Britain was rather behind Germany and France in particular as regards development of the horseless carriage, thus the Hon Evelyn Ellis had to purchase and import a French Panhard-Levassour in order to become our first motorist


Saturday 6th July 1895

Britain was rather behind Germany and France in particular as regards development of the horseless carriage, thus the Hon Evelyn Ellis had to purchase and import a French Panhard-Levassour in order to become our first motorist. His car was taken by train to Micheldever in Hampshire from where the owner and his friend Frederick Simms drove to Datchet on this day. Ellis was not just breaking new ground, he was determined to break the law, specifically that restricting motor-vehicles to a maximum speed of 4mph with a red-flag bearer before them. Ellis the speed fiend reached a daring 20mph, and only according to Simms frightened two of the 133 horses they encountered.


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