... began at the very start of this century. At that time Gordon Bennett, the heir to a New York newspaper empire, donated a trophy as a means of comparing the performance of the American and European automobile industries' products. The first Gordon Bennett race was held in 1900, on a 352-mile course from Paris to Lyon in France, in 1901 the race was from Paris to-Bordeaux: 565 Km,in 1902 the race was run from Paris to Innsbruck in Austria, and in 1903 moved to Ireland. 1904 in Germany. Homburg-Taunus. 1905 in France.
The history of the Tourist Trophy...