Historic Overview Fernand Charron


Overall Rank4358
NameFernand CHARRON
Date of birth30-May-1866 - Angers (Pays-de-la-Loire)
Date of death13-Aug-1928 - Maisons-Laffitte (Île-de-France)
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Fernand Charron

Fernand Charron (30 May 1866, in Angers – 13 August 1928, in Maisons-Laffitte) was a French pioneer of motor racing and automobile manufacturing. He started his sporting career as a successful cyclist.

In 1891 he won the French National Stayers Championships riding a bicycle around a track following a tandem.

Between 1897 and 1903 he took part in 18 car races, 4 of which he won: Marseille–Nice and Paris–Amsterdam–Paris in 1898, Paris–Bordeaux in 1899, and the inaugural Gordon Bennett Cup (Paris–Lyon) in 1900. 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 and worked as manager of Adolphe Clément's factory complex at Levallois-Perret.

In 1901, Charron was one of the three founders of an automobile manufacturer, Charron, Girardot et Voigt (CGV). Following resignations, the company was reformed in 1906 at Puteaux as Charron Ltd., the English "Ltd" suffix reflecting a large amount of investment capital that came from England. Shortly before the outbreak of the First World War, Charron was trying to sell his auto business, but he nevertheless was also using it at this time to build cars for the Alda company. The arrival of peace in 1918 found Charron still owner of the business. At the Paris Motor Show in October 1919, it offered two models, the small 6HP "Type TC" (derived from the "Charronette" of 1914) and the 15HP "Type PGM".

Charron married in 1907, and later divorced, Jeanne Clément, the second daughter of cycle and motor manufacturer Adolphe Clément.

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Major Victories

Angers - Course de fond 1891
Angers - Championnat de fond 1886, 1887
Angers - Tours - Angers 1891
Angers - Jarzé 1883
France - Championnat de fond 1891
Dunkerque - Grande Internationale 1891
Morlaix - Internationale 1890
Royan - Grande Internationale 1887
Toulouse - Grande Internationale 1887
Tours - Grande Internationale 1886
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