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Fernand Charron

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Fernand Charron (1886-1928) was a French pioneer of motor racing.

Charron started his sporting career as a successful cyclist.

Between 1897 and 1903 he took part in 18 car races, 4 of which he won: 1898 Paris-Amsterdam-Paris Race, 1898 Marseille–Nice, 1899 Paris-Bordeaux in 1899 and the inaugural 1900 Gordon Bennett Cup (Paris–Lyon).

He drove mainly Panhard-Levassor cars.

On one occasion, he crashed into a St Bernard dog which became wedged between the right wheel and the suspension and jammed the steering, though he still won the race.

He retired after an unsuccessful season in 1903.

1908 Left Charron Ltd and joined his father-in-law Mr Clement

1928 August 13th. Died.

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