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.
127 years ago
This was the last day of Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition, a great fair that celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus's arrival in the New World and offered fairgoers a chance to see the first gas-powered motorcar in the US: the Daimler quadricycle. The exposition introduced Americans to all kinds of technological wonders—for instance, an alternating-current power plant, a 46-foot-long cannon, a 1,500-pound Venus de Milo made of chocolate, and Juicy Fruit gum—along with replicas of exotic places and carnival-style rides and games.
1.8 hp Daimler - the only automobile exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian ExpositionShow Article
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The fifth Vanderbilt Cup Race is held on Long Island, New York. The fanatic drive of Billy Knipper's Chalmers had seemingly clinched the Cup at 225 miles, but it was the unswerving Grant who subsequently thundered home in the long, rakish Alco chasis, a winner by five minutes over Parker's Fiat, and averaging 62.8 mph for the 278 miles.
Vanderbilt Cup Race 1909Show Article
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1949 NASCAR champion Red Byron, who ranked sixth in the 1950 NASCAR Grand National standings, had all 1315.5 points stripped for participating in a non-NASCAR-sanctioned race at Atlanta's Lakewood Speedway. Byron drove at Atlanta rather than the NASCAR Grand National finale at Hillsboro. The Lakewood race was sanctioned by the National Stock Car Racing Association (NSCRA).
Red ByronShow Article
70 years ago
Lee Petty captured the NASCAR Grand National finale at Hillsboro, North Carolina, US., as 23-year-old Bill Rexford wraps up the national driving championship. Rexford edges Fireball Roberts by 110.5 points.
Lee Petty - 1950Show Article
68 years ago
66 years ago
Wilbur Shaw, winner of the 1937 Indianapolis 500 and President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1951, was killed at the age of 51 in an airplane crash near Decatur, Illinois, US.
Wilbur ShawShow Article
65 years ago
Tim Flock led from start to finish to score his record 18th victory of the season in the finale at Hillsboro, North Carolina, US. Flock's record-shattering 1955 performance includds 11 races in which he led from green flag to checkered flag.
Tim Flock - 1955Show Article
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The 350 GTV, Lamborghini's first prototype design and forerunner of the later 350GT, the marque's first production model, was unveiled at the Turin Auto Show. Lamborghini had not completed the prototype in time for the deadline, and the 350 GTV was presented with a crate of ceramic tiles in place of an engine. Lamborghini's first car was not particularly well received, and only one GTV was ever completed. Continue Reading →
Lamborghini 350 GTVShow Article
56 years ago
50 years ago
33 American cars by 4 makers, 18 English cars by 11 makers, 25 German cars by 8 makers, 5 French cars by 3 makers, 8 Italian cars by 4 makers, 4 Swedish cars by 2 makers, and 2 Australian cars by 1 maker for a total of 95 cars by 33 makers from 7 countries were exhibited at the 17th Tokyo Motor Show. Test cars made public included a Toyota electric car based on the Commuter, a Nissan electric car with a 120V-60AH battery, a Toyo Kogyo (now Mazda) hybridelectric car with a combination motor and a small rotary engine, a Mitsubishi electric car and a Daihatsu hybrid car. Nissan, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Honda, and Fuji Heavy Industries also displayed electronic injection systems, and Nissan and Mitsubishi publicized gas turbine engines. Continue Reading →
42 years ago
Charles Chayne (80), Chief Engineer of Buick (1936-51), died in Carmel, California. He is best remembered for saving the Bugatti Type 41 Royale Weinberger cabriolet and later donating it to the Henry Ford Museum.Show Article
37 years ago
Sam Ard started second and converted a dominant day into a Cardinal 250 victory at Martinsville Speedway (Virginia, US) and the first of two straight NASCAR Nationwide Series championships. Ard led 211 of 250 laps on the .526-mile track, holding off pole-starter Dale Jarrett at the finish to clinch the title by 87 points over Jack Ingram, who came home third.
33 years ago
Nelson Piquet clinched the Formula 1 World Driving Championship when his only title rival, Nigel Mansell, was injured in a crash during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Mansell missed the final two races of the season because of his injuries.
Nelson PiquetShow Article
32 years ago
Grand Prix newcomer Ayrton Senna won the Formula 1 World Championship title after winning the final race in Suzuka against team-mate Alain Prost to become the third Brazilian after Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet to take the crown.
Ayrton Senna - 1991Show Article
29 years ago
The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II. The total cost of construction was £120 million (£246 million as of 2015), including £30 million (now £58 million) for the approach roads.The proposed name had been simply the Dartford Bridge, but Thurrock residents objected and suggested the Tilbury Bridge, leading to a compromise. Continue Reading →
The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge as viewed from Greenhithe, 2.5 km east of the bridge in KentShow Article
24 years ago
24 years ago
The Subaru Forester won the renowned Hulman Trophy, a US 24-hour endurance speed record of mass-produced and marketed vehicles, setting a new world record with an average speed of 112 mph.
Subaru ForesterShow Article
22 years ago
The world's first three-door coupe was unveiled at the New England International Auto Show in Boston. While a three and four door configurations have become quite popular on pickup trucks in America, Saturn was the first company to manufacture a coupe with a third door. To the critics' surprise, the design has proven to be a hit with buyers.
Saturn SC2 3-Door CoupeShow Article
20 years ago
Entertainer, author, and comedian Steve Allen (78) was driving to Encino, California to see his son Bill when his car was struck by a sports utility vehicle backing out of a driveway. The impact of the hit ruptured a blood vessel in Allen's chest, allowing blood to leak into the sac surrounding his heart. He died later that evening. Continue Reading →Show Article
15 years ago
A fire in a double-decker bus damaged the eastbound 1.1-mile Limehouse Link tunnel carrying the A1203 road under east London, severely enough to put it out of use for several weeks, causing severe traffic congestion in the area. The Limehouse Link is reported to be the longest city-centre road tunnel in the world.
The eastern portal of the Limehouse Link tunnel.Show Article
14 years ago