|Mes Trois Grandes Courses
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Hachette, Paris, 1912
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|Note: Words in italics appear in English in Beaumont's original account. Where Beaumont is
discussing flying I have often given the original French in square brackets for the record and because exact translation is frequently
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'Mes Trois Grandes Courses'
by André Beaumont (1912)
Circuit of Britain
A few days after the Circuit of Europe, I get ready to participate in the Circuit of Britain [le tour d'Angleterre], organised at the initiative of Lord Northcliffe, the proprietor of the London Daily Mail.
Lord Northcliffe will be remembered as a great patron of Aviation. It was he who, in 1909, put up a prize of 50,000 francs to reward the first aviator to cross the English Channel: and Blériot's historic victory of 25 July 1909 opened up a new, triumphal era for flight.
It was also he, who, in 1910, promised a prize of 250,000 francs for the aeroplane which flew from London to Manchester: Paulhan demonstrated, by his brilliant success, that long distance flights were from then on a real possibility.
Finally, it is Lord Northcliffe, who today, through a further prize of 250,000 francs, wishes to encourage aviators from every country, and machines and engines of every design, to compete against the other, to attempt to identify the best flying machine of 1911and to bring it to the attention of his fellow countrymen.
I minutely study the course to be completed. In summary, one must fly right round England and pass through the south of Scotland. This Circuit of Britain presents numerous and serious difficulties.
1st It will be necessary to fly over the mountains of Scotland - jagged, steep- sided, scattered with peaks - and, therefore, formidable for landings.
2nd The British year contains, on average, three hundred days of rain, mist and fog - the pilots will have, without doubt, a difficult struggle to maintain the correct heading.
3rd A rule prohibits the substitution of either machine or engine - five parts of the one, and five parts of the other will be marked at the start. At the finish two parts of the machine and two parts of the engine must be shown unaltered. The propeller and the undercarriage, particularly vulnerable parts, may be replaced.
This document has been provided to us through the courtesy of Giovanni Giorgetti. To read the rest
of this very illuminating and fascinating story, which was written by Jean Conneau under the pseudonym André
Beaumont, click on No. 2 under the Table of Contents.
Circuit of Europe
Conneau goes to Weybridge
Austrian Lieutenant Bier
The Race Begins
Conneau Arrives at Hendon
Harrogate - Newcastle
Edinburgh to Stirling
Glasgow - Carlisle
Manchester - Bristol
Bristol - Exeter
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