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1904 Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Non-Primary: www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Panhard et Levassor (FR,0,9)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Léon Théry (FR,0,1), George Heath (US,0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 90, 16.19-liter, four-cylinder inline, aluminum crankcase, suction-operated inlet valves, high tension magneto, four-speed, shaft-driven, 90 horsepower (Arthur Krebs).

American George Heath posts unanticipated yet impressive triumphs at both the Circuit des Ardennes and the Vanderbilt Cup events. New Racing Makes: Italian Itala. American Royal. American Maxwell-Briscoe. American Motor. American Corbin. Belgian Excelsior. American Schacht. American Premiere. Spanish Hispano Suiza. Racing Evolution: Shaft-driven power transmission to rear wheels, high-tension magneto, aluminum crankcase and other components (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.

Panhard Levassor44     Thery24
Richard Brasier25     Heath24
Mercedes20     Teste16
Clement Bayard13     Clement13
FIAT12     Lancia12
Turcat Mery10     Rougier10

Noteworthy 1904 Races

1904 Circuit des Ardennes Hamburg, Germany1904 1904 Circuit des Ardennes At Bastogne for the Circuit des Ardennes (591 kilometers) in July, a French Panhard et Levassor Model 70 under George Heath (US) takes race honors in 5:30:49 (average 66.64 mph), over an hour ahead of a companion Panhard entry. Heath becomes the first American-born driver to win a major international race upon foreign soil. Photo Credit: Collection Jules Beau.
1904 Vanderbilt Cup Westbury, Long Island, New York1904 1904 Vanderbilt Cup At Westbury, Long Island for the Vanderbilt Cup (284.5 miles) in October, a French Panhard et Levassor 90 under George Heath (US) notches a victory in 5:46:25 (average 52.22 mph), a minute and a half ahead a Clément-Bayard entry. The intercontinental high society event stirs the wrath of rural Long Islanders who howl upon the local taxes assessed upon themselves to pay for road improvements and viewing areas. The race claims the life of the mechanic of driver George Arents, who perishes in an overturn shunt near Hempstead on Lap 2. Photo Credit: Non-Primary: www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/.