April 28th


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1828

194 years ago

The first Paris omnibus (France) began service, running every fifteen minutes between La Madeleine and la Bastille Read more…

1887

135 years ago

Paul Faussier, President of the Sport Velocipedique Metropolitaine, staged the first automobile race in France, but the only entrant was Georges Bouton in a steam-powered DeDion, Bouton et Trepardoux quadricycle who averaged 14 mph for the nearly 20 mile race in and around Paris Read more…

1899

123 years ago

The 90 km Limone-Cuneo-Turin road race was won by De Gras driving a Peugeot 10 hp at an average speed of 50.86 mph. Read more…

1900

122 years ago

L Gastè riding a Perfecta 6 hp tricycle won the 48 km road race between Turin and Asti in a time of 52 minutes 2 seconds Read more…

1903

119 years ago

A group of 10 motor manufacturers including Cadillac, Northern, Thomas, and Pope joined the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers (ALAM) Read more…

1908

114 years ago

Ludwig ‘Louis’ Kissel (66), father of the Kissel brothers and manager at the Kissel Motor Car Company, died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US from a gunshot wound inflicted nine days earlier by an angry employee Read more…

1921

101 years ago

Douglas Davidson riding a Harley Davidson at the Brooklands circuit became the first motorcyclist to exceed 100 mph in Britain Read more…

1922

100 years ago

The Ford Motor Company began manufacturing its own storage batteries Read more…

1926

96 years ago

J G Parry Thomas, driving the Thomas Special ‘Babs’ at the Pendine Sands in Wales, raised the land speed record to 170 Read more…

1938

84 years ago

Eric Fernihough crashed while attempting to break the motorcycle land-speed record at Gyón, Hungary Read more…

1939

83 years ago

Powell Crosley, who in his own words had 50 jobs in 50 years, produced America’s first miniature or “bantam” car Read more…

1940

82 years ago

Despite a suspension of the Mille Miglia by Mussolini due to the fatal accident in 1938 that resulted in the death of 10 spectators a smaller version of the event, officially called the Gran Premio di Brescia was held over a triangular course with Brescia, Mantua and Cremona at its apexes Read more…

1945

77 years ago

Ugo Gobbato of Alfa Romeo (56) was killed by the Italian Partigiani during a period of post-World War II anti-Fascist violence Read more…

1949

73 years ago

The Jersey Road Race held in St Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Luigi Villoresi, driving a Ferrari Tipo 340 Vignale, won the Mille Miglia in Italy Read more…

1953

69 years ago

Kaiser bought the ailing Willys-Overland company for US$63,381,175 and merged the Kaiser and Willys operations under the name Kaiser-Willys Corporation Read more…

1956

66 years ago

The Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner – the world’s first mass produced retractable hardtop – debuted at the New York Auto Show Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Paul Goldsmith drove his Smokey Yunick Ford to victory in the 250 lap NASCAR Grand National race at the Greensboro Agricultural Fairgrounds 1/3 mile dirt track in Northa Carolina, US Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The Ferrari Dino 156 F2 debuted in the Naples Grand Prix, Italy with Luigi Musso at the wheel Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Lotus Cars Ltd Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Bobby Allison drove away from a duel with James Hylton to win the 100 mile NASCAR GN race on the 1/2 mile dirt Savannah Speedway, Georgia Read more…

1968

54 years ago

Mark Donohue drove Roger Penske’s McLaren 6A-Chevy to victory in the United States Road Racing Championship Sports Car race at Riverside International Raceway Read more…

1973

49 years ago

Former Italian Formula One racing driver and coachbuilder Piero Drogo (46) died in a car accident Read more…

1974

48 years ago

Niki Lauda won the Spanish Grand Prix at the Jarama circuit, his first victory in Formula 1 and the 50th win for Ferrari, after a nearly two year winless streak Read more…

1974

48 years ago

Cale Yarborough dominated from the pole position, leading 360 laps — including the final 259 — to win the Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway (Virginia, US) Read more…

1975

47 years ago

The last International light truck was built, a model 500 4×4 cab and chassis, ending 68 years of production of such vehicles Read more…

1991

31 years ago

At the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, polesitter, Ayrton Senna in his McLaren, narrowly won over his teammate Gerhard Berger who set fastest lap Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Ford China Research & Development Fund awarded grants worth$1 Read more…

1995

27 years ago

The last ZR-1 Corvette – “King of the Hill” – rolled off the assembly line Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Jacques Villeneuve driving a Williams-Renault FW18 won the European Grand Prix at Nürburgring Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Sterling Marlin held on for a narrow victory in the Winston Select 500 at Talladega, Alabama (US) an event that sent Ricky Craven and Bill Elliott to the hospital Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Rookie Jimmie Johnson surged into the lead with 13 laps remaining and outran Kurt Busch to win the California 500 held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, US Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Contested over 65 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, the Spanish Grand Prix was won by Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari F2002 car after starting from pole position Read more…

2003

19 years ago

BMW Online in-car telephone and GPS satellite navigation was launched to coincide with the UK launch of new 730d and 760i/Li models Read more…

2006

16 years ago

In South Korea prosecutors arrested Hyundai Motor Co Read more…

2007

15 years ago

BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld made history as the first driver in over 30 years to tackle the Nürburgring Nordschleife track in a contemporary Formula One car Read more…

2012

10 years ago

A storm struck Louisville, Kentucky, US and hail damaged some 3,500 Ford Escapes assembled at a plant nearby Read more…

2019

3 years ago

Valtteri Bottas led home Lewis Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after seeing him off at the start and then maintaining a small gap until the end of the race Read more…

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