Monday 7th April 1902

E.T. Stead in a 40-hp Mercedes Simplex climbed La Turbie at a record average speed of 34.73 mph to become the first Englishman to win a continental hillclimb. The 40hp Mercedes-Simplex succeeded the 35hp version and included numerous new features: Its engine compartment was encapsulated so that the cooling air could be fed to the radiator via the flywheel which was fitted with blades. It needed only 7 litres of water. Water was also required for cooling the brakes.

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