Rotary Retro Automobile Fellowship

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How it works


  • Pre War

  • Post War to 1969

  • 1970 to 1979

  • 1980  to 1989

  • 1990 to 2000


  • Donate* with Just Giving

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  • Complete the form

  • Include Photo

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  • Success

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* This competition is free to people who really do not wish to donate as part of this fun event. If you do not want to donate to our cause to enter

Why are we doing this?

The Rotary Retro Automobile Fellowship is an International association of Rotarians dedicated to promoting the preservation and utilisation of antique, classic and historic automobiles as an opportunity for fellowship and service.

We seek to help local communities both in the UK and Internationally to be better places to live and work. This is why we support Aquabox in there endeavours to give the gift of water where it is needed

For each entry we ask you for a minimum donation
of £5*

The proceeds will be given Aquabox

or you can simply donate to give support


Pre War

The development of the high-speed diesel engine from 1930 began to replace them for wagons, accelerated in the UK by tax changes making steam wagons uneconomic overnight. Although a few designers continued to advocate steam power, no significant developments in the production of steam cars took place after Doble in 1931.

Post War to 1969

The modern three-pin seatbelt was invented by Nils Bohlin, Volvo’s first safety engineer. Volvo decided to give away the patent to other carmakers for free, knowing it would save lives. It was compulsory for carmakers to fit seatbelts in the UK from 1965, but only compulsory to wear them in the front seats from 1983.

1970 to 1979

By 1968, UK motor vehicle production was dominated by four companies: BLMC, Chrysler Ford, and Vauxhall. The UK champion, BLMC was handicapped in its attempts to modernise by internal rivalries. Unattractive new products,  labour disputes, quality issues, supplier problems and inefficiency thwarted the dream of efficient high-volume production.

1980 to 1989

Technology called CDX-1 became the first car CD player, eventually supplanting cassette tapes, which had become old technology.

1988 iterations of airbags were installed in US government cars from the 1970s, but in 1988 Chrysler introduced the first production airbag.

1990 to 2000

Electromagnetic parking sensors alert you to hazards when parking. They were “re-invented” from previous technology that hadn’t taken off in the 1970s

Ford first created computer diagnostics for its factory line in the 1980s. But over time the built-in 16-pin connector became essential for all carmakers because it helped garage mechanics with key information about for repairs. On-board diagnostics connections became compulsory in America in 1996 and Europe in 2001.

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