Touring by motor coach has a longer history than is sometimes appreciated. In Great Britain at least, motor coaches were used for tourist travel from the early days of the twentieth century, succeeding and gradually supplanting the horse‐drawn wagonette or “charabanc”. Chancy vehicles of uncertain temper and impolite habits, churning up dust, belching smoke and sometimes steam, not very comfortable—they yet appealed to the adventurous, and with popular encouragement they improved rapidly. By 1905 or so, parties of people were banding together and taking quite long journeys, which sometimes extended over several days.
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