March 1902 saw the first motor car, in Whitaker Street, Te Aroha.
|Thames Star 10 March 1902|
Later in Thames in 1905, there was delight when Mr and Mrs MYERS came to town in their car, after a trip to Rotorua. They reportedly had met with much attention all along the way!
|Thames Star 16 November 1904|
|Thames Star 17 January 1905|