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1875

147 years ago

The Marcus automobile designed by Siegfried Marcus made its maiden run in Vienna, Austria Read more…

1908

114 years ago

The first Oakland car was sold to a private owner Read more…

1922

100 years ago

40,000 spectators were on hand as the 1.25 mile, 38 degree banked board San Francisco Speedway opened with a 150 mile AAA Championship race which was won by Harry Hartz in a Duesenberg Read more…

1923

99 years ago

The du Pont Model C was introduced, featuring the marque’s first 6-cylinder engine Read more…

1928

94 years ago

Pietro Bordino (41), one of the three greatest racing drivers from Italy in the 1920’s (the others are Felice Nazzaro and Antonio Ascari) died from injuries suffered in the Targa Florio Read more…

1933

89 years ago

Racer Bob Carey (27) died after his Miller 255 crashed during a track record attempt at the Ascot Speedway in Los Angeles, California, US Read more…

1946

76 years ago

Arthur Chevrolet, brother of Chevrolet namesake Louis Chevrolet, committed suicide at age 60 in Slidell, Louisiana, US Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Curtis Turner won a hard fought NASCAR Grand National race on the 1 mile dirt Langhorne Speedway, Pennsylvania, US Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Brands Hatch, the first purpose-built post-war racing circuit in England, staged its first car racing meeting on tarmac Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The first stock car race in Great Britain took place in London at New Cross Stadium, on Good Friday Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The Studebaker-Packard Corporation announced a sales agreement with Daimler-Benz AG to market Mercedes-Benz automobiles in the United States Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The 2nd Vienna Grand Prix, run to Formula One rules, was held at the Aspern Circuit Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Dan Gurney drove a Mercury Cougar to victory in the ‘Green Valley 300’ SCCA Trans-Am race on the 1 Read more…

1972

50 years ago

Making his first start in the Wood Brothers Mercury a winning one, David Pearson drove to victory in the NASCAR GN ‘Rebel 500’ at Darlington Raceway, South Carolina Read more…

1972

50 years ago

Jacky Ickx and Mario Andretti were followed by teammates Ronnie Peterson and Tim Schenken in the 1000 Kilometer World Sports Car Championship race on the Brands Hatch circuit, giving Ferrari their 4th straight 1-2 sweep in in 1972 Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Darrell Waltrip won the Gwyn Staley 400 for his second consecutive victory at North Wilkesboro Speedway Read more…

1989

33 years ago

Dale Earnhardt won the First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway after leading 296 of the 400 laps Read more…

1991

31 years ago

Volkwagen acquired 70% of the largest company in the Czech Republic, Skoda Auto a.s. Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Jeff Gordon started 36th in the DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, US one of the worst qualifying efforts of his career Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Bernd Pischetsrieder succeeded Piëch as chairman of Volkswagen AG Read more…

2002

20 years ago

MG Rover announced the building of the 1 Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Volkswagen revealed the world’s most economical road car Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Kasey Kahne held off Greg Biffle and Reed Sorenson on a late-race restart and went on to win the O’Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway Read more…

2007

15 years ago

A 2 Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The British government promised a multimillion pound investment to try to jumpstart the market for environmentally friendly electric cars. Read more…

2010

12 years ago

Renault announced that it has pulled out of a joint venture with Indian car manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra, which produced its first car specifically aimed at the growing South Asian market, the Logan Read more…

2011

11 years ago

Kyle Busch survived damage from an earlier race accident to win his first Talladega Superspeedway NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series race in the Aaron’s 312 Read more…

2016

6 years ago

Erik Jones held off Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway Read more…

2018

4 years ago

Kyle Busch scored his second consecutive win of the season when he took the checkered flag in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Read more…

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