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image above: Mini owner needing roadside assistance, RAC telephone box (180), Hatfield New Town (date unknown)
The Royal Automobile Club is a British private club and is not to be confused with RAC, an automotive services company, which it formerly owned.
It has two club houses, one in London at 89-91 Pall Mall, and the other in the countryside at Woodcote Park, Surrey, next to the City of London Freemen’s School. Like many other "gentlemen’s clubs" in London today, the Royal Automobile Club now has women as well as men as members.
The RAC introduced uniformed mobile patrols around the roads of Britain during 1901 with the patrolmen wearing a uniform not unlike the military police of the day, including tailored jodhpur trousers. The patrolmen had an army-like rank structure with corporals, sergeants and officers. Mounted on Matchless motorbikes with sidecars containing a tool kit, fanbelts, engine hoses, and metal cans of spare petrol they were usually located on standby at laybys and major road junctions. Until around 1930 control could only contact the mobile patrolmen by telephone, so they waited by public telephone boxes for the callout. From 1957 onwards they were equipped with radio sets for two way contact with their local headquarters.
In 1912, following the lead of the competitor organisation The Automobile Association (AA), the RAC installed roadside telephones on laybys and junctions of the main trunk roads in the UK for members to summon help. Although they were never as numerous as AA boxes there was a measure of cooperation between the two motoring clubs—keys fitted both types of box and members’ messages were passed on. The telephones were installed in locked boxes painted in royal blue with the RAC logo badge mounted on the top of the box. Members were provided with a key to the boxes when they joined the club. Members’ cars were identified by a metal club badge usually affixed to the radiator grill and the patrolmen would come to attention and salute as a member drove past. The RAC ceased this practice in 1963.
The RAC issued an annual ‘Guide and Handbook’ that contained road maps of the UK with the location of all RAC telephones marked on it, together with lists of local RAC approved garages and hotels. To give members an indication of the quality of each establishment the RAC was one of the very first organisations to provide an easily recognisable grading system. Their inspectors assessed each hotel and garage and awarded between one and five stars in the case of hotels and one to three spanners to garages. The RAC disbanded its hotel inspection team in 2004.
Motorcycle patrols gave way to small vans during the 1960s and by 1970 the last motorcycle patrols had been phased out. RAC telephone boxes were withdrawn from service when they were eclipsed by wider telephone ownership and by the 1990s only a handful still operated on holiday routes in the West Country. The advent of mobile phones made the …
Our poles are more than 20% melted. Oceans are rising. Leading scientists expect southern FL to be covered by water in 2050. CO2 output from 80% of our energy systems is accumulating from fossil fuels such as coal oil and gas. Only 20% of our energy is clean energy (geothermal, hydro, solar, wind, tidal etc.) We are experiencing rapid increases in temperature. Some USAID reports predict that temperatures will rise by as much as 6 C in the first half of this century. As a result, crop yields are diminishing and starvation will expand its hold on a greater portion of worldwide population. This no doubt will lead to civil unrest. National Geographic goes so far as to predict the end of civilization.
Picture the world with no motorized vehicles, no supermarkets, no manufactured goods, no municipal services such as water and gas, no government and no safety of any kind. What will you do? What should you do? Money will be worthless while medicine will be invaluable. Food may be the next currency. Clean water will be highly valued. The internet will in all likelihood no longer be available. Good reference books on basic survival techniques, construction techniques, agriculture, basic medicine and science fundamentals might be the cornerstones of your personal library. It’s best to prepare before the lights go out.
My husband read an article in the National Geographic about how our civilization could fall within a matter of days because of food failure, fuel failure or water failure. National Geographic’s movie, Collapse, featuring Michael Rupert, makes us easily visualize the downfall of our political and economic systems as a result of pursuit of energy and greed.
Coincidentally, today I did a random follow up of my favorite snorkeling sites:
– The Red Sea at Akaba
– The Red Sea at Sharma El Shech
– Akumal Mexico
I was shocked when I found that a majority of the coral was bleached white and dead. Our seas are more than at high stress levels due to water acidity, high temperatures and low oxygen levels. Our oceans are a major contributor to our planetary oxygen supply as are our rain forests which we have already decimated. How long can our planet survive?
A solution that could deliver immediate CO2 decline could be effected by instant and immediate cessation of automobile use. We can do this now or most of us will face certain extinction.
This is the end game. Lets play it responsibly. Failure to do so will result in near immediate death.…