Émile Mayade

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Emile Mayade

Émile Mayade (born August 21, 1853 in Clermont-Ferrand , † September 18, 1898 in Chevanceux, Charente-Maritime Department ) was a French car pioneer and racing driver.

life and career

Mayade was an early employee of René Panhard and Émile Levassor , who produced the vehicles of the Panhard & Levassor (later Panhard) brand, and became workshop manager in this company.

On Panhard, he also started the very first car race in history, on July 22, 1894 at Paris – Rouen over 127 km, where he was seventh, on February 25, 1895 at Paris – Bordeaux – Paris (1178 km), which he ran on finished in sixth place. He celebrated his greatest success with victory in the Paris – Marseille – Paris race in 1896 over 1710 km, where he also won the last three (of ten) daily stages. In this race, his employer Émile Levassor had a serious accident; he died of the consequences six months later. Already on November 14th Mayade took part in the historic Emancipation Act over 86 km from London to Brighton , where he finished fourth behind two motor tricycles by Léon Bollée and another Panhard & Levassor. This vehicle remained in the UK and was sold to Sir Charles Rolls in 1897 for GB £ 1200 . It still exists today.

In the autumn of 1898, Émile Mayade died - through no fault of its own - in one of the first fatal road accidents in history with an automobile.


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Web links

Commons : Émile Mayade  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Driver Database - Internet site: Émile Mayade. From: www.driverdb.com , accessed November 8, 2012 .
  2. teamdan.com: 1894 Grand Prix and Paris Races
  3. teamdan.com: 1895 Grand Prix and Paris Races
  4. Forix - website: Grand Prix winners from 1894 to 2012. From: 8w.forix.com , accessed November 8, 2012 .
  5. teamdan.com: 1896 Grand Prix and Paris Races
  6. a b c gilbert.mayade.pagesperso-orange: Emile MAYADE, coureur automobile