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Automobile Association

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1899. Mors.
1899. Hercules.
1899. Mors.
1899. Mors.
1899. Mors.
1899. Cambier 'Duc'.
1899. Barriere.
1899. The Tourist
1899. Mors.
1899. Koch.
1899. Cambier Dogcart.
1899. Mors.
1900. The 10 h.p. Mors Touring Car.
July 1900. Orient Express.
July 1900. Orient Express.

IMPORTANT: For the later motoring organisation of similar name see The AA entry

of Holland Park, London

Set up by Edward Ernest Lehwess an an import agency.

1899 Exhibited at the 1899 Bradford Cycle Exhibition [1]

1899 May. Sidney Arkins, a director and Fred Frentzel, an engineer of the company where summoned for having driven a motor car to the common danger. [2]

1899 Promoted the Orient-Express car

1899 December. Edward Ernest Lehwess, a director of the company summoned for driving at an unreasonable speed. [3]

1900 Agents for Gaillardet motors.[4]

1900 February. Sydney Frederick Atkins accused of improper use of company money but claimed it was a ruse by Lehwess to gain control of the company. The jury were unable to agree a verdict. [5] [6]

1900 May. The company sued by Algernon Henry Barkworth for supplying a car (motor tricycle) that broke down. Lehwess defended their actions but the company lost. [7][8]

1901 January 1st. Resolution to wind up the business. Lehwess is chairman.[9]

In 1906 The AA, the motoring organisation, asked the liquidator of Automobile Association if it could use the name. The liquidator, who at the time was Lehwess, sold the rights to the name for £100. The liquidators’ accounts, 9 May 1907, show a receipt of £100 from the Motor Users’ Proprietary, the company name used by the AA at the time. There is a matching payment of £100 to “staff”. [10]

Note: Both Atkins and Lehwess seem to have numerous 'incidents' with the law

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Leeds Mercury (Leeds, England), Saturday, January 21, 1899
  2. The Times, Tuesday, May 30, 1899
  3. The Times, Thursday, Dec 14, 1899
  4. The Autocar 1900/01/20
  5. The Times, Wednesday, Feb 14, 1900
  6. The Times, Saturday, May 05, 1900
  7. The Times, Wednesday, May 30, 1900
  8. Hull Daily Mail - Tuesday 29 May 1900
  9. [1] [2] Gazette Issue 27262 published on the 1 January 1901. Page 46 of 78
  10. Mick Hamer, A Most Deliberate Swindle, RedDoor, 2017, pp. 258-59 and the National Archives, BT 34/1490/58240.