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International Automobile Race.

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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Bennett Cup

International Automobile Race.

The New York Times
June 15, 1900


PARIS, June 14.—The international automobile race for the James Gordon Bennett Cup, from Paris to Lyons, was won by M. F. Charron of France.  Alexander Winton of Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America, participated in the contest.

Mr. Winton's machine was smashed on the road.  He was first reported as arriving at Chartres with an axle damaged, and later news from him was that he had passed Chateaudun fourth with his front wheel buckled and the tire of his hind wheel badly split.  He abandoned the race at Orleans.

The race started at Ville d'Avray, a suburb of Paris, at 3:14 A. M.  The route was through Versailles, Chartres, Orleans, Nevere, and Roanne to Lyons, a distance of 566 kilometers.  M. Charron arrived at Lyons at 12:23 P. M.

In addition to M. Charron and Mr. Winton, two Frenchmen and a Belgian participated.  A Frenchman, P. Girardot, was second, reaching the goal at 2:17 P. M.



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