History of the AA, AA

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Our history – the AA

We’ve been on the road with you since 1905

19 June 1905. A small group of motoring enthusiasts band together to warn fellow drivers about speed traps.

They opt to call themselves the Motorists’ Mutual Association.

In response to the zealous police enforcement of driving restrictions, the group organised teams of cyclists who, through a combination of signals and salutes, assisted drivers to stay safe on the roads and avoid punitive penalties.

A month later, as the group established an enthusiastic following among the motoring community, they settled upon a new name (and it was a real keeper). The Automobile Association.

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