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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2020 10:11 p.m. PST


"For someone who accomplished so many firsts, it's strange most of us don't know Frederick Richard Simm's name. Not only did he found the Automobile Club of Great Britain and started the first UK car show, he also coined the terms motorcar and petrol. Oh, and he was the first guy to literally stick a gun on a car.

Of course, if you look at that car with a gun stuck on it, you may be a bit underwhelmed, because that is pretty much exactly what the 1899 Simms Motor Scout is: a De Dion-Bouton quadracycle with a big maxim gun mounted up front, and a single iron plate to keep bullets from the people who aren't that crazy about being shot at by a gun on a car from shooting you in the face…"


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thosmoss10 Jan 2020 10:32 p.m. PST

Hunh, and here I always thought it was the War Wagon


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Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2020 7:11 a.m. PST

Surely though, the War Wagon was an armoured wagon? Not an armoured car.

A big clue is the horses pulling it….

Roderick Robertson Fezian11 Jan 2020 10:46 a.m. PST

Much earlier.


Stryderg11 Jan 2020 11:07 a.m. PST

But, are not modern armored cars still pulled by horse power?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2020 11:51 a.m. PST



Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2020 10:54 p.m. PST


Ha! The delights of semantics!

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