Ninety years of road­side as­sis­tance

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

WHEN RAC Road­side As­sis­tance started 90 years ago, two road pa­trols – HV Ma­son and RL Stock­bridge – lit­er­ally pa­trolled the roads for bro­ken down mo­torists.

“In its first week, Road­side As­sis­tance at­tended to 31 cars across 180 miles,” chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Agnew said.

The use of mo­tor­cy­cles con­tin­ued through to the late 1940s, when the RAC fleet be­gan to be re­placed by Austin A40 panel vans and smaller Mor­ris Mi­nor cars.

By 1957 the break­down ser­vice be­came avail­able 24 hours a day.

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