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.
128 years ago
94 years ago
World Land Speed Record holder Parry Thomas (42), was killed at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, Wales when the chain of his car, the High Special Babs, snapped severing his head. He was the first driver to die during a world land speed record attempt. This was the final world land speed record attempt made at Pendine Sands.
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89 years ago
Alfieri Maserati (44) Italian automotive engineer, known for establishing and leading the Maserati racing car manufacturer with the other Maserati Brothers, died from liver complications related to an accident in 1928.
Alfieri MaseratiShow Article
82 years ago
The Opel Kapitän was launched at the Geneva Motor Show, initially available in many different body styles, the most popular one being the 4-door saloon. The pre-war Kapitän featured a unitary body, a modern feature for its time. The car inherited its 2.5-litre engine from its predecessor: in this application a maximum speed of 73 mph (118 km/h) was reported.
Opel KapitanShow Article
82 years ago
79 years ago
The Auburn Automobile Company, builder of the classic Auburn automobiles, changes its name to the American Central Manufacturing Company. Having started by Charles Eckhart in 1875 as the Eckhart Carriage Company of Auburn Indiana, the company's heyday was after it was purchased by Errett Lobban Cord in 1925. One of the most famous Auburns was the 851 Speedster in 1935. Continue Reading →
1935 Auburn Speedster advertisementShow Article
79 years ago
74 years ago
72 years ago
The post-war car market was so strong in the United States that a number of bold entrepreneurs formed independent car companies to challenge the established Big Three. Arguably the most remarkable such independent was the Tucker Corporation, founded by Preston "P.T. Continue Reading →
Tucker Corporation Christmas Card, 1947. The card illustrates the basic design of the 1948 Tucker, but with non-production trim.Show Article
65 years ago
Ernst Loof (48) died in Bonn Germany. A multiple motorcycle champion prior to the war, Loof also worked as a BMW engineer and built the special 328 coupe which Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Baumer used to win the truncated 1940 Mille Miglia. After the war Loof established himself quite a reputation as designer of the Veritas cars and drove one of these BMW-engined machines in the 1953 German Grand Prix. Continue Reading →
Ernst LoofShow Article
64 years ago
Jack Smith took the lead from Buck Baker with 14 laps to go and won the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt Concord Speedway. Baker finished second and Speedy Thompson third, giving owner Hugh Babb's factory backed Chevy team a 1-2-3 sweep. Mel Larson of Las Vegas won the pole in his independent Ford, but was retired early.Show Article
63 years ago
The first Subaru, the Subaru 360 was launched. At that time, Japanese automobile manufacturers were working on developing small cars according to a plan calling for the production of a "people's car" as advocated by Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry. The Subaru 360 was developed in line with this concept. Continue Reading →
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57 years ago
49 years ago
Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar Motors, retired as Chairman of Jaguar Cars Ltd. He ruled Jaguar with an iron fist and an iron will. Even when Jaguar was later absorbed by the larger British Motor Corporation, Sir William made it clear that in matters concerning Jaguar, he was the ultimate authority. Continue Reading →
Sir William LyonsShow Article
48 years ago
Mike ‘the Bike’ Hailwood, already one of the world’s top motorbike riders switched to four wheels to try his hand at grand prix racing. He was on the grid for the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami when his car was struck by Clay Regazzoni’s BRM which then burst into flames with Regazzoni unconscious at the wheel. Hailwood immediately dived into the flames, undid Regazzoni’s seatbelts and dragged him clear of the burning wreckage. Continue Reading →
Mike Hailwood and Clay Regazzoni 1973 South African Grand Prix at KyalamiShow Article
47 years ago
Richard Petty drove his Dodge to victory in the 'Carolina 500' NASCAR Grand National race at the North Carolina Motor Speedway. Cale Yarborough, in the Richard Howard Chevy, finished more than a lap behind in second. After the race, Petty criticized the new NASCAR point system.
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44 years ago
41 years ago
The Audi Quattro coupe was launched to a stunned reception at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show. Until then, the all-wheel-drive principle had been restricted to relatively clumsy off-road vehicles, but the Audi Quattro was a genuine high performance car. A red 1983 Quattro was driven by DCI Gene ‘fire up the Quattro’ Hunt, (played by Philip Glenister) in the television drama Ashes to Ashes (aired on BBC1 from 2008 to 2010).
30 years ago
30 years ago
29 years ago
Nigel Mansell set the fastest lap on his way to winning the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami in his Williams. He also took pole for the race. Riccardo Patrese was second in the other Williams and Ayrton Senna finished third in his McLaren.Show Article
29 years ago
Maria Grazia Lombardi (50), best known as Lella Lombardi, a female racing driver from Italy who participated in 17 F1 World Championship Grands Prix, died. She scored a total of 0.5 championship points, and is the only female Formula One driver in history to have a top 6 finish in a World Championship race, at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix. Half points were awarded for this race due to a shortened race distance; hence Lombardi received half a point instead of the usual one point.
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25 years ago
25 years ago
19 years ago
The Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the season, was won by defending World Champion Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari F2001, becoming just the eighth driver to win the event three times since it was first held in 1928. Another hero was Mark Webber, the Australian driver making his F1 debut for the Minardi team which was then owned by Australian Paul Stoddart. Weber finished fifth for the minnows earning 2 points and a fantastic reaction from his boss and the home crowd.
2002 Australian Grand Prix startShow Article
16 years ago
15 years ago
The M4 Toll was announced as part of a raft of measures to improve road transport in Wales. It was estimated that the road would cost £350m, and be financed by a Private finance initiative (PFI) with the Welsh Assembly. Construction was expected to begin by 2009, with the tolling using satellite tracking or radar-tag systems.Show Article
12 years ago
The ultra-luxurious Maybach Zeppelin saloon went on sale, with a starting price of $523,870 for the Maybach 57 Zeppelin and $610,580 for the Maybach 62 Zeppelin. Daimler-Benz, owner of the Maybach brand, announced that only 100 Zeppelins would be built, with each vehicle hand-crafted to its individual buyer's specifications. Among the Zeppelin's many optional amenities was the world's first perfume-atomising system, for which customers could even have their own personal fragrance designed.
Maybach ZeppelinShow Article
10 years ago
The 6.5 litre (650 bhp) Lamborghini Aventador, capable of 217 mph (0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds) was launched at the Geneva Motor Show, five months after its initial unveiling in Sant'Agata Bolognese. The vehicle, internally codenamed LB834, was designed to replace the ten-year-old Murciélago as the new flagship model.
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10 years ago
It was announced that Bristol Cars had gone into administration, with the immediate loss of 22 jobs. The first car, the 1947 Bristol 400, was heavily based on pre-WW2 BMWs. The body looked very like the BMW 327, while its engine and suspension were clones of BMW designs (engine and front suspension based on those of the BMW 328, rear suspension from the BMW 326). Continue Reading →
Bristol 401 (1948-53)Show Article