In 1898 British inventor Frederick Richard Simms built the Simms Motor Scout. It was the first ever armed petrol powered vehicle. It was powered by a one and half horse power Simms petrol engine and was armed with a Maxim machine gun.
Frederick Simms not only invented the first armed petrol vehicle he also invented the very first armoured car (article soon). Two other things his is famous for are that on the 15th October 1895 Frederick Simms organised the very first British Motor Show , which was called “the Horseless Carriage Exhibition”. This was held in the Agricultural Show Grounds at Tunbridge Wells. He was also the founder of the Automobile Club of Great Britain, Which later became the RAC.