April 19th


On this day in…

1864

158 years ago

Father Eugenio Barsanti (42), also named Nicolò, the Italian inventor, died Read more…

1892

130 years ago

Charles Duryea claimed that on this day he first drove the first gasoline-powered US-built motor car in Springfield, Massachusetts Read more…

1906

116 years ago

Nobel Prize winning scientist Pierre Curie (46) died as a result of a carriage accident in a storm while crossing the Rue Dauphine in Paris Read more…

1924

98 years ago

The first Hispano-Suiza 8-litre Type H6C was delivered to Andre Dubonnet Read more…

1925

97 years ago

Pioneer British motoring patron and one of the founders of the London and Westminster Bank, Sir David Salomans (73) died Read more…

1925

97 years ago

A series of 25 mile “Sprints” were held on the 1 Read more…

1927

95 years ago

The first production line Volvo, the 20 hp OV4, costing 4,800 kroner went on view in Stockholm, Sweden Read more…

1928

94 years ago

A Hispano-Suiza driven by Charles Weymann and Robert Bloch defeated a Stutz Blackhawk driven by Tom Rooney and Gil Anderson in a $25,000, 24-hour match race Read more…

1931

91 years ago

Louis Chiron driving a Bugatti T51 won the Monaco Grand Prix Read more…

1932

90 years ago

The Austin Car Co Read more…

1937

85 years ago

The unique Airmobile conceived by Paul M Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Alongside the spectacular 300 model (W 186), Mercedes-Benz presented a second luxury-segment saloon at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt Read more…

1952

70 years ago

The West Hants & Dorset Car Club ran the ‘Second Ibsley Car Race Meeting’ at the Ibsley Circuit, Ringwood, Hampshire, UK which attracted over 100 entries Read more…

1953

69 years ago

Lee Petty prevailed in the first race in NASCAR’s top series at Richmond (Virginia, US) Fairgrounds’ half-mile dirt track Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The VI Lavant Cup run over 7 laps (16 Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Jean Behra in a Gordini T16 won the Pau Grand Prix Read more…

1955

67 years ago

The Plymouth-based gas-turbine car developed by George J Huebner Jr Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Volkswagen of America, Inc Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Chevrolet issued the “1957 Chevrolet Stock Car Competition Guide” to their drivers Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Stirling Moss driving a Cooper-Climax T45 won the non-Championship Formula One Aintree 200 race at Aintree, Liverpool, UK Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Mario Andretti of Nazareth competed in his inaugural Indy car race, in Trenton New Jersy, finishing in 11th place while A J Foyt won the race in a Watson-Offenhauser Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Fred Lorenzen nursed his smoking Ford under the checkered just as the engine blew, winning the NASCAR GN Gwyn Staley Memorial 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Carolina, US Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Two days after its introduction at the New York World Fair, the Ford Mustang was advertised to the whole of the American public via all three American television networks Read more…

1968

54 years ago

The 14,000,000th Buick was produced Read more…

1970

52 years ago

In the Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama, Jackie Stewart took his March 701 from the third spot on the grid left the field behind Read more…

1970

52 years ago

John Cannon drove a Carl Hogan owned, Chevrolet powered McLaren M10B to victory in the SCCA Continental Championship (Formula 5000) race at Riverside International Raceway in California Read more…

1970

52 years ago

England Football manager Sir Alf Ramsey started The Daily Mirror World Cup Rally at Wembley stadium Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Learner drivers taking their test in Great Britain no longer had to wind down their windows and give arm and hand signals. Read more…

1979

43 years ago

Production of the Chevrolet Citation, the marque’s first front-wheel-drive car, began Read more…

1979

43 years ago

The mid-sizes Pontiac Phoenix was discontinued with the series being assigned to the compact-sized front-wheel-drive chassis shared with the Chevrolet Citation Read more…

1981

41 years ago

The first shipment of De Lorean DMC12 sports cars left Belfast for New York. Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Ford’s Dagenham (England) Engine Plant built its 28-millionth unit. Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Goran Eliason achieved a record speed of 112 Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Steve Park recorded his first career NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series win in the BellSouth Mobility/Opryland 320 at Nashville Speedway Read more…

1998

24 years ago

Ron Hornaday Jr Read more…

1999

23 years ago

General Motors and Toyota announced an unprecedented five-year agreement to work together in exploring and developing alternative vehicle propulsion technologies Read more…

2002

20 years ago

A bus carrying construction workers plunged off a mountain road near Salalah, Oman killing 46 in country’s worst ever road accident Read more…

2002

20 years ago

The first European Mobility Week launched by the EC in Brussels Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Bugatti Veyron became the fastest production car when it achieved a speed of 253.8 mph at the Ehra-Lessien test track. Read more…

2005

17 years ago

General Motors reported a loss of $1 Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Hyundai Motor Co Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The Shanghai Motor Show opened Read more…

2010

12 years ago

Denny Hamlin didn’t let recovering from knee surgery get in the way as he drove to victory in the rain-delayed Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Read more…

2010

12 years ago

Kyle Busch outran his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano to the checkered flag and scored his fifth straight Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Xfinity (Nationwide) Series win in the rain-delayed O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Read more…

2012

10 years ago

MINI announced two design models: the MINI Green Park and the MINI Hyde Park Read more…

2015

7 years ago

Matt Kenseth endured rain delays and a long day of wild racing to win the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes at Bristol Motor Speedway Read more…

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