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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
Only a year after it was formed as the Autocar Club, what is now know n as the RACT produced its first year book. The 1924 publication represents a treasury of early Tasmanian motoring history. Introducing itself to readers, the Year Book set out its objectives: 'The Club has formed to watch the interests of motorists in the way of legislation for ta xation, roads, and the control of motor traffic generally. 'The membership of the Club after one year's working stands at 270, but the Club should have the support of all motorists. The more numerous the membership, the greater will be its influence, and on such matters as the obtaining of good roads the support of every motorist is necessary.' An article by the Mechanical Transport Association of Tasmania said: 'Recent events point all the more urgently to the fact that it is necessary that all ow ners of mechanically- propelled vehicles should be banded together in one Association to protect their interests... both the Municipalities and State Gover nment are looking to the truck ow ner as a means of revenue, and whilst as a body they are perfectly willing to pay their fair share, it must be borne in mind that they are assisting largely to develop the country. To support its case: Mechanical Association illustrated its role in moving farm produce to the market -- 'Whereas before the advent of the truck it was useless, owing to the impossibility of getting produce to the railway stations.' Tyre Talk advised members: 'Don't drive fast round corners. De-clutch and let the car roll round.' The Year Book contained a handy Table of Distances, showing that Cressy to Longford A dive in the archive -- our earliest days Trust RACT to save the day. RACT ROADSIDE ULTIMATE members receive unlimited free towing to anywhere in Tasmania.* Join or upgrade today. *Mechanical breakdowns only. Conditions apply. JOIN ONLINE at www.ract.com.au or call 13 27 22. 6505 June / July 2010 32
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