April 12th


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1902

121 years ago

King Edward VII became the first reigning British monarch to travel by car, when John Scott-Montague drove him through the New Forest in a 24 hp Daimler Read more…

1903

120 years ago

The first municipal motor omnibus service in the world was inaugurated, between Eastbourne railway station and Meads, East Sussex, England Read more…

1921

102 years ago

Ford announced they were producing 1 million cars a year Read more…

1922

101 years ago

The International Motor Truck Corporation changed its name to Mack Trucks, Inc Read more…

1926

97 years ago

The British businessman who built Rolls-Royce Limited, Claude Johnson (61), died Read more…

1928

95 years ago

The first official Opel rocket car test run was made for the press Read more…

1934

89 years ago

According to government statistics, 126 people died in road accidents in the UK since April 7th, but the introduction of traffic lights reduced the number of accidents in London. Read more…

1951

72 years ago

Motorcycle racer Wilhelm Herz succeeded in setting a new world record on a section of the Munich-Ingolstadt autobahn, by reaching a speed of 180 mph on a supercharged 500 cc NSU racing motorcycle Read more…

1952

71 years ago

Buck Baker won the 100-mile NASCAR Grand National race at Columbia, South Carolina, US, and Lee Petty vaulted to the top of the points standings Read more…

1954

69 years ago

The Hudson Jet Family Club Sedan, Hudson’s lowest priced 1954 car, was introduced as a mid-year model Read more…

1961

62 years ago

John Dykstra was elected Ford company president Read more…

1962

61 years ago

Ron Flockhart (38), Australia Scottish racing driver died on a test flight in preparation for a Sydney to London record attempt to gain publicity for the UDT Laystall racing team Read more…

1968

55 years ago

Heinrich Nordhoff (69), German engineer famous for his leadership of the Volkswagen company as it was rebuilt after World War II, died Read more…

1970

53 years ago

Pedro Rodriguez completely dominated in the rain, driving his Porsche 917 to victory in the 1000 Kilometer World Sports Car Championship race on the Brands Hatch circuit, England Read more…

1971

52 years ago

Graham Hill won the Yellow Pages Jochen Rindt Trophy at the Thruxton circuit in a Brabham-Ford, at the age of 42 years, 56 days – becoming the oldest driver to win a Formula 2 race Read more…

1971

52 years ago

Brian Redman drove his McLaren M18A to victory in both 20 lap heats of the European Formula 5000 race held on the Brands Hatch circuit Read more…

1973

50 years ago

Meade F Moore (78), a 46 year veteran of the Nash Motors Company and American Motors who is credited with developing unit-body construction and Nash’s noted ‘Weather Eye’, died in Phoenix, Arizona, US Read more…

1977

46 years ago

General Motors (GM) announced it had dropped plans to produce a Wankel rotary engine Read more…

1980

43 years ago

Sri Lankan international cricketer, Stanley de Silva (22), died in a motorcycle accident Read more…

1981

42 years ago

Giorgio Francia and Lella Lombardi won the World Endurance Championship race at Mugello, Italy, in an Osella Read more…

1981

42 years ago

Nelson Piquet won the Argentine Grand Prix in a Brabham BT49C Read more…

1985

38 years ago

Allan ‘Bootsie’ Herridge became the first British drag racer driver to go under five seconds at Santa Pod’s Easter Internationals Meeting Read more…

1987

36 years ago

Reigning world champion, Frenchman Alain Prost driving a McLaren MP4/3 won the Brazilian Grand Prix at Jacarepagua Read more…

1987

36 years ago

Dale Earnhardt won the Valleydale Meats 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway after leading 180 laps, including the final 115 Read more…

1990

33 years ago

Easter weekend, marked the first holiday in nearly 40 years that Germans were free to visit family on the other side of the border separating East Germany from West Germany Read more…

1990

33 years ago

A 1931 Bugatti Type 41 ‘Royale’ Sports Coupe was sold by Nicolas Harvey of Great Britain to the Meitec Corporation of Japan for $15 million (£8.45 million). Read more…

1992

31 years ago

Ilario Bandini (80) an Italian businessman, racing driver, and racing car builder died Read more…

1992

31 years ago

Racing with a rib injury, Davey Allison led the final 88 laps and held off Rusty Wallace to win the First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway Read more…

1992

31 years ago

Racing with a rib injury, Davey Allison led the final 88 laps and held off Rusty Wallace to win the First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway Read more…

1994

29 years ago

Bob Cryer (59) Labour MP died when the Rover he was driving on his way to London overturned on the M1 motorway near Junction 5 at Watford Read more…

1995

28 years ago

In a move that stunned the business world, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian and former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca made an unsolicited $22 Read more…

1997

26 years ago

Jeff Burton won the Moore’s Snacks 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway Read more…

1998

25 years ago

The Argentine Grand Prix held at Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Buenos Aires was won by Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari F300 Read more…

2003

20 years ago

The all-new 170 mph British built Invicta S1 sportscar made its race track debut at the Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, England Read more…

2003

20 years ago

David Green slipped past Johnny Sauter on the final lap to win the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway for his sixth career series victory Read more…

2006

17 years ago

The JK series 2007 Wrangler Unlimited was unveiled at the New York Auto Show, priced near $21,000 Read more…

2006

17 years ago

BMW 3 Series was named World Car of the Year at the New York Auto Show Read more…

2006

17 years ago

The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe SUV went on sale in the UK Read more…

2007

16 years ago

Toyota named the first non-Japanese to its board of directors, appointing American James Press, the automaker’s president of North American operations, amid growing fears of a political backlash for its booming US sales Read more…

2008

15 years ago

Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus played a fuel strategy game that paid off with a win in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix Raceway Read more…

2012

11 years ago

Transport for London banned an advertising campaign due to run on buses by a Christian group suggesting that gay people can be cured by therapy Read more…

2013

10 years ago

Kyle Busch scored his fourth win of the season when he picked up the checkered flag in the NASCAR Xfinity (Nationwide) Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway Read more…

2014

9 years ago

Kevin Harvick became the first repeat winner of the season when he won the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway Read more…

2019

4 years ago

Cole Custer won the NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway to take home the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus Read more…

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