August 10, 2005

Today in Automotive History

1897 The Oldest Automobile Club

The Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland, later known as the Royal Automobile Club, was founded on this day by C. Harrington Moore and Frederick R. Simms. Automobile clubs began as social clubs for people with an interest in motoring and motor racing, born in a time when cars were mainly for the rich. They later evolved into service clubs that could provide emergency road service, travel planning, and insurance. Many auto clubs still exist today and continue to sponsor motor-sport competitions.

Posted by Quality Weenie at August 10, 2005 08:04 AM | TrackBack

Cool. Our main emergency road service is the Automobile Association. (It's known as the A.A). I wonder if that started as a gentleman's club?

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