Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia

Infobox Organization
name = The Royal Automobile Club of WA (Incorporated)


size = 200px
motto = RAC members are happier
formation = 1905
type = Roadside assistance, Vehicle inspection, Travel advisory
headquarters =
location = flagicon|AUS Western Australia, Australia
membership =
leader_title = President
leader_name = Alden Halse
key_people = Terry Agnew, Chief Executive Officer, Adrian Firth Executive Manager Member Advocacy
num_staff =
budget =
website = [http://www.rac.com.au www.rac.com.au]

The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (RAC) is a motoring club and mutual organisation, providing roadside assistance, motor, home, contents and travel insurance, personal, car and travel loans, as well as road and community safety advocacy.

History

The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia evolved from the Automobile Club of Western Australia which was formed by a small group of enthusiastic car owners in 1905. They established the club partly for social purposes, such as picnic runs and reliability trials, and also to overcome the hostility of a community that still depended on the horse for road transport. cite web|url=http://rac.com.au/go/about-us/our-history |title=Our History |accessdate=2008-03-26 ]

The RAC has in excess of 680,000 members from Western Australia. cite web|url=http://rac.com.au/go/media |title=Media |accessdate=2008-03-26 ]

Timeline of Major Club Events

* 1905 - Formative meeting in Perth on 28th January 1905.
* 1926 - Roadside Assistance begins: 2 motorcycles with sidecars commissioned.
* 1928 - Touring Service begins, offering maps and introducing use of street signs
* 1937 - Motor Insurance first offered.
* 1947 - RAC Insurance PTY Ltd. was incorporated.
* 1957 - RAC Albany branch opened.
* 1964 - Kalgoorlie branch opened.
* 1973 - Geraldton branch opened.
* 1980 - Travel agency service started.
* 1988 - Finance business started.
* 1998 - Mortgage Find started.
* 2003 - RAC Security started.
* 2004 - RAC Auto Services business starts.

ervices

Roadside Assistance – breakdown assistance
Finance – car, personal and travel loans
Insurance – home, contents, car, motorcycle, caravan, boat, landlords, renters
Home Security – home security systems
Tourism and travel – escorted and unescorted tours, accommodation bookings
RAC Auto Services - A network of vehicle repair and service centres
Member Service Centres – a network of retail outlets providing RAC Travel products and other merchandise

Advocacy

The RAC is an important advocate for its members and the WA community on issues such as road and vehicle safety, fuel pricing, road funding, transport planning, energy and the environment.

Corporate

The RAC headquarters is located at 832 Wellington Street, West Perth.

The RAC Group comprises the Royal Automobile Club of WA (Incorporated), RAC Insurance Pty Limited, RAC Travel Services Pty Ltd, RAC Finance Ltd and RAC Security Services Pty Ltd.

External links

* http://www.rac.com.au

References


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