Riancey
34 France Penelle
Plus six other starters

Four seatsEdit

This race had fifteen starters, and due to the rearranging of art object prizes following the lack of entries in the largest car category, the two pieces of art were awarded to Delahaye and De Dietrich. Eight prizes were awarded.

Prize No. Entrant
Art object 30 France Delahaye
20 France De Dietrich
Vermeil medal 17 France Brouhot
22 France Hurtu
Silver medal 11 France Georges Richard
39 France Serpollet
44 France Bardon
Bronze medal 37 France Société de Mécanique Industrielle d'Anzin
Plus seven other starters

Six seatsEdit

Five entries started this race, and three were awarded prizes, the top prize going to Panhard-Levassor.

Prize No. Entrant
Art object 42 France Panhard-Levassor
Vermeil medal 18 France Brouhot
Silver medal 31 France Delahaye
Plus two other starters

More than six seatsEdit

With just only entry making its way to the start, the organisers chose to award the second prize, the vermeil medal, and not the first prize, in this race, to Panhard-Levassor.

Prize No. Entrant
Vermeil medal 43 France Panhard-Levassor

Taxis and delivery vansEdit

Winners were awarded the gold medal, second got a silver medal. No other medals were awarded.

All entrants were required to have cargo capacity of up to 1,200 kg (2,645.5 lb). Cars were required to complete a 30 km (18.64 miles) course twice a day for 60 km (37.28 miles) on 6–11 August (but not the 9 August). All fourteen entries started the races.

Petrol taxisEdit

Just three taxis were entered, and two received a prize, Peugeot winning the gold medal.

Prize No. Entrant
Gold medal 6 France Peugeot
Silver medal 15 France De Riancey
Plus one other starter

Electric taxisEdit

Six vehicles were entered, and the gold medal was shared by two Krieger entries. Winner Louis Krieger was runner-up's Charles Jeantaud's mechanic in the 1895 Paris–Bordeaux–Paris race.

Prize No. Entrant
Gold medal 7 France Krieger
9 France Krieger
Silver medal 14 France Jeantaud
Plus three other starters

Petrol delivery vansEdit

Three vehicles were entered, and Brouhot won.

Prize No. Entrant
Gold medal 4 France Brouhot
Silver medal 17 France De Dietrich
Plus one other starter

Electric delivery vansEdit

Three entries raced, and Krieger won a second gold medal.

Prize No. Entrant
Gold medal 8 France Krieger
Plus two other starters

Small carsEdit

Both events were held for two-seater cars, one for under 250 kg and one for under 400 kg. Nineteen entries were made, but only twelve started.

They competed the same program as the touring cars, but on 13–18 August (excluding the 16 August).

Under 250 kgEdit

Gladiator entries won the gold medal.

Prize No. Entrant
Gold medal 12 France Gladiator
13 France Gladiator
14 France Gladiator
Silver medal 4 France Georges Richard

Under 400 kgEdit

Renault won, while eight total entries received medals.

Prize No. Entrant
Gold medal 1 France Renault
2 France Renault
Vermeil medal 6 France Outhenin-Chalandre
7 France Outhenin-Chalandre
8 France Outhenin-Chalandre
Silver medal 3 France Hanzer
18 France Fernandez
Bronze medal 15 France Créanche

TrucksEdit

Small trucksEdit

The small trucks followed the same program as the taxis and delivery cars, from 17–22 September (excluding the 20 September). They were required to have a minimal carrying capacity of 100 kg (220.5 lb). Twelve entries were made, and ten started. De Dion-Bouton, co-founded by Comte Albert de Dion, won.

Prize No. Entrant
Gold medal 3 France De Dion-Bouton
2 France Peugeot
Vermeil medal 9 France Gillet-Forest
11 France Ricker
Bronze medal 5 France Fernandez
7 France Fouillaron
Plus four other starters

Normal trucksEdit

This was for trucks intended for carrying passengers or carrying capacity of 1,250 kg (2,755.8 lb). Taking place from 8–13 October (excluding 11 October), the trucks had to complete 50 km (31.07 miles). Thirteen entries were made, twelve competed, and eight completed the event. Four entries shared the top prize of the gold medal.

Prize No. Entrant
Gold medal 7 France De Dion-Bouton
3 France Panhard-Levassor
8 France De Dion-Bouton
9 France Peugeot
Vermeil medal 4 France Panhard-Levassor
13 France Ricker
Silver medal 10 France De Dietrich
Plus one other finisher
Plus four other non-finishers

Motorcycle resultsEdit

Endurance raceEdit

Of the 28 starters, nine reached Toulouse, and one dropped out in the final stage. Stage winning times were 58.56 km/h (36.39 mph), 57.12 km/h (35.49 mph) and 51.60 km/h (32.06 mph). Six additional prizes of 500 F were not awarded.

Pos No. Driver Car Time/Retired Award
Finishers
1 29 France Georges Teste France De Dion 23 h 54 m 01 s 2,000 F, vermeil medal
2 31 France Collignon France De Dion 27 h 28 m 32 s 1,500 F, bronze medal
3 28 France Bardin France De Dion 28 h 00 m 26 s 1,000 F, bronze medal
4 25 France Gasté France Soncin 30 h 32 m 30 s 500 F, bronze medal
5 30 France Gleizes France De Dion 36 h 19 m 14 s 500 F
6 65 France Fournier France De Dion 42 h 59 m 19 s 500 F
7 58 France Durand France Soncin 70 h 31 m 40 s 500 F
8 64 France Vial France De Dion arrived
9 37 France Demester France Aster arrived
Non-finishers
DNF 23 France Osmont France Aster
DNF 24 France Henri Tart France De Dion
DNF 26 France Bonnard France Werner Bicycle
DNF 33 France Levasseur France De Dion
DNF 35 France Joyeux France Soncin
DNF 36 France Laurens France Soncin
DNF 43 France Marcellin France Buchet
DNF 44 France Jean-Philippe Beconnais France Soncin
DNF 49 France Villemain France Soncin
DNF 53 France Perrault France De Dion
DNF 54 France Battaillie France Aster
DNF 55 France De Liste France Soncin
DNF 56 France Clement France Ardent
DNF 63 France Caille France Battaillie
Plus five unknown starters

Standard raceEdit

Between 18– 23 June, except for 21 June, motorcyclists had to complete 70 laps of the track at Lac Daumesnnil in Vincennes, 30 in the morning and 40 in the afternoon, giving a daily total of 60 km (37.28 miles). Thirteen entries were made, and Werner shared the first prize with three Rochet-Petit entries.

Prize No. Entrant
Gold medal 11 France Werner
1 France Rochet-Petit
2 France Rochet-Petit
3 France Rochet-Petit
Silver medal 4 France Créanche
Bronze medal 7 France Renaux
8 France Luc

NotesEdit

  1. Other sources indicate either 1443 km, 1349 km and 1426 km.

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