April 24th


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1908

114 years ago

Ralph DePalma made his racing debut in an Allen-Kingston at the Briarcliff Trophy Race in Westchester, New York Read more…

1908

114 years ago

Jacob M Read more…

1913

109 years ago

Prince Edward Island, Canada lifted its ban on automobiles Read more…

1921

101 years ago

The first motorcycle races were held on the 1 Read more…

1927

95 years ago

Emilio Materassi, driving a Bugatti T35C won the Targa Florio over 5 laps of the 108 km Medio Madonie circuit Read more…

1932

90 years ago

The Rome Royal Grand Prix was run Read more…

1932

90 years ago

The Oran Grand Prix, run over 42 laps (5 Read more…

1933

89 years ago

Chet Gardner won the 150 mile AAA Pacific Coast Championship race on the 1 mile dirt Oakland Speedway, California, US Read more…

1937

85 years ago

The first race meeting was held at the Crystal Palace track, called a “miniature Nürburgring” by the British motor press Read more…

1941

81 years ago

Oscar Muller, winner of the first automobile race in the US (the Chicago Times – Herald Contest on 2 November), a partner with 5 brothers and his father, Hieronymous Mueller, in the Mueller Manufacturer Company, builders of the Mueller1896-1899, and later an automobile parts executive, died in Bradenton, Florida, aged 70 Read more…

1949

73 years ago

Philippe Étancelin driving a Talbot-Lago T26C won the Paris Grand Prix held at Montlhéry Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Guy Mairesse (43), former Formula One driver was killed in practice for the Coupe de Paris at Montlhéry in 1954 when he swerved to avoid another car and crashed into a concrete wall Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Tim Flock, in the Kiekhaefer Chrysler, led every lap to win the rain shortened NASCAR Grand National race at Langhorne Speedway, Pennsylvania, US Read more…

1958

64 years ago

At the instigation of leading entrepreneur Friedrich Karl Flick, Daimler-Benz AG acquired the majority of and, subsequently, the remaining shares in Auto Union GmbH Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Drag racing’s first reported 200 mph speed was set by Chris “The Golden Greek” Karamesines with a 204.54 mph run at the Alton Dragway in Alton, Illinois Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Mike Spence recorded his first racing victory, winning a Formula Junior race at Snetterton, England in his 998cc Cooper-Austin Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Lee Petty captured his 50th career NASCAR GN win by having his Plymouth in front when the race at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway in North Carolina was halted after 167 of 200 laps, due to deteriorating track conditions Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The Citroen Ami 6 was launched across Europe Read more…

1963

59 years ago

The 112 bhp Alfa Romeo T Read more…

1964

58 years ago

King Gustav Adolf VI of Sweden dedicated Volvo’s new Torslanda plant at Sorredsdalen Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Rodger Ward won a rain shortened USAC Championship race on the 1 mile paved Trenton Speedway Read more…

1966

56 years ago

John Cannon drove actor Dan Blocker’s Vinegaroon Special Genie-Olds to victory in the United States Road Racing Championship Sports Car race at Stardust International Raceway, North Carolina, US Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Paul Goldsmith was flagged the winner, but 45 minutes later a scoring re-check gave Jim Paschal the win in the NASCAR GN ‘Virginia 500’ at Martinsville Speedway, Virginia, US Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Fred Lorenzen, one of the most successful Stock Car drivers in history, announced his retirement at a banquet in his honor Read more…

1969

53 years ago

British Leyland unveiled its new 1500 Austin saloon, called the Maxi in a blaze of publicity in Oporto Portugal Read more…

1971

51 years ago

The Austin 1300 Countryman introduced in Spain (replacing the corresponding Morris Traveller models) Read more…

1971

51 years ago

Production of the Wolseley 15/60, the first of the mid-sized Pinin Farina-designed automobiles from BMC, stopped after 13 years Read more…

1975

47 years ago

The last Citroen DS was produced, ending a run of nearly 20 years Read more…

1977

45 years ago

Robert Horne set a Flying Mile British land speed record at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, in the ex-Scuderia Montjuich Ferrari 512M, chassis number 1002, at a speed of 191 Read more…

1982

40 years ago

Garrie Cooper (46), founder of Elfin Sports Cars, died from a ruptured aorta Read more…

1983

39 years ago

German driver Rolf Stommelen (39) who participated in 63 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, achieving one podium, and scored a total of 14 championship points was killed in a vicious crash during an IMSA Camel GT event at Riverside International Raceway Read more…

1983

39 years ago

Darrell Waltrip completed a late-race pass of Bobby Allison to cap a dominant day at Martinsville (Virginia, US) Speedway, winning the Virginia National Bank 500 Read more…

1992

30 years ago

American R&B/Soul singer and songwriter, Wilson Pickett was arrested after running into an 86 year old man and yelling death threats whilst driving his car over the mayor’s front lawn in Englewood, New Jersey Read more…

1993

29 years ago

The IRA detonated a huge truck bomb in the City of London at Bishopsgate Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Rusty Wallace recorded his first of three consecutive wins at Martinsville Speedway with a dominating performance in the Hanes 500 Read more…

1995

27 years ago

The last Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 was produced, although the ceremony celebrating the car came four days later Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Terry Labonte edged Joe Nemechek to win the Touchstone Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway, which currently is tied for the second closest finish in NASCAR Xfinity Series history since electronic scoring was implemented Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Martin Truex Jr Read more…

2005

17 years ago

When Kimi Raikkonen’s McLaren did its 2005 party trick of breaking down while in the lead at the San Marino Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso was left in a comfortable lead and seemingly on his way to another easy win Read more…

2006

16 years ago

A tiny ecological car was launched in Britain after three years of research financed by the EU Read more…

2007

15 years ago

David Halberstam (73), a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and tireless author of books on topics as varied as America’s military failings in Vietnam, the deaths of firefighters at the World Trade Center and the high-pressure world of professional basketball, was killed in a car crash south of San Francisco Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Warren Edward Avis (91), the American entrepreneur, who founded Avis Rent A Car System Inc Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The fastest speed by a jet powered motorcycle of 202 Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The Canadian Auto Workers union and Chrysler Canada reached a tentative concession deal that would cut about C$19 ($15 Read more…

2015

7 years ago

Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway in dominating fashion, leading 248 of 250 laps to give Toyota its 100th series win Read more…

2016

6 years ago

Carl Edwards bumped his teammate Kyle Busch out of the way in the final turn to win his second straight race in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway Read more…

2017

5 years ago

Jimmie Johnson scored his second consecutive win of season when he took the checkered flag in the rain-delayed Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Read more…

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