April 22nd


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1833

189 years ago

Steam road vehicle pioneer Richard Trevithick (62) died in Dartford, Kent, England Read more…

1833

189 years ago

Hancock’s steam omnibus, Enterprise, began a regular service between London Wall and Paddington via Islington, England Read more…

1900

122 years ago

The Turin-Pinerolo-Saluzzo-Cuneo-Turin road race was won by L Gastè driving a Perfecta 6 hp tricycle, who completed the 131 km at an average speed of 64 Read more…

1907

115 years ago

The Targa Florio held at Madonie over 3 laps of the 92 Read more…

1911

111 years ago

The Packard Six, later called the Model I-48, was introduced Read more…

1913

109 years ago

Under the headline “Automobilism: the Wear of Roads and Trackways”, The Times, published an early comment on the expense of the construction and maintenance of roads as traffic became more mechanical and of greater volume Read more…

1921

101 years ago

Leland F Goodspeed, Chief Engineer of the Roamer Motor Car Company, set an unofficial stock car speed record of 105 Read more…

1925

97 years ago

Racer Fred Wells (26) was killed when the Wells Hornet, a car he had designed , crashed during a test run on the Long Island Parkway between Central islip and Brentwood, New York, US Read more…

1928

94 years ago

Ray Keech set a one-mile land speed record of 207.552 mph driving the 81 litre triple-engined internal combustion White-Triplex at Daytona Beach, US Read more…

1933

89 years ago

Sir Frederick Henry Royce (70), joint founder of Rolls Royce Ltd., died in West Wittering, West Sussex, England Read more…

1934

88 years ago

The Alessandria Circuit Grand Prix, held in Bordino, Italy was won by Achille Varzi in an Alfa Romeo B/P3 Read more…

1935

87 years ago

Alfred Neubauer, the head of the Mercedes team, ignored Hitler’s instructions that only German drivers should drive German cars and hired the best drivers available to drive the new 3.99 litre, 460 hp W25 at the Monaco Grand Prix Read more…

1937

85 years ago

The 2 Read more…

1944

78 years ago

The man who coined the words “petrol” and “motorcar” and founded of the Royal Automobile Club, and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Frederick Richard Simms (80), died Read more…

1946

76 years ago

Gigi Villoresi drove a Maserati 4CL to victory in the first post-World War II Grand Prix, in Nice, France Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Marshall Teague drove his “Teaguemobile” Hudson Hornet to victory in the 150 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the Arizona State Fairgrounds 1 mile dirt oval Read more…

1951

71 years ago

The San Remo Grand Prix was held at Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Buck Baker drove one of the Kiekhaefer team Chrysler juggernauts to victory in the NASCAR GN race on the 1 mile circular dirt Langhorne Speedway, Pennsylvania, US Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Stirling Moss, in a privately entered Maserati 250F, won the Aintree 200, a non-championship Formula One race Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Walt Faulkner (38), the first rookie to win pole position at the Indianapolis 500, died after a qualifying crash at a USAC Stock Car event in Vallejo, California Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Carroll Shelby drove a Ferrari to victory in the 100 mile ‘Del Monte Trophy’ race held on the 2 Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Jean Behra in a Maserati 250F won the Pau Grand Prix run over 110 laps of the Pau temporary street circuit in France Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The VI Aintree 200 run to Formula One rules at Aintree Circuit, was won by Australian driver Jack Brabham in a Cooper T55 Read more…

1962

60 years ago

In the ‘Virginia 500’ won by his son Richard, Lee Petty made his first start since being badly injured in a 1961 Daytona qualifier, finishing 5th with relief help Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Ford Motor Company’s Wonder Rotunda opened at the New York World’s Fair Read more…

1970

52 years ago

The first Earth Day was held in communities all across the US Read more…

1973

49 years ago

Vern Schuppan drove his March 722 to victory in the Singapore Grand Prix, a 50 lap Formula Libre race held on the public road Upper Thomson circuit Read more…

1979

43 years ago

Richard Petty enjoyed a dominant day at Martinsville Speedway to capture the Virginia 500, notching his first victory in a Chevrolet Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Brett Bodine drove Kenny Bernstein’s Buick to his first career NASCAR Winston Cup win in the First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (US) Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Two buses collided in Havana, Cuba, killing 11 and seriously injuring 13 Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Brett Bodine captured his only NASCAR Cup Series win in the First Union 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway with some controversy Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Rusty Wallace won his third straight race at Martinsville Speedway in the Hanes 500 Read more…

1996

26 years ago

At the 66th Turin International Motor Show, the series version of the Mercedes-Benz SLK was publicly presented for the first time Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Bobby Hamilton took the lead from Tony Stewart as they came to the final lap and went on score his first victory in over three years in a caution-free Talladega 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Greg Biffle brought out the first caution of the race with a spin but rallied back to win the NASCAR Xfinity (Busch) Series Basha’s Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix Raceway Read more…

2006

16 years ago

President Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Kevin Harvick took advantage of several front-runners fuel problems late in the race to win the NASCAR Cup Series Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix Raceway Read more…

2009

13 years ago

A car scrappage scheme was introduced in the United Kingdom Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling Read more…

2011

11 years ago

Kyle Busch got around Ron Hornaday Jr Read more…

2012

10 years ago

Denny Hamlin held off Martin Truex Jr Read more…

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