The ALLURE of Rallies & Tours 7 The world’s first long-distance auto- mobile journey, of 62 miles, was com- pleted in 1888 by Bertha Benz, wife of Carl Benz, the inventor of the three- wheeled Patent Motor Car. The trip was designed to prove the safety of the automobile for travel. Although the automobile was still a novelty in America, Europeans were beginning to venture out in motorized vehicles. In doing so they explored and considered a number of factors that in- fluenced their routes and stops along the way. Important considerations in- cluded where to get fuel, and what to do if the car required maintenance or needed repairs or to resolve something as simple as a flat tire. Modern touring takes into consideration many of the same factors. Today, touring groups around the world must consider main- tenance of vehicles on the tour, fuel, accommodations, meals and entertain- ment. As early as 1910, a number of auto clubs had been established in both the United States and abroad to support and promote these efforts. These clubs History_006-009.indd 7 12/23/17 11:47 AM