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Motor Car Club

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1896. F. R. Simms and Charles Harrington Moore of the Motor Car Club in the Daimler Carriage.
1896. The Motor car Club Trophy.
1899. A Motor Car Meet at Crystal Palace.

Frederick Simms announced the formation of the club in February 1896. The secretary was Charles Harrington Moore.

It was subsidised by Harry Lawson and run from 40 Holborn Viaduct where he ran his Daimler business

1896 April. C. Herbert Goodwin, 33, Nicholas Street, is organising secretary.[1]

1896 May. Inaugural Dinner held.

They announced the 1896 Motor Show to be held at the Royal Institute in the summer and in the same month they organised a demonstration of Motor vehicles when the Prince of Wales was driven by Evelyn Ellis

1896 November 14th. Organised the 1896 London-Brighton Run to celebrate the coming in to operation of the 1896 Locomotives on Highways Act

1896 December. Charles Jarrott is secretary

1896 December. Organised a run from Whitehall Place to Richmond and around forty horseless carriages took part

1897 November 29th. Second annual meet. Full report.[2][3]

1898 November 8th. Dinner at the Hotel Metropole [4]

1899 March. Frederic Wilfrid Baily becomes secretary and H. J. Lawson severs all connection with the club. [5][6]

1899 May. 'A five miles motor cycle race was held on Saturday the Crystal Palace under the auspices of the Motor Car Club. The winning machine covered the distance in 8 min. 22 sec. One mile was covered in 1 min 49 sec.; two miles in 3 min. 25 sec.; three miles in 5 min 8 sec.; and four miles in 6 min. 42secs.' [7]

1899 July. Motor Car Club Syndicate listed to be struck off.[8]

1899 Re-formed as the English Motor Club [9]

1902 September. Motor Car Club (Proprietary) listed to be struck off.[10]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar 1896/04/04
  2. The Autocar 1897/11/27
  3. The Autocar 1897/12/04
  4. The Times, Monday, Nov 14, 1898
  5. Warminster & Westbury journal, and Wilts County Advertiser - Saturday 11 March 1899
  6. The Autocar 1899/02/18
  7. The Engineer 1899/05/12
  8. The London Gazette Publication date:28 July 1899 Issue:27103 Page:4662
  9. Sporting Life - Wednesday 20 June 1900
  10. The London Gazette Publication date:23 September 1902 Issue:27476 Page:6105