RAC Breakdown

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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 Services Ltd.

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