Category Cars

Britain’s first known car fatality

It happened on Monday 17th August 1896 when Bridget Driscoll was knocked down by Arthur Edsell who was reportedly driving at 4mph. The Morning Post’s report on Friday 21st tells us that Mr Percy Morrison held an inquest at Penge on the body of Bridget Driscoll, the 44 year old wife of a labourer of […]

It’s January 1966 and the future of the Monte Carlo rally is put into doubt.

January 22, 2018 · by talkinghistory2013 · in 20th century, 20th century conflict, 20th century sport, Cars · Leave a comment ·Edit It was in 1909 that, at the ‘request’ of Prince Albert of Monaco, the Automobile Club de Monaco started planning a car rally.  The participants would start at points all over Europe and […]

Red Flag Day for Cars

I suspect that many of you reading the following story will have experienced a similar situation – or even committed it – travelling quicker than you should do on a public road. In the 19th century Britain posted many Acts as life changed – the Locomotives on Highways Act in 1861; the Locomotive Act in […]

This man was no bodies’ fool

The 1st April gives us a chance to do all sorts of foolish things – well until noon time anyway – but on this day in 1913 Henry Ford was not fooling around. It was on that day that he started an assembly line to make motors. He later wrote: ‘A Ford car contains about […]