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It is exactly 100 years since this now legendary and indeed notorious Paris-Madrid motor race took place. It required skill and bravery to drive such early motor cars at speeds in excess of 100kph on roads that were mostly rough, potholed, dusty tracks. The only surfaces available on which to run such machines were the main arterial roads of Europe, previously mostly used by horse-drawn transport. The inter-city races for the relatively new-fangled automobiles attracted huge crowds, who lined the roadsides and were impossible to police, especially away from built-up areas. The resulting fatalities to both spectators and competing drivers in the running of this event caused it to be abandoned at Bordeaux, where the leading car, the 70hp Mors driven by the fearless Fernand Gabriel, was adjudged the winner having covered the 550 kilometres in just over 5 hours. Following this event, road-racing received much more severe control and led initially to closed public-roads and thereafter to the fabrication of purpose-built racing circuits around the world.