April 14th


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1891

131 years ago

Joseph Day applied for a British patent for his of the valveless two-stroke engine Read more…

1899

123 years ago

Herr Beissbarth of Munich, Germany was issued a license plate for his Wartburg Read more…

1914

108 years ago

The first US patent for a non-skid tire pattern was issued to Stacy G Read more…

1926

96 years ago

The first Maserati Tipo 26 racing car was first produced Read more…

1927

95 years ago

The first regular production Volvo, the “Öppen Vagn 4 cylindrar” (OV4), nicknamed “Jakob,” left the assembly line in Goteborg, Sweden Read more…

1929

93 years ago

Prince Pierre inaugurated the first Monaco Grand Prix, with a lap of honour in a Torpedo Voisin driven by Charles Faroux Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The Highway Code was first issued in Great Britain by the Ministry of Transport Read more…

1931

91 years ago

Henry Ford drove the twentieth millionth Ford, a Model A off the assembly line Read more…

1946

76 years ago

The first post-World War II automobile race in the United States is a stock car event held in Daytona Beach, Florida, and was won by Red Byron in a Ford Read more…

1949

73 years ago

The Playboy Motor Corporation of Buffalo, New York, US filed for bankruptcy Read more…

1949

73 years ago

‘Flivver Ten Million’, composed by Frederick Converse to honor the Ford Model T, was debuted by the Boston (MA) Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Serge Koussevitsky Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Doorne’s auto factory (DAF) opened in the Netherlands Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Motorcycles made their one and only ever appearance at Goodwood circuit Read more…

1952

70 years ago

George Wicken, the “Flying Milkman”, won the International London Trophy race at Brand Hatch, England, driving a Norton-powered Cooper Mk6 Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Alberto Ascari driving a Ferrari 500 won the Formula 2 Pau Grand Prix Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The handsome rear-engined Fiat Turbina experimental gas-turbine car was given its first road test on the famous rooftop test track at Fiat’s Lingotto factory Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Volvo launched its ‘50th anniversary car’, a special version of the Volvo 244DL in a metallic silver finish with black and gold decorative trim Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Matra announced that it had received a $1 Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Ronnie Bucknum became Honda’s unlikely choice to spearhead their Grand Prix challenge back Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel connecting Kiptopeke and Chesapeake Beach, Virginia, US opened Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The Raleigh RM 7 Wisp moped was introduced, finished in either Fiesta Blue or Spanish Gold and fitted with the 1 Read more…

1984

38 years ago

Ron Bouchard edged Geoff Bodine by half a car-length for his first victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington Raceway (South Carolina, US) in the Dixie Cup 200 Read more…

1985

37 years ago

Bill Elliott drove his Ford Thunderbird to victory in the 500 mile NASCAR GN race at Darlington Raceway, South Carolina Read more…

1986

36 years ago

The inaugural season of Indy Lites opened at Phoenix, Arizona, USA Read more…

1989

33 years ago

Ford unveiled the third generation of its small Fiesta hatchback, which was to be built at the Dagenham plant in England and the Valencia plant in Spain Read more…

1991

31 years ago

Rusty Wallace held off Ernie Irvan to win the Valleydale Meats 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Read more…

1992

30 years ago

The first Mercury Villager minivan was built at Ohio Assembly Plant, USA Read more…

1993

29 years ago

Speedway President Tony George, and the president of NASCAR, Bill France, Jr Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Terry Labonte tied Richard Petty’s streak of 513 consecutive NASCAR Winston Cup starts, capping a perfect weekend by winning the First Union 400 from the pole at North Wilkesboro Speedway in Wilkes County, North Carolina (US) Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Greg Biffle scored his first career NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series win in the inaugural Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Bobby Labonte scored his first NASCAR Cup Series short-track win in the Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway Read more…

2002

20 years ago

The San Marino Grand Prix was held at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Read more…

2005

17 years ago

The Pontiac Solstice Roadster, a new two-door sports car from General Motors retailing for approximately $20,000, was featured on the reality TV game show “The Apprentice,” starring the famously bombastic businessman Donald Trump Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Russia’s OAO GAZ automaker agreed to buy DaimlerChrysler AG production lines in suburban Detroit and move them to Russia, where it would produce DaimlerChrysler cars under license Read more…

2007

15 years ago

The MINI Cooper D went on sale in the UK Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Matt Kenseth overcame a spin on Lap 54 of 200 in the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series O’Reilly 300 to claim victory at Texas Motor Speedway Read more…

2012

10 years ago

Greg Biffle outran Jimmie Johnson to win the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his first victory since October of 2010 Read more…

2013

9 years ago

Kyle Larson held off a fast-closing Joey Logano in the final laps of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 to notch his first career victory in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Read more…

2018

4 years ago

Ryan Preece won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway to take home the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus Read more…

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