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1905 Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Non-Primary: www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Darracq (FR,0,1)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Victor Hémery (FR,0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 80, 11.12-liter, four-cylinder inline, mechanical inlet valves, shaft-driven rear drive, four-speed, unadorned lightweight chassis, 80 horsepower (Paul Ribeyrolles).

Emerging French make Darracq finally arrests the seeming dominance of Panhard et Levassor in global motorsport. British test driver A.G. MacDonald becomes the first driver to exceed 100 mph in a vehicle at Daytona Beach, Florida in January. Race organizers on the Isle of Man host the first running of the RAC Tourist Trophy event in September, purportedly the oldest recurring road race in the world. New Racing Makes: British Sunbeam. American Haynes. French Brasier. American Rainier. American Lozier. British Lea-Francis. Czech Škoda.

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.

Darracq30     Hemery27
Panhard Levassor23     Tracy13
FIAT22     Earp12
Richard Brasier15     Thery12
Wolseley13     Raggio12
Locomobile13     Dingley12

Noteworthy 1905 Races

1905 Coupe Gordon Bennett Auvergne, France1905 1905 Coupe Gordon Bennett At Auvergne, France for the Coupe Gordon Bennett contest (549 kilometers) in July, a French Richard Brasier under Leon Théry (FR) takes race honors in 7:02:42.6 (average 48.39 mph), under eight minutes ahead of a FIAT entry. Théry and race leader Vincenzo Lancia in his FIAT dice over the closing miles before the latter suffers a mechanical failure on the final lap, gifting the race to the latter. Photo Credit: Collection Jules Beau.
1905 Vanderbilt Cup Elimination TrialsWestbury, Long Island, New York1905 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Elimination TrialsAt Westbury, Long Island for the Vanderbilt Cup Trials (113.5 miles) in September, an American Pope Toledo 60 under Albert Dingley (US) notches a victory in 2:00:50 (average 56.50 mph), a minute ahead of a Locomobile entry. The final finishing order includes entries from Haynes, Royal Tourist, and Thomas, yet the official Vanderbilt Cup selection committee inexplicably excludes the trio on grounds that existing superior entries, despite their mechanical failures during the Trials, deserve the final race positions. Both manufacturer and enthusiast howl at the decision and allege improper political maneuvering, yet the selectors refuse to budge. Photo Credit: Non-Primary: www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/.
1905 Vanderbilt Cup Westbury, Long Island, New York1905 1905 Vanderbilt Cup At Westbury, Long Island for the Vanderbilt Cup (283 miles) in October, a French Darracq 80 under Victory Hémery (FR) bests the field in 4:36:08 (average 61.5 mph), over three and a half minutes ahead of a Panhard entry. Race leader Vincenzo Lancia in his FIAT dominates the affair and comes within thirty miles of victory before a tangle with Walter Christie in his eponymous racer removes him from contention. Joe Tracy in his Locomobile entry finishes in third position, the highest placing American-made racing entry in Grand Prix competition to date. Race organizer and transportation tycoon William Vanderbilt declares that all future Vanderbilt Cup races must run in Europe until an American entry wins the same. Photo Credit: Non-Primary: www.vanderbiltcupraces.com.