Near a Stanley Steamer (built in 1918, still running and not converted) at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England is an original sign from London, which reads:
Reckless motorists cause:
Horses to panic!
Women and children to flee!
Dust to fill our homes!
Vile fumes to poison the air!
Keep cars off the road!
--The Antimotoring League
According to the museum, on 28 January 1896, Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent became the first person in Great Britain to be successfully charged with speeding. Travelling at approximately 8 mph, he had exceeded the 2 mph speed limit for towns. Fined 1 shilling (about $200 in today's US dollars) plus costs, Arnold had been caught by a policeman who had given chase on a bicycle.
In the early years of the 20th century there were laws passed that either prohibited automobiles or restricted their speed to less than 2 miles per hour. This was due to complaints that some cars were seen going through villages at the head-spinning speed of 8 miles per hour! A few cities did have traffic police. They were on foot or bicycle and carried red flags to stop the offending drivers. The first one of them that stepped out in front of a car and discovered that the average car at that time took ten times more distance to stop than a galloping horse caused a change in that policy. Soon, the police were driving those vile gasoline-powered cars.
Many states already exempt all classic cars from emissions. So, a big block, first generation Camaro may become as rare as that Stanley Steamer. But if you convert it, it simply will not be a muscle car. And since only 1.2% of those of you who responded to the "How Much Do You Drive?" poll described your car as a daily driver, then I guess we're already pretty much "immobile relics".http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=692.0;all
But do I think the Camaro I buy for my grandaughter in 15 years will have an electric motor? Probably...
I'm sure not going to let her drive my 68!