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Berkshire Automobile Club

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Berkshire Automobile Club was formed on Saturday 19th December 1903 at The Great Western Hotel in Reading.

The attendance included -
H. J. Walmesley,
J. P. B. Karslathe,
J. G. Carew-Gibson,
Nolan Daly,
George Alston,
H. Harden,
Emile Garcke,
Sidney Emile Garcke,
jArgo Goss,
D. G. Mason,
J. E. Pearse,
Doctor A. Gordon-Paterson,
G. Russell-Miller,
J. E. Vincent,
J. S. Scott-Smith,
W. Roalfe-Cox,
E. A. Greathed,
Robert Hargreaves,
E. R. Portal,
E. A. Barry,
J. P. Jocelyne,
J. M. Napier,
G. J. Cripps,
C. Vallange,
Leycester Barwell,
A. E. Newton,
W. A. Phelps,
C. A. P. Trueman,
E. D. Heelas,
C. L. Mavas,
J. T. Ford,
J. Hohler,
E. A. Potter,
W. S. Whitcombe,
J. Hopkins-Walters,
Norman H. Joy,
Henry Peters,
A. C. Arnold and
Edward Shrapnell Smith &
Lt.Col. W. Waring, the Hon. Secs. pro tem

At that time there were 140 known motor car owners in Berkshire and membership of the Club was intended for automobilists resident in the county and its neighbourhood. The Club focused on the 1903 Act of Parliament which regulated the use of motor cars. Its annual subscription fee was 2 guineas and an entrance fee of 1 guinea was imposed after January 1904. In that year, as a result of the Club's activity, 124 fewer Police prosecutions for motoring offences took place in the county.

The first Annual General Meeting was held in January 1905 with 87 members present. The committee complained about the lack of repair to roads in Berkshire. Subsequent meetings were held at principal houses of members in the area such as Shiplake Court, Hardwick, Englemere House and Greenham House.

1910 Historical notes at Automotor Journal 19100827

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