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The Royal Automobile Club (RAC)

The Royal Automobile Club was founded in 1897 by Frederick Richard Simms and its distinguished history mirrors that of motoring itself. Ten years later in 1907, King Edward VII awarded the Club the Royal title that it still holds to this day and the Club's status was sealed as Britain’s oldest and most influential motoring organisation.

The Club’s early years were focussed on campaigning for the rights of the private motorist, introduction of the driving licence and staging the world’s first ever motor race, Grand Prix and the famous London to Brighton Run, along with governing motor sport in Britain. 

In 1999 the Club began operating as a private members’ club, adding contemporary facilities and modernising and refurbishing both clubhouses for the benefit of its growing membership. 

Today the Club continues to prosper with a diverse membership drawn from all four corners of the globe, two stunning and unique clubhouses, a flourishing events programme and unsurpassed accommodation, dining, sports and golfing facilities.

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