From the archive: on this day in 1895

From the archive: on this day in 1895

The second of November is a quite important day for Autocar, as it was on this working day 127 many years ago our 1st ever situation strike the information stands. 

To set that into clearer context, it predates all but two of the 300- as well as antiques that will crawl from London to Brighton this Sunday. 

Indeed, so early were being we that our largest tale was the very first general public exhibiting of horseless carriages in Britain, of a fortnight prior. 

It was held at the agricultural showground in Tunbridge Wells, organised by the town mayor Sir David Salomons and automotive entrepreneur Frederick Simms. 

Salomons’ 3.5hp two-cylinder Daimler-engined Peugeot vis-à-vis was the 2nd automobile to be imported to this region – just times soon after the other exhibit, the 3.5hp Daimler-engined Panhard et Levassor of another entrepreneur, Evelyn Ellis. 

The function was “hardly fair”, thanks to “rough, tender turf”, but however the autos “exhibited really exceptional speed capacity” of up to 15mph. 

Remaining “much cheered as he passed” some 5000 spellbound spectators (a shilling paid each individual), Salomons “steeled himself to dare the majesty of the law” and took to the paved highway into city. 

“The [car] was proven to be less than great handle, and no just one horse so a lot as lifted an eye as [it] sped to some degree noisily by.” 

“It was felt by all existing that the celebration definitely heralded the dawn of a new period in vehicular propulsion on the high roadways of this region,” we presciently concluded.

How the introduction of automobiles affected horses… 

“Every new motion meets with a specified quantity of senseless opposition from prejudiced men and women in this country,” we lamented, “and the autocar is not likely to be an exception to the rule. Folks are apt to be prejudiced when they do not understand a issue, and additional in particular so when they panic any interference with their pursuits. Not unnaturally we shall be expecting opposition to arrive generally from those people fascinated in the breeding and sale of horses, and in employments connected therewith, and it reveals a broadness of spirit and openness of mind, which does credit to its honesty of function, when our present-day The Subject, a journal which may possibly be regarded as to a certain extent to conserve the interests of the equine steed, in a current write-up on horseless carriages, claims: ‘The prospects are that they will provide a wide range of valuable reasons in the future, devoid of in the least interfering with the horse fascination, consequently, blind opposition to development would be out of put, as well as futile.’ 

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