RAC Breakdown Cover - In the beginning
The RAC (or Royal Automobile Club as it was known then) was
founded in 1897 by car enthusiasts Charles Harrington Moore, and
Richard Simms. When founded, the RAC were known as 'The
Automobile Club of Great Britain". When setting out the
clubs regulations, the pair followed the constitution laid out
by the Automobile Club de France.
Within 4 years the RAC had started employing their first
uniformed patrolmen in the UK. In 1907 they gain royal approval
and adopted their current name - the RAC.
In 1926, the RAC began the British Grand Prix, which was held
at Brooklands, and within 6 years they had sponsored their first
ever Rally. Their first rally covered a geographic distance of
more than 1,000 miles. In a unique race, unlike modern day
rally's, all drivers started from different locations, and all
headed to the same finish line in Torquay, on the south coast of
England. 367 drivers from accross the world started the race,
while 259 drivers completed the 1,000 miles, with an average
speed of less than 25 mph.
In 1960, Blackpool became the starting point of the RAC
Rally. The race ended at Brands Hatch and covered more than
2,000 miles. The following year the forestry stages were added
to the RAC rally which allowed for greater speeds.
In 1978 the group was incorporated with the name RAC Motoring
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