“Never before have motorists in Britian had the opportunity of travelling at relatively high speeds for a long period” begins this folder issued by the AA, one of the UK’s motorists organisations, in late 1959 when this was issued. One has to say that the London-centric organisation can’t have been unaware that the country’s first Motorway standard road, the Preston By-pass, part of the M6 had been opened the year before!
Anyhow, this folder describes not just the route of the core section of the M1 that would open to great fanfare on 1 November 1959, but explains what the motorist would encounter and how to use this new style of road with a ‘Motorway Code’ of driving. It also explains how unaccustomed not just the driver but the vehicle itself may prove to ‘long periods of high speed’ that would not have been possible before on the UK’s trunk road network.
The cover to the brochure is quite ‘American’ in style, echoing the modernity of freeways I suspect, and includes the old AA logo along with the then long established headquarters in London’s Leicester Square of Fanum House.