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Count Albert de Dion driving De Dion, Bouton & Trépardoux steam tractor at 1894 Paris-Rouen race

I learn today that Jules-Albert de Dion took the chequed flag in the world’s first motor race, the Paris–Rouen in 1894. Sadly for Jules-Albert, he was not declared the winner as his steam-powered car was against the rules (that a car should be ‘easy to use’). This was because his vehicle required a stoker to keep it going.

Given the race was run to promote the motor car as a vehicle that was ‘easy to use,’ it is little surprise a stoker was considered one complication too many.

The award of the 5,000 franc prize, for the car which was closest to the ideal of a vehicle which was easy to use, went to Panhard et Levassor and Les fils de Peugeot frères (The sons of Peugeot brothers). The Peugeot company we know today was formed two years later.

Though a seemingly random musing of the day, it stood out because it is so closely allied to my current quest: a publishing platform which is ‘easy to use,’ is privacy respecting, sustainable and scaleable.

Today I moved a step further by settling on a host who embraces sustainable and responsible growth. Now it is just a case of standing the beta site up. Looking forward to the journey.

Good night and good luck.


Count Albert de Dion Driving by “La France Automobile” is licensed under Public Domain.

This post is day 081 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. If you want to get involved, you can get more info from 100daystooffload.com.

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