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1908 French Grand Prix

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Date  July 7, 1908
Course  Public roads
Location  Dieppe, France
Course length  76.989 km (47.840 mi)
1908 French Grand Prix
Official name  Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France
Distance  10 laps, 769.889 km (478.400 mi)

The 1908 French Grand Prix was a Grand Prix motor race held at Dieppe on 7 July 1908.


Formula Changes

The race was run under a new formula agreed in Ostend in 1907. There was no fuel consumption limit, but the cars had a minimum weight of 1100 kilograms, and a maximum cylinder bore of 155 millimetres. This formula differed from the regulations in place for the American Vanderbilt Cup series, which discouraged American manufacturers from entering the race. Lewis Strang drove the single American entrant, the Thomas Flyer.

The Race

Christian Lautenschlager won the race in his Mercedes finishing nearly nine minutes ahead of Victor Hémery's Benz. Lautenschlager's average speed for the race was 69.045 mph (111.117 km/h). Otto Salzer set fastest lap in his Mercedes, with an average speed of over 78 mph (126 km/h). The race was notable for tragic reasons. Henri Cissac's car lost a tyre and rolled, killing Cissac and Jules Schaube, his riding mechanic. This was the first fatal accident in Grand Prix history.


1908 French Grand Prix Wikipedia

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