Friday 9th June 1899
The first hill climb in England was held over a 325-yard course at Petersham Hill, Richmond, London. Most of the drivers were employees of the dealers and manufacturers concerned. The fastest climb was made by a Barriere tricycle at about 14 mph, followed by a Leitner ‘dogcart’. It was reported that a Benz ‘tore up the hill’ at 10 mph and that the Right Hon. Charles Rolls averaged 8.75 mph with his ‘racing’ Panchard.