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1896 July 10th. '... an interested and eager crowd watched some of our legislators of both Houses of Parliament careering round the square in front of Westminster Hall on an auto-car, brought down for the purpose of being inspected by the members. It was a carriage in the form of a double Stanhope phaeton, with a small petroleum engine fixed under the back seat.....The auto-car was shown by L'Hollier, Gascoine, and Co., of Birmingham, whose works are at Maidstone. The car was taken several times round the square at a good pace, and under complete control. The indiarubber tyres on the wheels caused the vibration of the engine to be only slightly felt. At times the pace was fully eight miles an hour. The general opinion appeared to be that the car, while hardly suitable for riding for pleasure, would be a good substitute for drawing weights that would otherwise require several horses.'