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Argent Archer Photographic Album 

The National Motor Museum Trust has acquired an important photographic album documenting the 1000 Mile Trial of 1900, a pivotal moment in motoring history which John Montagu, grandfather of the current Lord Montagu, participated in.

Taking place at a time when few motorists would have attempted to drive more than 100 miles in a day, the 1000 Mile Trial tested not only the stamina of the drivers and mechanics, but also the reliability of their cars. The impressive achievement of the participants helped to sway public opinion of the motor car, which had previously been treated with suspicion and derision.

Argent Archer was appointed official photographer of the 1000 Mile Trial by its organisers, the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland.

This album is an incredible record of veteran motoring as well as being inextricably linked with the history of the Montagu family. A passionate campaigner for the cause of the motorist, John Montagu drove his 1899 Daimler in the trial and was one of only 35 of the original 65 entrants to finish. The Daimler was subsequently restored by the National Motor Museum, where it is now on display.

This historic album was acquired with generous support from the Beaulieu One Hundred. The album will be archived within the Museum collection and once digitised, copies of the prints will be available to purchase online at the Motoring Picture Library.


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