The Veteran Car Club was founded in 1930, and the Vintage Sports Car Club in 1934. Until these illustrious organisations existed there was not much effort to preserve representative examples of early cars. The cars shown here were built during a period of steady development and experiment. Few of the technical advances that we now enjoy remained unknown at the end of this period, but in many cases their practical realisation was not possible because of lack of suitable materials or production methods, or lack of appreciation of their significance. Before the Great war experiments with electrically actuated gear-change had been conducted in Edinburgh. The operation was sound but the accumulators were not up to the job. In 1910 four-wheel braking systems were introduced but the public was not yet ready to accept the considerable technical advance. Until the introduction of the preselector gearbox and the widespread introduction of synchromesh, gear-changing was a worry driving most cars. Attempts were made to simplify the process. Cars reliant on expanding clutches - the De Dion, for example - were successful, as were others employing epicyclic gearing. Even automatic transmission was known in the 1900s but did not go into production. Once Lanchester cars had a disc brake on their transmission, but road conditions caused excessive wear. Rear-mounted engines were much more common during the early part of this period. Until the early 1900s, designers were mainly concerned with the problem of making cars go. As soon as a reasonable degree of reliability had been achieved they were able to turn their attention to the consideration of other problems - the provision of more effective braking, easier control, simpler maintenance and so on. Since they were also able to give more thought to appearance, it was not long before the cars developed their own characteristic shapes. Early attempts were severe, lacking in elegance but, up to a point, quite practical. A few were handsome. Closed bodies were quite rare, partly because people were well accustomed to riding about in open vehicles anyway and partly because their weight killed the performance of all but the largest and most powerful cars.