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  • Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat was a French race car driver. He is known for setting the first recognised automobile land speed record on December 18, 1898 in Achères, Yvelines, using a Jeantaud electric car. The record was set as part of a competition organised by the French automobile magazine La France Automobile. He completed a single flying 1 kilometre run in 57 seconds to give an average speed of 63.13 km/h He further improved this record to 66.65 km/h one month later on January 17, 1899, also at Achères in the first of a series of record setting duels with Camille Jenatzy. Ten days later Jenatzy managed to break this record although it would revert to de Chasseloup-Laubat on March 4, 1899 when he increased it to 92.69 km/h. Jenatzy finally took the record on April 29, 1899 with the first run over 100 km/h with an average speed of 105 km/h, a record that was to last 3 years. Chasseloup-Laubat managed to win the Marseille-La Turbie long-distance race in 1897 with a steam vehicle built by Trépardoux & Cie, predecessor of De Dion-Bouton. This was the only mayor city-to-city event won by a steam car.

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