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1895 Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Public Domain.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Peugeot Panhard Daimler (FR,0,2)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Simone Federmann (FR,0,1), Émile Levassor (FR,0,1), Frank Duryea (FR,0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model Type 7, 1.28-liter, two-cylinder Daimler, OHV, four-speed, 3.7 horsepower (Armand Peugeot).

Peugeot Panhard and driver Émile Levassor prevail at the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris event in February and take the Grand Prix putative constructors' title for the second consecutive season. Frank Duryea wins the first major American racing event at Chicago in November. Charles Duryea earns a USA patent for a gasoline powered automobile in June. George B. Seldon earns a USA patent for a gasoline powered automobile in November. New Racing Makes: American Duryea. French Vallée. Racing Evolution: One-liter displacement engines. Four-speed fully encased transmission (Panhard et Levassor).

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Peugeot Daimler16     S. Federmann12
Panhard Levassor13     Levassor12
Daimler12     F. Duryea12
Duryea12     Ceraino (v)8
Benz10     Rigoulot8
     Mueller8

Noteworthy 1895 Races

1895 I Paris-Bordeaux Grand Prix Paris, France1895 1895 I Paris-Bordeaux Grand Prix At Paris for the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race (1178 kilometers) in February, the race comes to a French Panhard et Levassor under Émile Levassor (FR) in 48:48:00 (average 15.25 mph), under six minutes ahead of a Peugeot entry. Under the organizing rules, four-seat sedans receive priority in the race scoring and the same lifts the third-place French Peugeot under Paul Kochelin past the Panhard to victory. Photo Credit: Public Domain.
1895 I Chicago Times Herald Race Chicago, Illinois1895 1895 I Chicago Times Herald Race At Chicago for the Times Herald race in November, a Duryea Motor Wagon under J. Frank Duryea (US) takes the flag in 8:23:00 (average 6.46 mph), thirty minutes ahead of a Benz entry. The feature event takes place on an officially shortened 54-mile out-and-back route between Jackson Park in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, all in the wintry wake of one of the fiercest snowstorms in Windy City history. Duryea avenges his loss to Mueller earlier in the month, yet the Benz team contends afterwards that American favoritism led to a road ruling that unfairly punished its entry. Photo Credit: National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library.