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Please note this lot also includes the subject's early driving licence dated 1899 and signed in ink by Fernand Gabriel. (Rubbed & worn condition)
THE FOLLOWING THREE LOTS ARE OFFERED BY DIRECT DESCENT FROM THE ESTATE OF THE LATE FERNAND GABRIEL, PIONEER RACING MOTORIST AND WINNER OF THE 1903 PARIS-MADRID ROAD-RACE.
Gabriel commenced his motor-sporting activities as early as 1898 where he competed in the first 'Tour de France Automobile' event in 1898 driving a Decauville voiturette. In 1901 and during early 1902 he drove for Darracq winning the 'Course D'Ostende-Voitures Legeres' and the 'La Turbie Hill-Climb'. Later that year he switched to Mors for whom he won the 'Meeting de Deauville' and 'Course de Chateau-Thierry' and finished second in the 'Circuit des Ardennes'. In 1903 still driving for Mors, he won the infamous 'Paris-Madrid' race as well as the second 'Chateau-Thierry' event. He was one of Europe's finest drivers in this pioneering era, with a great many successes, continuing racing activities after the Great War into the mid-1920s. Having survived the First, he was tragically killed in a bombing raid on the outskirts of Paris during the Second World War.