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Givors, Rhone-Alpes

The Automobile Club de France had previously chosen a northern town for the Grand Prix before Lyon was named as host venue in 1914. A 23-mile circuit at nearby Givors was chosen for what proved to be a seminal event – played out under the spectre of impending war in Europe. Christian Lautenschlager led an unpopular victory for Mercedes and Germany in what was one of the great Grands Prix in the days before World War I. The race returned 10 years later on a shortened version of the circuit with Giuseppe Campari winning for Alfa Romeo.