NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
1st September, 1902 : A total of 63 motor cars took part in reliability trials driving from Crystal Palace to Folkestone and back today, and showed to everyone’s satisfaction that they are now almost as reliable as railways as means of transport. The trials, organised by the Automobile Club, were designed to see how each vehicle performed over the 139-mile route fully laden with passengers and keeping firmly to am eight miles per hour speed limit through towns. A maximum of two hours was allowed to prepare each car before they set off at 20-second intervals. Most managed to complete the course without mishap, although there were some unfortunate incidents of horses annoying motorists along the way.
[Today, 110 years later, the cyclists replaced horses]