The first AA badges were used for practical purposes. In our bicycle scouts were issued with a simple metal badge carrying the AA sign and their individual scout number, as a means of identification for all passing drivers. And of course, distinctive badges were provided to AA member drivers from , who would proudly display them on their vehicles. Look for the new style badge on the car grill, introduced in Precise details of the earliest AA car badges have not survived. We know that they were issued in April , and were of a uniform pattern. It is likely that the first two or three hundred were made only in brass.
In November a smaller version of the AA badge was made for motorcycles.
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During the First World War, motorcycle badges were given coloured heart-shape tokens indicating membership expiry dates. Motor Union car badge first issued in originally without wings.
After amalgamation with the Motor Union, a combined badge was designed in incorporating the M and wings from the body's emblem with the intertwined AA. It was the standard pattern for the next half century, varying only in size, type of metal and method of fixing.
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From about onwards brass badges gave way almost entirely to nickel or chromium finish. During the s the wings were made straighter and pinions were given greater definition. A combined AA and MU motorcycle badge with a subscription renewal 'token', to only.
From to members of the AA Committee displayed the original circular badge surmounted by a pennant. The short-lived pentagonal light car badge, for two- or three-seater cars up to Industrial or commercial vehicle section badge, brass with red background, to around Industrial or commercial vehicle section badge, around to It was made in chrome with an attractive basket-weave design.
Chromium motor cycle badge, first issued in and replaced around Small car radiator badge, from to In the shape was made more compact with a convex dome, and this design lasted until The dome badge was replaced in with a large chrome and yellow rectangular plaque, which is still in use today. Cars might have been on the roads, but there was little in the way of garages or petrol pumps, or even people who knew much about repairing or changing tyres.
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The distinctive badge was also the only way an RAC member could be identified. The first badge, featuring WA's black swan, was produced in and became an instant hit with members.
A combined AA and MU motorcycle badge with a subscription renewal 'token', to only. From to members of the AA Committee displayed the original circular badge surmounted by a pennant. The short-lived pentagonal light car badge, for two The RAC badge: A status symbol The first RAC badge. Mounted onto members' cars from the early days, the RAC badges became something of a status symbol, particularly because at the time, automobiles were mostly owned by wealthier Western Australians. The distinctive badge was also the only way an RAC member could be identified. New listing VINTAGE s ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB BADGE - RAC INCLUDING FITTINGS. ? 0 bids. ? postage. Ending Sunday at PM BST 6d 14h Type: Badges & Mascots Brand: RAC. VINTAGE s ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB GB TOURING BADGE-RAC GREAT BRITAIN CAR PLATE. ? 6 bids. ? postage.
The swan remained even after the badge was changed in when RAC became affiliated with the Royal Automobile Club of England, much to the delight of members. Given the status of the badges, leaving it on a vehicle when selling it often made the car more attractive to the buyer. In the club cracked down on rogue RAC badge-toting cars driving Perth streets.
May 08, Is there a reference anywhere for dating old RAC badges? I've a fair selection, some metal, some plastic, all different ages, but it'd be handy to put something together to enable them to be dated reasonably accurately. RJ Rick (OCC Admin) Various ss - Austin, Morris, Commer, Dodge etc. Mar 24, V is an example of an RAC Associate (or 'Get You Home' - as it used to be known) badge produced between , built by the 'Birmingham Metal Company' of fairly cheap materials as a result of the scarcity of materials (such as enamel) after the war. AA Badge - Serial Numbering System Through Page 1. through April - July Page 2: through Sept - Sept.
Keen to show off its royal affiliations, the badge design was changed in to a chrome diamond shape incorporating the King's crown on top, the letters RAC in the centre, and an anodised blue backing plate.
This style of badge remained in use until as late as when the last RAC badge, a small barrel-shaped type, was introduced and designed for bolting onto vehicle registration plates.