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    A century and a quarter magazine is still going strong

    One for the historians.The Autocar. My club has bound editions of the magazine going back to dawn of motoring.

    This is the first ever edition
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    From November 1895

    “The Royal Automobile Club is Britain’s longest standing and historically most influential motoring organisation. Founded in 1897 – when ‘horseless carriages’ were regarded with scepticism and suspicion – to promote automobilism, the Club is proud of its contribution to motoring and motor sport”.

    In 1896 the restrictive ‘Red Flag’ Act referred to as holding back industry in Great Britain , which had required a man to walk in front of every vehicle, was repealed: the birth of motoring in the UK.

    Quite interesting reading given the opportunities and threats around “automobilism” these
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    London to Brighton commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896, which celebrated the Locomotives on the Highway Act. The Act raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14 mph and abolished the need for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag.

    The first commemoration of the Emancipation Run was held in 1897 with a drive to Sheen House in Richmond Park. Then, in 1927, the inaugural re-enactment followed the original Brighton route and has taken place every November since, apart from the war years and 1947 when petrol was rationed and 2020 during the global Covid-19 pandemic. The Royal Automobile Club has managed the Run with the support of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain since 1930.

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    Very impressive history compared to many of it's rivals.
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    The library of University Stuttgart also has lots of historic Motoring Magazines dating back to the earliest beginnings. I assume a lot of other technical universities also should have some on stock.

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    The item I posted is not a technical paper it is the first a weekly motoring magazine that is still being published and available on the newsstands ( and of course now digitally). I think magazines exist elsewhere than this private automobile club. These are kept in neat set of bound volumes in a glass cabinet. However I tend to use the Autosport magazine archive in the adjacent cabinets more as it has wonderful motorsport history. I recently helped a friend find her 911 that had a National championship winning history among the pages — thirsty work among musty pages that required a few beverages in the bar to recover from.

    Nearly a century younger Richard Attwood kindly signed my copy of what is a more technical paper. It was presented by Hans Mezger to the IMechE back in 1972. Seemed apt as he won in one of the racers that was the subject. Attwood was born near Birmingham where the talk took place

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