CAR BADGES


The fitting of badges to motor vehicles goes back to 1897 when Frederick Richard Simms, the father of the British motor industry, founded the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1907 Edward VII became its patron. Thereafter the club became known as The Royal Automobile Club, more commonly referred to by the initials RAC.In June 1905 The Automobile Association was formed. In March 1906 the AA produced the very first motoring club badge. The first badge had an impressed signature of the club's first secretary, Stenson Cooke. A little later, the badges also featured the word secretary.Vehicle badges are not restricted to motoring clubs. They can represent a wide range of hobbies and interests. The badges over 9000 shown on this site are a selection of many different examples, found in many different countries from all around the world.

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