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Th­his priv­i­leged world of Manch­ester Lib­er­al­ism was also att­tracted to the early mo­tor car. Maany of th­ese ‘au­to­mo­bilists’, as tthey were known, joined the newwly es­tab­lished and in­flu­en­tial Manch­ester Aut­to­mo­bile Club (MAC), the larggest pro­vin­cial mo­tor­ing club in thhe coun­try. By 1906, there were abouut 250 mem­bers.

PPost­cards of Deans­gate from that year con­tain not a sin­gle car on thhe street, which in­di­cates mo­tor­ing was very much a mi­nor­ity pas­time of the priv­i­leged. The MAC was over­whelm­ingly a gen­tle­man’s club – women were al­lowed to join from 1907 – which pro­moted it­self as a so­ci­ety of rea­son­able, con­sid­er­ate and civi­cally minded au­to­mo­bilists. Their close links with the Chief Con­sta­bles of Manch­ester, Sal­ford and Cheshire, whom they in­vited to their an­nual gen­eral meet­ings at the newly com­pleted Mid­land Ho­tel, served to keep the law at arm’s length.

Ber­tram and Ge­orge Rhodes joined the MAC in 1908 when the fam­ily owned two cars, a 15 Hum­ber and 10-12 Hum­ber. Ge­orge be­came its pres­i­dent in 1913 and re­mained so un­til his death in 1924. Their

There were about 250 mem­bers of Manch­ester Au­to­mo­bile Club in 1906

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