1905 Star Gordon Bennett GP
Star Gordon Bennett GP Car History
The 1905 Star 70/90 hp car pictured on this page was produced by the British car manufacturer Star in their new workshop in Frederick Street Wolverhampton, for Mr F Goodwin to allow him to compete in the 1905 Gordon Bennett sponsored, Isle of Man "Gordon Bennett Cup" race. Two of the 10.108 litre GP Stars were entered in the Gordon Bennett Cup Isle of Man qualifying races, unfortunately both of the Star GP cars failed to qualify. When the 1905 Gordon Bennet Cup race took place at the Auvergne Circuit in France, it was dominated by the cars produced by Richard-Brasier and FIAT which between them took all of the first four positions.
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1905 Star Gordon Bennett GP Car Performance
The 1905 Star Gordon Bennett GP car was powered by a massive 10.108 litre four cylinder engine configured into two banks of twin cylinders, it developed approximately 90 hp, this gave this race car a top speed in excess of 75 mph. Following the cars failure to qualify for the 1905 Gordon Bennett Cup, Star never produced another car with such a large capacity and powerful engine.
10.1 1itre 90hp four cylinder
Star Motor Company car production
The Star Motor Company was based in Wolverhampton in the UK and made it's first car in 1899, the company steadily increased in size, and production rates, until the outbreak of WWI by which time they were producing 1,000 cars per year.
The Star Motor Company in WWI
During WW1 Star was required by the British government to focus on the production of lorries for the war effort. After WW1 ended Star failed to adopt the new mass production methods, it tried to survive by the production of bespoke cars for the wealthily but orders dwindled steadily in favour of mass produced vehicles resulting in Star ceasing it's car production during 1932.
1905 Star Gordon Bennett Grand Prix