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An Everyday Journey Through Motoring History, Facts & Trivia

Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.

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On This Day


Friday 15th January 1909

113 years ago

A motorised hearse was used for the first time in the US in a Chicago funeral procession by funeral director H. D. Ludlow & Pearce Undertaking, 659 47th Street. The service was in honor of the late Wilfrid A. Pruyn. Ludlow had commissioned the vehicle to be fabricated from the coach body of a horse-drawn hearse mounted upon an omnibus chassis and powered by a gasoline fuelled internal combustion engine. This marked a sharp break from tradition, as stately horse-drawn hearses had been in use for centuries.

Earliest known photograph of a motorised hearse thought to belong to Ludlow of Chicago

Earliest known photograph of a motorised hearse thought to belong to Ludlow of Chicago

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