180625 History Talk: History of The Automobile

Date: 25 June 2018 10:30

Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

Subject:The History of the Automobile – or the car!

Lecturer: John Hopwood

This talk will examine the history of, mainly, four-wheel mechanised transport from the earliest 1672 steam driven “toy vehicle” to the latest manufactures’ concepts and ideas for the future

It will be a light-hearted talk with many illustrations and is almost entirely non-technical and non-mechanical and is intended to be of as much interest to the ladies as to the gentlemen.

The talk will commence with some information on La Marquise, which is the oldest car still in full running order today, followed by a quick resume of the various vehicles owned in the past by the speaker.

Then, following a brief look at the first steam driven cars, it will cover progress from those vehicles which used the first gas powered engines, before petrol was discovered, followed by the introduction of the petrol engine.

There will be many illustrations of Veteran through to Edwardian, Vintage, Classic and the latest available “Supercars”.

We will finally have a look at various manufacturers’ ideas of what sort of vehicle we – or our children – will be driving in the future.