The swift evolution of the motor car in the 20th century is also well documented throughout the collection. Charabanc trips and early cars were frequently photographed by amateur and professional photographers alike. Many are of makes and models long since forgotten.
The ancestral home of Charles Rolls, one half of Rolls-Royce is at Hendre, Monmouthshire. The house and family is the subject of a number of photo albums in the National Collection of Welsh Photographs.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s Geoff Charles acted as motoring correspondent for Y Cymro, testing and photographing numerous cars. It was his interest in motoring that led him to attend the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1955. While Geoff was outside getting refreshments Pierre Leveque’s Mercedes was involved in a collision and exploded. In all 77 people were killed. The resulting photographs are some of his most harrowing.