Evolution of RACQ
Twelve locals gather at Brisbane’s School of Arts in Ann Street, determined to establish a strong voice for motorists at a time when cars were viewed as a menace.
A member journal titled The Steering Wheel launched. Today its equivalent, The Road Ahead, boasts Queensland’s largest circulation of almost one million households.
The club produces and erects 100 road signs to help motorists on their journeys, giving birth to drive tourism in Queensland and introduces a drive travel service.
First breakdown service patrols appointed. Since then, RACQ has rescued more than 25 million motorists from the roadside.
Piloting service started to help regional members find their way through the ‘Big Smoke’ and cope with city traffic.
Maps and road information provided to the armed forces.
RACQ maintains strong post-war links with the military, purchasing army jeeps for use as patrol vehicles, while many ex-servicemen find jobs with the club.
RACQ driving school established.
Breakdown service fleet equipped with two-way radios.
RACQ travel service opens following the introduction of Australia’s first hotel grading system two years earlier.
First computer installed.
RACQ Insurance writes its first policies.
First stage of new RACQ headquarters at Eight Mile Plains opens.
RACQ House, Fortitude Valley, opens and RACQ Insurance selected repairers appointed.
RACQ introduces the world’s first free youth motoring club membership program, free2go.
RACQ, in partnership with other motoring clubs around Australia, initiates Show Your Card & Save program for members.
In response to the devastating effects of Cyclone Larry, a mobile centre was built so members could quickly access services and lodge insurance claims during natural disasters.
RACQ Foundation established with initial $8 million fund to assist victims of record storm, flood and cyclone damage across Queensland.
On 18 April 2016, RACQ and QT Mutual Bank announced a proposal to join forces and form a powerful member- owned, community-focused mutual organisation.
RACQ Bank launched on 25 September, with a new concept store to open in North Lakes on 16 October.