Business And Car Review | 1905 Gordon-Bennett Cup Winner - Richard Brasier

1905 Postcard showing the Richard-Brasier stand upwardly at the Paris Salon (from the collection of the author)

I came across this postcard inward Monterey together with couldn't resist. As it states, the carte du jour illustrates the Richard-Basier stand upwardly at the Paris Salon inward 1906. The star-car of the French show, the 1905 Gordon-Bennett winning racer is seen forepart together with center.

The French theater of Richard-Brasier has a confusing history alongside many lift changes, but the elementary version starts alongside brothers Georges together with Maxine Richards. They entered the wheel work concern inward 1893 together with a few years afterward started manufacturing vehicles resembling the Benz Velo. In 1901, they enticed Henri Brasier, the principal designer for Mors, to bring together the team. His behave on was immediate together with past times 1902, Brasier's lift was added to the marquee. 

The Gordon-Bennette Cup was the premier international race at the plow of the 20th century. Founded past times the American possessor of the New York Herald, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., the race was overseen past times the Automobile Club de French Republic (ACF) together with opened upwardly to the qualifying cars from each country. First raced inward  1900, the race was won past times a Panhard. Mors would accept the fastest fourth dimension inward 1901 together with this lawsuit would behave on the Richard brother's determination to approach Henri Brasier. S.F. Edge would alter the game inward 1902, winning the race together with taking the Cup from France. After Mercedes won inward 1903, Richard-Brasier would convey the Cup dwelling theater to French Republic inward 1904. The race held the greatest prestige together with French Republic took enormous pride inward beingness on the cutting border of the automobile industry. 

Henri Brasier would brand minor changes to the 1905 Richard-Brasier racer, lowering the pump of gravity. The auto had a 4-cylinder engine producing xc hp at 1200 rev - 3 frontward speeds and dual-chain drive. At 2150 pounds together with 104 inch wheel base, the auto was really much inward keeping alongside the prevailing pattern of the day. With Leon Thery at the wheel (the 1904 winning driver), the auto would win the French elimination trials. Richard-Brasier fielded ii cars driven past times Thery together with Cailois - together with alongside strict instructions to keep their speed nether 50mph, they would complete the race 1st together with 2nd. The racers sure enough had the capability for higher speeds, but they wisely recognized the postulate to become the distance. The Fiat squad Pb the begin ii laps past times quite a margin, but would retire alongside mechanical problems, giving the win to Thery together with the release five Richard-Brasier racer.

photo credit: Motor Age July 6, 1905

The 1905 Gordon-Bennett Cup was function on the Auvergne circuit roofing four laps or about 340 miles. Thery won inward 7.02:25 (just over 7 hours) at an average speed of 48.5 miles per hour. This would plow out to hold upwardly the final running of the Gordon-Bennett Cup equally French Republic (and England) would pick out non to resume the competition (forever keeping the loving cup inward France). The contest would hold upwardly replaced alongside an endurance race at Circuit de la Sarthe inward Le Mans.

It was written that the Richard-Brasier company would ship the auto equally good equally Thery together with Cailois to the America to function the Vanderbilt Cup, but does not appear to guide hold happened. In 1904/1905 the Richard brothers left the company to start the Unic that went on to achieve success edifice low-cal cars together with cabs. The companionship name changed to Brasier, however, they would not repute their successes of 1905. In 1927 the lift was changed yet in i lawsuit again - to Chaigneau-Brasier - together with inward 1930 they ceased production, selling the factory to Delahaye.

photo credit: The Autocar Dec 23, 1905


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