SALTBURN SPEED TRIALS 1909 - ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM

Oblong album. Grey card covers tied with brown cord. Manuscript titles in white to the front cover and with additional name "Rumboll" in manuscript. 18pp. each with an original photograph by Scarborough-based photographer Herbert Lionel Kettle affixed recto and captioned beneath in manuscript. The album is in fine condition; the binding firm, the contents clean and bright throughout. The photographs themselves remain wonderfully sharp and fresh.

A superb early motoring photograph album, documenting the Saltburn Speed Trials of 1909. The five straight miles of hard, flat, smooth sands boasted by Saltburn were the perfect location for the Yorkshire Automobile Club's pioneering speed trials, which first took place in 1906, watched by 60,000 spectators. The present album illustrates the fourth year of the trials, depicting the triumph of Kenelm Lee Guinness (1887-1937) in his French-made 200hp Darracq (then the world's fastest car), achieving a speed of 120.26 mph across the sands. A member of the Guinness brewing family, he went on to become a well-known racing driver during the 1910s and 1920s, mostly associated with Sunbeam racing cars, and set a new Land Speed Record in 1922. A beautifully-preserved visual narrative of one of the formative events of the sport of motor racing, the album captures both the pre-race pride, as drivers pose by their cars, as well as the excitement of the race itself, with numerous images of cars zooming along the beach, including one of A. W. Tate, who placed second to Guinness, achieving 94.78 mph in his Mercedes. A rare and evocative piece of motoring history.

Stock code: 20079

£1,950

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