April 1st


On this day in…

1826

196 years ago

Samuel Morey of Oxford, New Hampshire, US was issued a patent for his ‘gas and vapour engine’ Read more…

1898

124 years ago

The Winton Motor Carriage Company completed its first sale as Robert Allison of Port Carbon, Pennsylvania, US received a one cylinder Winton phaeton Read more…

1901

121 years ago

The first White vehicle was sold, a steam-powered Model A Stanhope Read more…

1903

119 years ago

The Polish Count Eliot Zborowski, father of the creator of the ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang cars, became the first competitor to be killed during a hillclimb, when he crashed his Mercedes at Le Turbie., near Nice, France Read more…

1904

118 years ago

Henry Royce’s Manchester engineering company produced its first motor car, a 10 hp 2 cylinder model, which was driven from the factory to Royce’s home and back, a distance of some 15 miles Read more…

1904

118 years ago

Clarence W Read more…

1905

117 years ago

Jean-Marie Letourneur and Jean-Arthur Marchand formed a partnership in Paris, France to design and construct custom automobile bodies Read more…

1908

114 years ago

Frank Newton driving a Napier won the Brooklands April 90HP race Read more…

1909

113 years ago

The Welch Motor Car Company of Pontiac, Michigan (US) registered ‘Welch’ as a trademark Read more…

1919

103 years ago

The first Cleveland was produced by the Cleveland Automobile Company, a subsidiary of the Chandler Motor Car Company Read more…

1923

99 years ago

The British Government’s classification of roads was published Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The first DeVaux was produced at the Grand Rapids, Michigan, US factory Read more…

1932

90 years ago

Ford introduced its new offering: the high-performance Ford V-8, the first Ford with an 8-cylinder engine Read more…

1932

90 years ago

The DAF company was founded when a machine construction company led by Huub and Wim van Doorne, changed its name to Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek (Van Doorne’s Trailer Factory), abbreviated DAF Read more…

1932

90 years ago

The Franklin V-12 was introduced Read more…

1941

81 years ago

The first Packard Clipper was produced Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Marshall Teague drove his Hudson Hornet to victory in the season-opening NASCAR Grand National race on Daytona’s Beach-Road course Read more…

1958

64 years ago

The White Motor Company acquired the Diamond T Motor Car Company for $10,400,000 Read more…

1959

63 years ago

AMC and Sonotone Corporation announced a joint research effort to produce an electric car that was to be powered by a “self-charging” battery Read more…

1960

62 years ago

The Lancaster Bypass (UK) opened as the second part of the M6, leaving the A6 just north of Carnforth going south to a junction with the A683, then continuing east of Lancaster to rejoin the A6 at Hampson Green Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The Amphicar, the first mass-produced amphibious automobile for sale to the public, was introduced in New York Read more…

1962

60 years ago

People who had held more than seven provisional licences were required to take a driving test In Britain; if they failed to do so, the licensing authority could refuse a further application for a licence Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Willy Mairesse won the non-championship Brussels Grand Prix in a Ferrari Dino Read more…

1963

59 years ago

The first “Ford GT”, the GT/101 was unveiled in England and soon after exhibited in New York Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The Plymouth Barracuda was released to the public, 15 days ahead of the Ford Mustang Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Seat belts for both front seats became compulsory in Great Britain for all new cars registered after this date. Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Mario Andretti and Bruce McLaren teamed in the new Ford Mk Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was created as an independent organization, but was reliant on the United States Department of Transportation DOT for administration and funding Read more…

1969

53 years ago

The Mercedes-Benz C111 made its first test run at the Daimler-Benz AG test track in Unterurkheim, Germany Read more…

1970

52 years ago

American Motors Corp Read more…

1971

51 years ago

AM General Corporation (producers of Hummer vehicles) was founded as a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Motor Corporation and separate from the Jeep Corporation Read more…

1972

50 years ago

Neil ‘Soapy’ Castles won the 200-mile Grand National NASCAR Eastern Division race at Greenville, South Carolina, US – his first victory in over 400 starts dating back to 1950 Read more…

1973

49 years ago

David Pearson recorded a runaway win, the 68th of his career, in the Atlanta 500 at Atlanta International Raceway, Georgia, US Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Triumph TR7 V8 was homologated for rallying Read more…

1979

43 years ago

The final Cannonball Run began at Darien, Connecticut Read more…

1979

43 years ago

Dale Earnhardt scored his first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Southeastern 500 Read more…

1979

43 years ago

David Kennedy driving a Wolf-Cosworth WR won the Belgian Cup at Zolder Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Rear fog lamps become mandatory in the UK to most vehicles manufactured after 1 October 1979 and used from this day. Read more…

1980

42 years ago

John Egan was appointed Chairman of Jaguar Cars Ltd Read more…

1984

38 years ago

Darrell Waltrip captured his seventh straight win at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Valleydale 500 after leading 205 laps Read more…

1987

35 years ago

As from this date all cars had to have rear seat belts fitted at the point of manufacture in UK. Read more…

1988

34 years ago

All new cars manufactured after this date for the UK market were required to run on unleaded petrol. Read more…

1988

34 years ago

The Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition was introduced at the New York Auto Show Read more…

1989

33 years ago

Geoffrey Bodine captured his second consecutive win in the spring NASCAR Xfinity (Busch Grand National) Series race in the Country Squire 200 Read more…

1990

32 years ago

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) was created as an executive agency of the Department of Transport Read more…

1990

32 years ago

The tour bus of American sing-songwriter Willie Nelson crashed into a car in Riverdale, Canada, killing the car driver Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Dale Earnhardt edged Mark Martin to win the TranSouth 500 at Darlington, South Carolina (US), an event in which veteran Neil Bonnett was injured after a 212th-lap crash Read more…

1992

30 years ago

All coaches first used from this date in the UK had to be fitted with 70 mph limiters. Read more…

1993

29 years ago

Alan Kulwicki (38), nicknamed “Special K” and the “Polish Prince”, an American NASCAR Winston Cup Series racecar driver, died in a plane crash returning from an appearance at the Knoxville Hooters in a Hooters corporate plane on a short flight across Tennessee before the Sunday spring race at Bristol Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Steve Grissom won the Goody’s 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Daewoo began selling cars in the United Kingdom Read more…

1998

24 years ago

In China a new law requiring motorists in Beijing to install pollution-reduction devices went into effect Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Pranksters painted a zebra crossing across three lanes of the M3 between junctions 4 and 4A on the northbound carriageway near Farnborough in Hampshire, England. Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Mark Martin won for the second consecutive time at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series when he took the checkered flag in the Albertson’s 300 Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Implementation of a road safety camera programme began in eight trial areas – Clevel and, Essex, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, South Wales, Strathclyde and Thames Valley Read more…

2001

21 years ago

David Coulthard in a McLaren won the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Mercedes-Benz lined up three cars for a world record-breaking attempt on the high-speed circuit in Laredo, Texas Read more…

2006

16 years ago

David Starr outran Ted Musgrave to the checkered flag to win a caution-filled Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The toll booth on the Erskine Bridge, which connects the M898 motorway (the highest numbered motorway in the United Kingdom, and one of the shortest at just a mile long, was removed Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Jimmie Johnson won the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway when he held off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon Read more…

2010

12 years ago

The Chevrolet Camaro was named the World Car Design of the Year at the World Car of the Year Awards Read more…

2010

12 years ago

In Fremont, California, the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc Read more…

2012

10 years ago

Ryan Newman outran AJ Allmendinger to the checkered flag to score a thrilling victory in a wild ending to the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway Read more…

2012

10 years ago

The Humber Bridge toll was reduced from £3 Read more…

2017

5 years ago

Chase Elliott won the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway for his second series victory Read more…

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