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1908 AIACR Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: La Vie au Grand Air, le 11 juillet 1908, p.41.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Daimler Mercedes (DE,0,1)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Christian Lautenschlager (DE,0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 140 GP, 12.78-liter, four-cylinder inline, cast-iron engine, aluminum body, pressed steel chassis, OHV, drum brakes, four-speed, 135 horsepower (Paul Daimler).

The Germans abruptly appear on the global racing scene with Daimler Mercedes and its 140 horsepower Grand Prix creation under driver Christian Lautenschlager. Henry Ford introduces the Model T at a cost of $825 USD in August. The USA grants a patent (undesignated) for four-wheel brakes in December. Departures: Henri Cissac, 30, b. Ivry-sur-Seine, France 1877, d. GP France, Dieppe, July. New Racing Makes: American General Motors. American Chalmers-Detroit. American Sharp Arrow. American Palmer-Singer. American Columbia. French Société Française de Petit Ontillage (SPO). American Velie. American Stafford. American Willys-Overland.

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.

Mercedes14     Lautenschlager12
Benz13     Hemery8
Clement Bayard3     Hanriot5
Opel1     Rigal3

Noteworthy 1908 Races

1908 Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France Dieppe, France1908 1908 Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France At Dieppe, France for the French Grand Prix (770 kilometers) in July, the race comes to a German Mercedes 140 GP under Christian Lautenschlager (DE) in 6:55:43.8 (average 69.05 mph), under nine minutes ahead of a Benz entry. The race claims the life of Henri Cissac and his mechanic, who both perish after dropping a tire and overturning on the final lap. Photo Credit: La Vie au Grand Air, le 11 juillet 1908, p.41.
1908 Vanderbilt Cup Hempstead Village, Long Island, New York1908 1908 Vanderbilt Cup At Hempstead Plains, Long Island for the Vanderbilt Cup (non-AIACR, 258 miles) in October, a 90 horsepower American Locomobile under George Robertson (US) unexpectedly takes race honors in 4:48.2 (average 64.3mph), just under two minutes ahead of an Isotta Fraschini entry. Robertson prevails despite early morning rain, a delay for overheating, and a brief off into a ditch on Lap 10. Robertson becomes the first American pilot to win the prestigious event. Photo Credit: The Howard Kroplick Collection. www.vanderbiltcupraces.com.