April 13th


On this day in…

1900

122 years ago

The first production Packard, a Model B, was shipped to a company official, George L Weiss Read more…

1902

120 years ago

Leon Serpollet established a new world land speed record of 76.06 mph, the first time that the 75 mph had been exceeded, in his steam powered Gardner-Serpollet Oeuf de Pacques (‘Easter Egg’) at Nice, France Read more…

1902

120 years ago

The French racer Georges Osmont set a speed record of 67 Read more…

1904

118 years ago

The Cadillac Motor Car Company’s factory in Detroit, Michigan, US was heavily damaged by fire Read more…

1907

115 years ago

The Rolls Royce Silver Ghost was introduced to the press Read more…

1910

112 years ago

Four thousand people were on hand at the new Los Angeles Motordrome on a weekday during the track’s opening week to see Barney Oldfield smash the half mile racing record, driving more than 100 mph in his Blitzen-Benz on the mile round course made out of 2-by-4 planks Read more…

1925

97 years ago

Elwood Haynes (67) founder of the Haynes Automobile Company died Read more…

1926

96 years ago

The first Salmson GSS was sold Read more…

1936

86 years ago

Rudolph Caracciola drove a Mercedes to victory in the Monoco Grand Prix Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Luigi Musso in a Ferrari 246 won the Syracuse Grand Prix held at Syracuse Circuit in Sicily, Italy Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Curtis Turner and Joe Weatherly finished first and second in the 100-mile NASCAR Grand National race at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta (US) Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Bob Welborn started from the pole and rolled to victory in the NASCAR Convertible Series at Asheville-Weaverville (North Carolina, US) Speedway Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Stirling Moss lost his driving licence for a year after being convicted of dangerous driving. Read more…

1965

57 years ago

The 10,000,000th Pontiac was produced, a 1965 gold Catalina Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Porsche rebounded from their disappointments in the U Read more…

1970

52 years ago

The four-door Saab 99 and the Sonett III were premiered Read more…

1974

48 years ago

The lowest numbered Duesenberg Model J, a LeBaron dual-cowl phaeton with serial J-101, set an auction record of $205,000 in Atlanta, Georgia, US Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Niki Lauda driving a Ferrari 312T won the 27th BRDC International Trophy non-championship Formula One race held at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England Read more…

1979

43 years ago

David Kennedy in a Wolf-Cosworth WR won the International Gold Cup held at Oulton Park, England Read more…

1980

42 years ago

David Pearson, making his first start in the Hoss Ellington Chevrolet, was out front when rain ­curtails the Rebel 500 at Darlington (South Carolina, US) after 258 miles Read more…

1986

36 years ago

At Jerez, Ayrton Senna, in a Lotus, beat Britain’s Nigel Mansell, to win the Spanish Grand Prix Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Dale Earnhardt dominated the TranSouth 500 for his second of nine career wins at Darlington Raceway Read more…

1991

31 years ago

Bobby Labonte captured his first of 10 career NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series wins in the Budweiser 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway Read more…

1992

30 years ago

Britain’s shortest motorway opened, the 300m long A635(M), part of the Mancunian Way in Manchester Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Daimler-Benz unveiled a fuel cell-powered vehicle at its research centre in Ulm, Germany Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Jeff Gordon nudged past Rusty Wallace on the final lap to win the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Tennessee, US Read more…

1997

25 years ago

The Argentine Grand Prix held at Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez in Buenos Aires, Argentina was won by Jacques Villeneuve in a Williams-Renault FW19 Read more…

2000

22 years ago

The first 450 Chrysler PT Cruisers bound for Europe were loaded on a ship at the port of Veracruz, Mexico Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Scott Riggs scored his first career NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series win with a strong performance in the No Read more…

2003

19 years ago

21 students died in collision between their bus and a truck in Tembi, Greece Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Jeff Gordon won the Virginia 500 from the pole at Martinsville Speedway after a late-race battle with Bobby Labonte Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The C70 model — the first car built by the joint venture between Volvo Cars and Pininfarina (Pininfarina Sverige AB) sharing the Volvo P1 platform used in the S40, was presented Read more…

2007

15 years ago

In San Francisco Mayor Newsom brokered an agreement to ban cars from Golden Gate Park’s main road for 6 months of the year and to make permanent a Sunday ban for a smaller area Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Former Major League Baseball all-star pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych was found dead at the age of 54 Read more…

2011

11 years ago

The first new MG for 16 years rolled off the production line in Longbridge Read more…

2012

10 years ago

Ricky Stenhouse Jr Read more…

2013

9 years ago

Kyle Busch captured his first career Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Cup Series victory in the NRA 500 Read more…

2015

7 years ago

Production of the Jaguar XE formally commenced at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant Read more…

2019

3 years ago

Martin Truex Jr Read more…

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