When cars entered the fray, the fact that their owners were usually rich added an element of class war. After Charles Gates, a broker, was caught in 1906 driving 25 miles per hour in an 8-mile-an-hour zone in the Bronx, The Times carefully noted that he appeared in court wearing “a blue serge suit and light-colored spats.” He expected to get off, but Magistrate Leroy Crane told him, “You are a Wall Street man with millions, and you think that you can do what you please.”