April 17th


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1843

179 years ago

Steam and internal combustion engine pioneer Samuel Morey died in Fairlee, Vermont, US aged 80 Read more…

1867

155 years ago

Vickers Son & Company Ltd was founded Read more…

1911

111 years ago

Charles F Read more…

1919

103 years ago

The first 4 Read more…

1932

90 years ago

Tazio Nuvolari in an Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 won the Monaco Grand Prix at Monzae by just 2 Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Marshall Teague, who ranked sixth in the NASCAR Grand National points standings, was stripped of all points when he quit NASCAR and joined the rival AAA tour Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Tim Flock took the lead when Herb Thomas’ Chevy blew an engine with 10 laps to go, cruising to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race at the Montgomery Motor Speedway, Alabama Read more…

1960

62 years ago

The Ford Consul taxi driven by George Martin taking rock ‘n’ roll legends Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent to London Airport crashed, killing 21-year old Cochran and injuring Vincent Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Ford introduced the Ford Mustang on the first day of the New York World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens Read more…

1965

57 years ago

With a time of 9 Read more…

1965

57 years ago

The GT Equipment Group was offered as an option on the Ford Mustang Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Dick Hutcherson held off the repeated challenges of fellow Ford driver Ned Jarrett to win the 100 mile NASCAR GN race on the 1/2 mile dirt Greenville-Pickens Speedway, South Carolina Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Jim Paschal took the lead when Richard Petty blew his engine with 53 laps left and went on to win the NASCAR GN ‘Gwyn Staley Memorial 400’ on the 5/8 mile paved North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Carolina Read more…

1967

55 years ago

M S Mattî ‘McLaughlin was named General Manager of the Ford Division of the Ford Motor Company, succeeding Donald N Read more…

1967

55 years ago

In news that stunned that NASCAR circuit, defending champion David Pearson announced he was leaving the Cotton Owens Dodge team Read more…

1970

52 years ago

The British-built Ford Capri was introduced to the United States market Read more…

1971

51 years ago

Jackie Stewart scored the first ever win for the Tyrrell marque at the Spanish Grand Prix Read more…

1976

46 years ago

Over 50,000 people attended Santa Pod’s 10th anniversary Easter meet starring the legendary Don Garlits in his 1975 car, the Swamp Rat#21 fueler Read more…

1977

45 years ago

Cale Yarborough routed the field, winning the NASCAR GN ‘Southeastern 500’ at Bristol International Speedway, Tennessee by 7 laps Read more…

1983

39 years ago

Alain Prost won the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard in his Renault, won from his pole position in a time of 1:34:13 Read more…

1983

39 years ago

Darrell Waltrip led 245 laps to win the Northwestern Bank 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway Read more…

1987

35 years ago

The joint longest traffic jam in the history of British motoring occurred, 40 miles, between Charnock Richard and Carnforth, Lancashire on the M6 Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Terry Labonte scored his second straight win at North Wilkesboro Speedway in the First Union 400 Read more…

1994

28 years ago

At the Pacific Grand Prix at Aida, Benetton driver, Michael Schumacher set the fastest lap on the way to his victory in a time of 1:46:01 Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Jimmy Hensley passed Stacy Compton with 37 laps to go and went on to win the NAPA 250 at his home track Martinsville Speedway Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Rick Crawford held off Dennis Setzer in a green-white checkered finish to pick up his first short-track victory in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Greg Biffle was forced to start from the rear of the field in a backup car after a practice crash, but he worked his way back to the front and went on to win the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Read more…

2006

16 years ago

57 people died in the Maltrata bus crash in central Mexico Read more…

2007

15 years ago

“Fiat Veicoli Commerciali”, a subsidiary for FCA Italy’s (formerly Fiat Group Automobiles) light commercial vehicles and their passenger variants , was rebranded as “Fiat Professional” Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Greg Biffle won the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 to give Roush Fenway Racing its 100th NASCAR Xfinity (Nationwide) Series win Read more…

2011

11 years ago

Jimmie Johnson got a last lap push from teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr Read more…

2012

10 years ago

An original E30 BMW M3 from the eighties isn’t normally what you’d think of as an electric car, but Croatian Mate Rimac fitted one with 440kW motor and went on to set an 11 Read more…

2013

9 years ago

On the Mustang’s 49th anniversary, Ford made a 2014 Ruby Red GT convertible, with a black interior to mark one million produced at the Ford assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan Read more…

2016

6 years ago

Carl Edwards led 276 laps from the pole to win the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Read more…

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