A motorcar was a thing to stand and watch because so few were to be seen.
But even though our awareness of these things has increased tenfold in the last decade, our dependence on the motorcar has continued to rocket.
Another big killer in the world is not a disease, but the motorcar - 1.2 million people are killed each year in traffic accidents, around 3,000 of them in Britain.
It's a moot point, but the advent of the noisy motorcar in the last century must have been a factor.
A priceless vintage motorcar made a historic return visit to the home of its first owner on Sunday, exactly 70 years after it was purchased.
The booklet was first published in 1985, the year which celebrated the centenary of the motorcar , and explores the part that Croydon played in its history and development.
Many of the thousands of spectators who came to see the race on July 2, 1903, had never seen a motorcar before.
The motorcar becomes so much part of our lives that we take it for granted.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was not present, pleaded guilty, through his solicitor, to driving a motorcar at a speed of 26 miles an hour on the Cheriton Road.
Frederick William Bremer, a plumber and gas fitter, built the first British four-wheeled petrol-engined motorcar .