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June 19, 2015

The World’s First Wedding Car, 1903

The world’s first wedding car has been found at a British motor museum.

Experts believe the 1903 photo of a veteran Daimler shows the first time a motor vehicle was used in a wedding. Now 112 years on, newlyweds can recreate the retro look by having snaps onboard the 1897 classic at the Haynes Motor Museum, near Yeovil, Somerset.

A wedding party pose with a Daimier Wagonette in Weston-super-Mare in 1903.

Staff at the museum delved into the car’s history after it was donated by Bristol Museum. They found it was used at the wedding of James Andrews and Miss Rosa Gough in Weston-super-Mare in 1903 – and were able to track down the original photo to relatives in New Zealand.
“We believe it to depict the first documented use of a wedding car.” Mike Penn, Haynes Motor Museum.
The Daimler Wagonette dates from a time when cars were still known as “horseless carriages”. With a top speed of 11.6mph, it could get brides to the church on time – as long as they set off early enough.

(via Daily Express)

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