April 20th


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1769

253 years ago

Chief Pontiac (48 – 49), legendary Indian leader and namesake of the General Motors marque, was murdered at Cahokia, Illinois, US Read more…

1897

125 years ago

Ernest Estcourt took delivery of the first ‘production’ car from the Daimler Motor Company, Coventry and drove it home to Hampstead in London Read more…

1908

114 years ago

The first British Motor Cycle Club race was held at Brooklands, Surrey, England Read more…

1921

101 years ago

The first and only Corsican Grand Prix was staged to commemorate the centenary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte Read more…

1922

100 years ago

The Packard Single Six Series 126 and 133 were introduced Read more…

1924

98 years ago

Famed racing legend Peter DePaolo, nephew of racer Ralph DePalma, recorded his first racing victory with a win at the Culver City, California, board track Read more…

1930

92 years ago

Clessie L Cummins, driving a diesel-powered Packard roadster at Daytona Beach, Florida, reached 80 Read more…

1930

92 years ago

Achille Varzi driving a Alfa Romeo P2 won the Brordino Circuit race held at the Alessandria circuit near Torino, Italy Read more…

1931

91 years ago

Matilda Dodge Wilson, the widow of John Dodge, was named on the board of the Graham-Paige Motors Corporation Read more…

1935

87 years ago

Delage & Cie was forced into receivership Read more…

1952

70 years ago

The Edwards R-62 made its racing debut, competing without success in the Pebble Beach (California, US) road race Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Taking the lead when Gober Sosebee’s Cadillac broke a spindle with 7 laps to go, Bill Blair won the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1 mile dirt Lakewood Speedway, Georgia, US Read more…

1954

68 years ago

In 1954, the First All-Japan Motor Show opened at Hibiya Park in Tokyo, presided over by H Read more…

1954

68 years ago

(20th-29th)The first All Japan Motor Show was held at Hibiya Park, Tokyo Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Peugeot unveiled the 403 Read more…

1956

66 years ago

The third Toyko Motor Show opened Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Bob Welborn survived a late race spin that erased his big lead, going on to win the NASCAR GN ‘Virginia 500’ at Martinsville Speedway Read more…

1958

64 years ago

“Jiggs” Peters drove the John Fray car to victory in the 30 lap USAC Eastern Division Sprint Car feature on the 1/2 dirt oval at the Reading Fairgrounds, Pennsylvania, US Read more…

1958

64 years ago

The last Key System train left San Francisco for Oakland Read more…

1961

61 years ago

Cotton Owens took the lead when Ned Jarrett ran out gas with 4 laps to go and went on to win the 100 mile NASCAR GN race on the 1/2 mile dirt Columbia Speedway, South Carolina, US Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The Sunbeam Rapier Series IIIA was announced Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Bobby Allison used what he termed a “shot in the dark” last minute chassis set-up on the Mario Rossi Dodge to win the NASCAR GN ‘Gwyn Staley Memorial’ on the Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Harry B Coleman and Peggy Larson in a Volkswagen Camper, after setting out in August 1976 completed the longest continuous motor caravan trip ever reported – 143,716 miles, through 113 countries. Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Roger Penske and Kaiser announced the construction of a racetrack on the site of the abandoned Kaiser Steel mill in Fontana, California, US Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Jeff Gordon captured his second consecutive and fourth win in the opening eight races of the season in the Goody’s Headache Powder 500 at Martinsville Speedway Read more…

1998

24 years ago

Bobby Hamilton’s dominating performance netted an overwhelming victory in the Goody’s 500 at Martins­ville Speedway, Virginia, US Read more…

1998

24 years ago

Bobby Hamilton dominated the Goody’s Headache Powder 500 at Martinsville Speedway leading 387 laps en route to his third (of four) NASCAR Cup Series career win Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Lexus announced that it would introduce its first convertible, the SC 430 based on the Lexus Sport Coupe Concept car, which debuted at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Jason Keller scored the win in the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway when he was one of three drivers left on the lead lap Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari F2002 won the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The Caparo T1, a British mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-seat supercar built by Caparo Vehicle Technologies, was officially unveiled by His Serene Highness The Sovereign Prince of Monaco, at the Top Marques auto show in Monaco Read more…

2006

16 years ago

A vet who rammed into other motorists before threatening drivers with a stethoscope and an umbrella was banned from driving for two years Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Clint Bowyer held off Matt Kenseth and teammate Jeff Burton to win the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix Raceway Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Danica Patrick rewrote motor sport history at the Motegi Twin-Ring in Japan by winning the third round of the 2008 IndyCar-Series and becoming the first woman to win a monoposto race on international level Read more…

2008

14 years ago

With the 34th Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach an era came to end Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Kyle Busch picked up his third consecutive NASCAR Xfinity (Nationwide Series) victory when he won his first race “South of the Border” in the Corona Mexico 200 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Citroën expanded its range in China, presenting two new vehicles at the Shanghai International Motor Show: the C-Quatre saloon, a world preview, and the new C5 to be built at Wuhan Read more…

2009

13 years ago

At the Shanghai Motor Show Rolls Royce CEO Tom Purves announced that the company’s new model would be called ‘Ghost’ Read more…

2013

9 years ago

Matt Crafton held off Joey Coulter in a closing laps battle to score his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series win of the season in the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway Read more…

2014

8 years ago

For The Love Of Cars, a one-hour automotive show, presented by actor and car enthusiast Philip Glenister and renowned designer and restoration expert Ant Anstead, was first broadcast on Channel 4 Read more…

2016

6 years ago

Japan-based Mitsubishi Motors admitted that it had used improper methods to test the fuel economy of cars sold in Japan for 25 years Read more…

2018

4 years ago

Christopher Bell scored his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the season in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway Read more…

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