The two-day race over a distance of 140 mile (236 km) began


Sunday 6th March 1898

The two-day race over a distance of 140 mile (236 km) began. It was won the following day by Fernand Charron driving a 8 hp Panhard et Levassor through a rain soaked, rut filled course. Gilles Hourgières, René De Knyff came in second and third, both also driving Panhards. Finishing 27th overall and 4th in her class was a driver of a De Dion motorized tricycle, who went by the name of Madame Laumaille – the earliest recorded woman racing driver.


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