The Early Days Of The AA

The early days of The AA were born out of the development of the motor car, or locomotive as they were called in those days, as early as 1896 with the Emancipation Act which allowed locomotives to travel without vehicles being preceded by a man with a red flag at a...

London to Brighton 1927

Sunday, 13th November 1927 In 1927, the Daily Sketch decided to organise a ‘Procession of Ancient Motor Cars’ from its offices in Fleet Street, to Olympia. The date scheduled for the event was Sunday, the 16th of October, the first Sunday of the Motor show, and prizes...

The AA’s Veteran Car AA1

This Renault car, built and registered in 1905, is a model VB with Park Phaeton coachwork by Rothschild et Cie of Paris. The engine is a 4 cylinder, 4¼ litre producing 23/25 brake horse power. It has a 3 speed quadrant change gearbox operated by a leather cone clutch....

De Dion Bouton Company

The Rise and Decline of the De Dion Bouton Company “There is a view that De Dion Bouton was as much an architect of its own demise as it was of its triumphant success some decades earlier.” These words formed part of an introductory paragraph that Bill Boddy wrote for...

Paris to Rouen July 22nd 1894

The vehicles participating in the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run represent an impressive array of manufacturers, body types, means of propulsion, and country of origin, and yet I suspect that we would all have marvelled at the entries received for the Paris...