1908 French Grand Prix

Attached is great coverage from Motor Age of the 1908 French Grand Prix won by a German factory worker, Chirstian Lautenschlager, who also won the 1914 French Grand Prix. Lautenschlager also competed in the 1923 Indianapolis 500. Attachment StrangDest071908 focuses on the travails of the only American to compete in the race, Lewis Strang in the Thomas Flyer. This article (which complements another on the race found elsewhere on First Super Speedway)discusses his struggles with dust and tar mixture used to treat the course as well as the damage to his fuel tank after strking a wooden plank. Thomas that year won the New York-to-Paris endurance race but was nowhere nearly as successful at the French GP.

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