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.
120 years ago
115 years ago
American Arthur Duray driving a Gobron-Brillié became the first man to travel faster than 80 mph when he established a new world land-speed record of 83.46 mph in Ostend, Belgium. His car had four massive cylinders with eight pistons. Continue Reading →
1903 Gobron Brillie - Arthur DurayShow Article
105 years ago
A 1910 Buick Model 10 'Bearcat' driven by William W Brown became the first car tp reach the summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado, US without the aid of horses. The 20 mile long ascent ascent took 5 hours and 28 minutes. The uppermost portion of Pikes Peak, above 14,000 feet (4,300 m) elevation, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.Pikes Peak was the home of a ski resort from 1939 until 1984
W. W. Brown driving his Model 10 Buick “Bearcat” up Pikes Peak in Colorado in July 1913Show Article
104 years ago
92 years ago
A series of races were held on the 1.5 mile board Atlantic City Speedway, a track that featured turns banked at 45 degrees. Harry Hartz drove a Miller to victory in the featured mile race while Hartz, Norman Batten and Fred Comer won 60 mile 'Sprint' races, all in Millers. Hartz averaged 128.66 mph in winning his 60 miler, the fastest average of the events.
Atlantic City SpeedwayShow Article
90 years ago
The Plymouth Division of the Chrysler Corporation was created.to compete in what was then described as the "low-priced" market segment dominated by Chevrolet and Ford. The Plymouth was the high-volume seller for the automaker until the late 1990s. Continue Reading →
1928 Plymouth Coupe AdvertisementShow Article
81 years ago
78 years ago
Harry M Rugg (61), credited with the design of the engine for the first Stanley steamer and later a design engineer with Dodge Brothers and several companies , was killed in an automobile accident, near Penfield, Pennsylvania, US.Show Article
73 years ago
73 years ago
69 years ago
Louis Chiron driving a Talbot-Lago T26C won the French Grand Prix held over the Reims-Gueux circuit. The triangular layout of public roads formed three sectors between the villages of Thillois and Gueux over the La Garenne / Gueux intersection of route N-31. The circuit became known to be among the fastest of the era for its two long straights (approximately 2.2 km in length each) allowing maximum straight-line speed, resulting in many famous slipstream battles.
Louis ChironShow Article
68 years ago
The Volkswagen was officially introduced into the United States as New York City imported car dealer Max Hoffman unveiled his first shipment of 20 cars in his showroom at 487 Park Avenue.Show Article
67 years ago
General Motors previewed its Le Sabre show-car, a two-seat roadster capable of 180 mph, at the Milford, Michigan, US proving grounds. Possibly the most important show car of the 1950s, it introduced aircraft-inspired design elements such as the wrap-around windshield and tail fins, which became common on automotive designs during the second half of the decade. The Le Sabre was the brainchild of General Motors Art Department head Harley Earl. Continue Reading →
Le Sabre - 1951Show Article
64 years ago
62 years ago
58 years ago
NASCAR came to New York’s Orange County Airport (New York, US) with the Empire State 200, on a two-mile course. Rex White held off Richard Petty for the win, in front of about 5,000 fans; the mediocre attendance killed any chance of making the race an annual event, as was planned. It remains the only NASCAR event ever held in the Hudson Valley.Show Article
54 years ago
Englishman Donald Campbell drove the Proteus-Bluebird CN7 to a four-wheel, petrol-powered land-speed record with two identical runs of 403 mph at Lake Eyre, South Australia.
Donald CampbellShow Article
47 years ago
The first ‘grande epreuve’ to incorporate the name of a sponsor, the British Grand Prix was run. It was won by Jackie Stewart driving a Tyrrell-Cosworth 003. The Grand Prix was sponsored by the International Wool Secretariat, so that ‘Woolmark’ was included in its title.
44 years ago
Country musician Don Rich (32) who helped develop the Bakersfield sound in the early 1960s was killed in a motorcycle accident. He had been en route to join his family for vacation on the central coast of California. For unknown reasons, his motorcycle hit a center divider on northbound Highway 1 at Yerba Buena Road in Morro Bay. Continue Reading →
Don RichShow Article
37 years ago
The Humber Bridge at Kingston-upon-Hull, England, was opened by the Queen Elizabeth II. It was the longest single-span bridge in the world (1.4 km) and took nine years to build. Continue Reading →
Humber Bridge North Tower, Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Looking north from close to the centre of the bridge.Show Article
33 years ago
25 years ago
23 years ago
The legendary Argentinian driver Juan Manuel Fangio (84) nicknamed El Chueco ("the bowlegged one", or El Maestro ("The Master"), who dominated the first decade of Formula One racing, died. He won the World Championship of Drivers five times, a record which stood for 46 years until beaten by Michael Schumacher—with four different teams - Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Maserati. Regarded by many as one of the greatest drivers of all time Fangio holds the highest winning percentage in Formula One - 46.15% - winning 24 of 52 Formula One races he entered.
Juan Manuel FangioShow Article
19 years ago
At Knebworth House in Essex, England, 120 Corvettes took part in the longest convoy of Corvettes ever in England. 344 cars in total took part in the main event, the 20th Annual Corvette Nationals of the Classic Corvette Club United Kingdom.Show Article
14 years ago
11 years ago
The £200k Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster was unveiled to the press. Powered by a supercharged (Kompressor) 5.5-litre, 617-bhp, AMG V8 engine, the SLR McLaren Roadster had a top speed of 207 mph and could accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLarenShow Article