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Lorraine Dietrich Vieux Charles III

This car is the sole survivor of the French team entry for the 1912 Dieppe Grand Prix.

This car raced in the fourth ever Grand Prix, held in France in 1912. Later that year Victor Hémery brought the car over to Brooklands and proceeded to set three Brooklands British Class ‘A’ records which have never been broken.

After the First World War, renowned British racing driver Malcolm Campbell brought the car back from France as part of his team of Blue Bird racing cars. In 1920, he won the first race held at Brooklands after its closure for the First World War in this very car. The car continued to race competitively at Brooklands into the 1930s

Collection Data

Date Built
1912

Location
Jackson Shed

Category
Cars

Technical 
Specifications

  • Engine: 15 litre, 4-cylinder
  • Top Speed: 100mph
  • Manufacturer: Lorraine Dietrich
  • Model: Grand Prix
  • Origin: Luneville, France

Races & Record

  • 1912, Dieppe Grand Prix
  • July 1966, Silverstone