The way we were: Saluting the RACV

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Patrol Uniform

This 1937 patrolman’s salute has a history in the formal acknowledgement of members.

When emergency roadside assistance was introduced in 1924, patrolmen riding on motorcycles, with their tools in a side car, saluted the RACV badge when they recognised it on a member’s vehicle.

Their smart khaki uniform was very much modelled on that used by the Royal Automobile Club in London, which was established in 1897, six years before RACV.

Patrolmen were regarded as ambassadors of the Club and their code of conduct was strict. They were forbidden to accept tips, or to make known any preference for garages or spare parts makers.

A patrolman was required to be proficient in first aid, as he was often the first on scene in the event of a motoring accident.

This photograph celebrates the launch of RACV’s new Austin 7 fleet. This coupe utility was modified so that its door could be extended, enabling dual use as an ambulance.

Written by Helen Stitt
February 19, 2018

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