Britain By Car - A Motoring History

Showfields

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The site of the first motor show in Britain

Location
The Agricultural Showground, Eridge Road, Tunbridge Wells.

Date
1895

Commentary
The first motor show in Britain – known at the time as the Horseless Carriage Exhibition - was opened by Sir David Salomons at Showfields on the 2nd November 1895.  Six exhibits were listed – three using Daimler engines, two De Dion Boutons, and a Gladiator tricycle – although only four vehicles actually appeared at the show.

At the end of the exhibition, in defiance of the law, David Salomons reportedly led a small procession of cars on to the road to Tunbridge Wells where the cars “proceeded smoothly and in perfect control to the pleasure of many spectators…”