- Royal Automobile Club of Queensland
name = The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited
size = 201px
motto = Wouldn't be without them
formation = 1905
type = Roadside assistance,
Vehicle inspection, Travel advisory
location = flagicon|AUS
leader_title = President
Geoffrey Leddy, Deputy President Ian Gillespie, Chief Executive Officerand Secretary
website = [http://www.racq.com.au/ www.racq.com.au]
The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited (RACQ) is a motoring club and mutual organisation, providing roadside assistance, insurance and other services to its
Queenslandmembers. It is a member of the Australian Automobile Association.
RACQ Insurance, its insurance arm, is a 50:50
joint venturewith financial institution Suncorp.
Twelve motorists formed the Automobile Club of Queensland in 1905 at a meeting of “almost all the motorists in Brisbane” which was held at the School of Arts, in Ann Street. The club received its
Royal Charterin 1921. [cite web | title = Question: What does RACQ stand for? | work = FAQs | publisher = The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited | date = | url = http://www.racq.com.au/cps/rde/xchg/racq_cms_production/hs.xsl/FAQ_Foun_faq_racqinitials_ENA_HTML.html| format = HTML | accessdate = 2007-06-29 ] The club was formed as an advocacy group, styled after the successful Royal Automobile club of the United Kingdom. At the time of formation there were only 16 registered privately owned motor cars in the whole of Queensland. cite web|url=http://www.govhouse.qld.gov.au/news_media/racq.asp |title=GovernorRACQ speech |accessdate=2008-04-15 ]
Eighteen local motorists eventually agreed to be foundation members. Half were doctors – a good indication of their comparative affluence – and their belief that ‘autos’ could be a reliable means for visiting patients.
Dr. George Hopkins was voted president, and Dr. Charles Marks was the first vice-president. cite web|url=http://www.racq.com.au/cps/rde/xchg/racq_cms_production/hs.xsl/mem_roadahead_200502getahorse_ENA_HTML.htm |title=travel in 1900Get a Horse |accessdate=2008-04-15 ]
One of the clubs first publicity campaigns “urged farmers to stop placing logs and other obstacles on roads, blocking the progress of the "infernal contraptions" they feared would frighten their cows out of milking.”
In 2005, RACQ celebrated 100 years of service.
The RACQ sponsors the Litter Prevention Award in the Ergon Energy Tidy Towns competition. cite web|url=http://www.keepaustraliabeautiful.org.au/qld/01_cms/details.asp?ID=74 |title=RACQ Sponsorship |accessdate=2008-04-15 ]
Its branches are mostly owned outright, however some are franchised or contracted out. This particularly true of the road service division, which uses contractors outside of Brisbane.
29 August 2006, RACQ officially launched a new mobile branch that functions as an ordinary branch, and be used for exhibitions, trade shows and to assist in large-scale disasters in helping communities get their claims processed quicker and back on their feet again sooner.
* [http://www.racq.com.au/ RACQ]
* [http://www.racqinsurance.com.au RACQ Insurance]
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