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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174 years ago
Moses G Farmer of Dover, New Hampshire demonstrated his 'electromagnetic locomotive', the ancestor of the electric automobile. Using forty-eight pint cup cells of Grove nitric acid battery he drew a little car carrying two passengers on a track a foot and a half wideShow Article
163 years ago
118 years ago
A Winton driven by Dr Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker arrived in New York City after completing the first coast-to-coast crossing of the United States by car, having started from San Francisco on 23 May. More than 20 out of the 63 days were spent making repairs, much of the trouble being caused by the poor roads, but a fracture of the connecting rod, which burst through the crankcase, was responsible for the longest delay. Continue Reading →
Exhibit at the National Museum of American History recreating H. Nelson Jackson first successful North American transcontinental automobile trip in a 1903 Winton touring car, the Vermont.Show Article
113 years ago
At 6.15 pm the German car, Protos, driven by Lt Koeppen crossed the Paris finishing line in the race from New York via Alaska and Peking, sponsored by the New York Times, after traveling more than 18,000 miles in 170 days – 88 of which had been on the road and averaged over 150 miles a day (with a maximum of 400 in 24 hours). But the declared winner was American Thomas ‘Flyer’ car after the Protos was penalized for traveling part of the way by train. Continue Reading →
Cars lined up for the start of the New York to Paris road race: De Dion-Bouton (in front), Protos, MotoblocShow Article
108 years ago
Bob Burman, driving his Blitzen Benz in Vancouver, British Columbia, established a Canadian record for the flying mile of 50.8 seconds in an exhibition sponsored by E B Conner of the Imperial Oil Company, Ltd.Show Article
105 years ago
105 years ago
100 years ago
97 years ago
The last South Harting hill climb (now the B2141 road) event was held. The West Sussex (England) venue was one of the most important motor hill climbs in the country during the 1920s, with Frazer Nash, Aston Martin and Raymond Mays (Bugatti) participating. The event was founded by Earl Russell in 1905.
96 years ago
Antonio Ascari (36) died on the way to the hospital after he crashed his Alfa Romeo P2 during the French Grand Prix at Montlhery. He began racing cars at the top levels in Italy in 1919, using a modified 1914 Fiat. Along with Enzo Ferrari, he raced in the first Targa Florio held after the end of World War I in 1919, but did not finish after crashing into a deep ravine. Continue Reading →
Antonio AscariShow Article
95 years ago
91 years ago
Charles Creighton and James Hargis left New York City driving their Ford Model A 1929 roadster 3340 miles in reverse, arriving in Los Angeles 17 days later without once stopping the engine. They arrived back in New York on the 5th September so completing 7,180 miles in 42 days.
Charles Creighton and James HargisShow Article
89 years ago
Creator of the Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company, Frederick S. Duesenberg (56) died in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, of complications from injuries suffered in a motoring accident on July 2, 1932. Born in Lippe, Germany, Frederick moved to the US in 1885. Continue Reading →
Frederick S. DuesenbergShow Article
85 years ago
84 years ago
Racer Ernst von Delius (25) died from injuries suffered the previous day when his Auto Union collided with Richard Seaman during the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
Ernst von DeliusShow Article
73 years ago
69 years ago
66 years ago
58 years ago
A new 50 mph speed limit was introduced in Great Britain for all roads, except motorways, for the five weekends of the peak holiday season from 26 July to 25 August. It was ignored by most drivers.
57 years ago
Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon (80) racer for Sunbeam and Talbot in the 1920s and later a Member of Parliament, died in Buckinghamshire, England. Curzon, better known as Lord Howe, made his race debut at the comparatively old age of 44, in the 1928 Irish TT with a Bugatti Type 43. After leaving the House of Commons he pursued his driving career with increasing vigour. Continue Reading →Show Article
52 years ago
45 years ago
45 years ago
Lee Kunzman, John Martin, Roger McCluskey, Dick Simon, and George Snyder tested the new pavement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a 10-lap "race" during the Governors Conference. Indiana Governor Otis Bowen declared the race a tie.Show Article
35 years ago
The Lockington rail crash occurred at Lockington, Humberside (now in the East Riding of Yorkshire), England, when the 09:33 passenger train from Bridlington to Hull on the Yorkshire Coast Line hit a Ford Escort van on a level crossing. Eight passengers on the train, and a boy of 11 in the van, lost their lives.
Lockington rail crashShow Article
34 years ago
Bill Elliott stormed to victory from the pole position to win the Talladega 500 at Talladega (Alabama, US) Superspeedway, marking the last race at the 2.66-mile track without carburetor restrictor plates. Elliott topped qualifying with a speed of 203. Continue Reading →
1987 Talladega 500Show Article
34 years ago
The German Grand Prix at Hockenheim was won by eventual 1987 World Champion, Nelson Piquet driving a Williams FW11B. It was his first win of the season and his third win in the German Grand Prix having previously won for Brabham in 1981, and Williams in the previous year. Piquet won by over a minute and a half from Swedish driver Stefan Johansson driving a McLaren MP4/3, who coasted over the finish line on three wheels due to a tyre puncture suffered just past the pits on his last lap. Continue Reading →
Nelson Piquet - 1987 German Grand PrixShow Article
29 years ago
Contested over 45 laps of Hockenheim, the German Grand Prix was won by Williams driver (and polesitter) Nigel Mansell. Ayrton Senna finished the race in second place for the McLaren team whilst Michael Schumacher took the final podium spot in his Benetton. Ayrton Senna dropped out of title contention at this race, although it seemed inevitable that only Mansell would be Driver's Champion anyway - he clinched the title at the next race in Hungary.
Start of the 1992 German Grand PrixShow Article
23 years ago
The U.S. 500, the most prestigious race in the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) series turned to tragedy when a wheel from Adrian Fernandez's car flew into the grandstands during a crash on lap 175 of the 250 lap race, killing three fans and wounding six others at Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.Show Article
23 years ago
A mixed-up grid resulted from a wet/dry qualifying session, with Giancarlo Fisichella taking his first pole position at the Austrian Grand Prix at the A1-Ring. Mika Häkkinen won the race. Coulthard was a lap down on lap 2 having been involved in two collisions but finished 2nd just behind his team mate.Show Article
18 years ago
Vauxhall/Opel began a 24-hour run of the ECO-Speedster concept car, powered with the new 1.3 CDTi diesel engine. This run, to mark the beginning of a major diesel-engine offensive for Vauxhall/Opel, established 17 new world records. The concept car averaged 141 mph over the 24 hours, recorded a top speed of 160.2 mph and reported a best fuel consumption of 111.2 mpg.
Opel ECO SpeedsterShow Article
16 years ago
15 years ago
Popular broadcaster and former NASCAR champion Benny Parsons began treatments for lung cancer. Parsons would succumb to the disease less than six months later on January 16, 2007. He was 65.Show Article
12 years ago
Jaime Alguersuari (Spain, b.23 March 1990) aged 19 years 125 days became the youngest driver to finish a Formula One World Championship race when he finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary. Jamie was racing for Toro Rosso - he finished 15th in the race.
Jaime AlguersuariShow Article
12 years ago
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson appeared as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on the BBC television programme Top Gear. His time of 1:45.9 tied him with Simon Cowell for the second fastest time. He was introduced by host Jeremy Clarkson as "a man who has sold more albums than The Beatles, and I bet almost none of [the audience] have ever heard of him."
Brian JohnsonShow Article
11 years ago
10 years ago
8 years ago
The last vehicle was produced at Ford's Southampton motor vehicle assembly plant, ending Ford's 100 plus year vehicle assembly history in the UK.
The final transit van rolls of production line in SouthamptonShow Article
4 years ago
It was reported that Britain would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 in an attempt to reduce air pollution that could herald the end of over a century of reliance on the internal combustion engine.Show Article