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1901 Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Panhard et Levassor (FR,0,6)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Henri Fournier (FR,0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 40, 4.19-liter, four-cylinder inline, sleeve valve system, four-speed, 40 horsepower (Arthur Krebs).

The perils associated with high-speed racing upon public roads swiftly becomes a cause celebre in Europe. New Racing Makes: French Gladiator. Italian Florentia. French Charron, Girardot et Voigt (CGV). British Wolseley. German Daimler Mercedes. American Apperson. American Marion. Racing Evolution: Six-cylinder engine configuration.

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 Levassor97     Fournier32
Mors29     M. Farman20
Darracq21     Girardot17
FIAT13     Tonietti13
Mercedes12     Werner12
Gladiator8     Adami12

Noteworthy 1901 Races

1901 J. Gordon Bennett Cup (Coupe Internationale) Paris, France1901 1901 J. Gordon Bennett Cup (Coupe Internationale) At Paris for the Gordon Bennett Cup (527 kilometers) in May, race officials elect to run the contest concurrently with the Paris-Bordeaux event along the same route. A French Panhard et Levassor under Lèonce Giraradot (FR) takes race honors in 8:50:59 (average 37.0 mph). Only Girardot, who finishes eighth among the Paris-Bordeaux field, completes the distance relative to his other Bennett Cup contestants. Photo Credit:
1901 Paris-Berlin Grand Prix Berlin, Imperial Germany1901 1901 Paris-Berlin Grand Prix At Berlin for the Paris-Berlin race (1105 kilometers) in June, a French Mors under Henri Fournier (FR) takes the flag in 15:33:06, over an hour ahead of a Panhard Levassor entry. A spate of injured spectators along the race route prompts Imperial German officials afterwards to raise strident safety concerns regarding public road motor racing. Photo Credit: Le Sport universel illustré du 6 juillet 1901.