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A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

1912 Grand Prix Won By France

Grand Prix motor racing originated in France and the French Grand Prix is the oldest Grand Prix race. The first Grand Prix was held on the Le Mans cicuit in 1906 under the auspices of the Automobile Club de France in Sarthe, France with a starting field of 32 automobiles but it is counted as the 9th Grand Prix because France considers earlier city to city races to be Grands Prix too. The 1906 Grand Prix was won by a French car – a Renault – driven by Hungarian Ferenc Szisz.

Georges Boillot started as a mechanic but began automobile racing in 1908. He helped to create a novel range of racing cars as part of the Peugeot team. He debuted with them in 1909-1910 when he raced in France and Italy.

Georges Boillot – 1912

On June 26, 1912 Georges Boillot won the French Grand Prix at Dieppe, France in his Peugeot L76. This was the first motorcar in the world to have an engine with two overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. He is the first Frenchman to win a Grand Prix.

George Boillot bringing home his Peugeot L76 for the win
June 26, 1912

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