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1897 Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Public Domain.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Panhard et Levassor Daimler (FR,0,2)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Paul Jamin (FR,0,1,V)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model Phaeton 6, 1.19-liter, four-cylinder twin engine Daimler, steering wheel, four-speed, six horsepower (Arthur Krebs).

French Panhard et Levassor begins an extended winning racing tradition that spurs a heightened degree of interest in global motorsport. The Royal Automobile Club organizes at London in August. First passenger car dealership opens at London in October. Departures: Émile Levassor, 54, b. Marolles-en-Hurepoix, France 1843, d. postrace GP Paris-Marseille, September. New Racing Makes: French Darracq. American Winton. American Oldsmobile. French Georges Richard. French Mors. German Dürkopp. Racing Evolution: Aluminum transmission components (Panhard et Levassor). Boxer engine configuration (Daimler).

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.

Panhard Levassor Daimler38     Jamin (v)24
Benz30     Lemaitre13
Bollee (v)28     Giraud13
De Dion23     Hourgieres13
Rochet Schneider16     Chasseloup-Laubat12
Peugeot13     Cobianchi12

Noteworthy 1897 Races

1897 I Paris-Dieppe Grand Prix Dieppe, France1897 1897 I Paris-Dieppe Grand Prix At Dieppe, France for the Paris-Dieppe race (171 kilometers) in July, the automobile sedan class victory comes to a French De Dion Steam Wagon under Jules-Albert Comte de Dion (FR) in 4:19:34, under seventeen minutes ahead of the remaining sedan entries. The Comte De Dion finishes runner-up in the event to a single-cylinder French Bollée voiturette motorcycle ridden by Paul Jamin. Photo Credit: Public Domain.