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BONHAMS LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN. Close. LOADING CONTENT. DAYS UNTIL THE ANNUAL EVENT. SUNDAY 3. Bid Live on Lot in the The Air Marshall Sir Freddie Sowrey Motoring Library and Automobilia and other properties to include Early Cycling and Cycling. and a collection of RAC badges dating back to the clubs early days. In the s, with the increase in car ownership, driving holidays.
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Until around control could only contact the mobile patrolmen by telephone, so they waited by public telephone boxes for the callout.
From onwards they were equipped with radio sets for two way contact with their local headquarters. Infollowing the lead of the competitor organisation The Automobile Association AAthe RAC installed roadside telephones on laybys and junctions of the main trunk roads in the UK for members to summon help.
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Although they were never as numerous as AA boxes there was a measure of cooperation between the two motoring clubs—keys fitted both types of box and members' messages were passed on. The telephones were installed in locked boxes painted in royal blue with the RAC logo badge mounted on the top of the box.
Members were provided with a key to the boxes when they joined the club. Members' cars were identified by a metal club badge usually affixed to the radiator grille and the patrolmen would come to attention and salute as a member drove past, or, if the patrolman was riding a motorcycle, merely salute.Hans Joachim Stuck: Royal Automobile Club Talk Show
This practise was the basis of an unofficial service given by the club to its members; sometimes a patrolman would not salute when driving past. To give members an indication of the quality of each establishment the RAC was one of the very first organisations to provide an easily recognisable grading system.
Their inspectors assessed each hotel and garage and awarded between one and five stars in the case of hotels and one to three spanners to garages.
Anyone know about old AA & RAC badges?
The RAC disbanded its hotel inspection team in The last version of the central emblem appeared in the s and depicted a much more modern vintage car. Two examples are shown, No.
The first badges bore the Kings' crown and were un-numbered Type 6a. A Queens' crown version replaced this in about Type 6b. Both these types were of two piece construction, with an anodised aluminium backing plate behind a stamped, fretted chrome front.
Rare original packaging for a s Type 6a badge. A kind gift from Lawrie Bradly. Although not a car badge, this double sided Kings' crown membership award makes a fine display.