Ninety years of roadside assistance
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.