April 29th


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1899

123 years ago

A car named La Jamais Contente driven by Camille Jenatzy became the first vehicle to go over 100 km/h (62 mph) at Achères, Yvelines near Paris, France Read more…

1908

114 years ago

The US Steel Corporation manufactured the first car wheels made entirely out of steel. Read more…

1915

107 years ago

Bob Burman drove his Peugeot to victory in the ‘Southwest Sweepstakes’ AAA Championship race held on a course of public roads in Oklahoma City Read more…

1915

107 years ago

The $490 Chevrolet Model 490 was introduced Read more…

1918

104 years ago

Pre-war American driving ace Eddie Rickenbacher scored his first “kill” as a fighter pilot in World War I Read more…

1923

99 years ago

The first Salmson Grand Sport was completed and sold to dealers Ring & Hoffman of Strasbourg, Alsace, France Read more…

1925

97 years ago

The Standardised Closed Cab was introduced for the Ford Model TT truck chassis Read more…

1934

88 years ago

George Eyston, driving the Flying Spray at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, set a land speed record for diesel-powered vehicles, covering the flying kilometre at 159 Read more…

1939

83 years ago

The compact Crosley was introduced to the press and dealers by Powel Crosley Jr at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana, US Read more…

1941

81 years ago

The 29 millionth Ford was produced, a 1941 Super Deluxe Station Wagon that was presented to the American National Red Cross by Edsel Ford Read more…

1948

74 years ago

Bob Gerard driving a ERA B-Type won the 176 mile Jersey Road Race held in St Helier Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Dale Earnhardt, one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history, was born in North Carolina, US Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Louis Rosier in a Talbot-Lago T26C-DA won the Bordeaux Grand Prix Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Chester G Luby dealer in Forest Hills, New York, signed signed sole distribution contract for 22 eastern states becoming the first Datsun dealer in the US Read more…

1961

61 years ago

Production ceased of the two-door, four-seat Ford Squire 100E estate, the brother to the Ford Prefect 100E four-door saloon, sharing the same 1172 cc Ford sidevalve 36 bhp (27 kW) and other parts and the same interior trim Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Racer Herman ‘The Turtle’ Beam, known for driving in the slow lane but always finishing, recorded his best-ever finish – 6th, but 31 laps behind the winner – in the Volunteer 500 held at Bristol International Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, US Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Miami’s Bobby Johns won the NASCAR Grand National ‘Volunteer 500’ on the 1/2 mile Bristol International Speedway, Tennessee, US Read more…

1962

60 years ago

The 7th Aintree 200 motor race, run to Formula One rules, was held at Aintree Circuit, England Read more…

1969

53 years ago

A Porsche 917 was driven in public for the first time at the Le Mans test weekend Read more…

1973

49 years ago

At the Spanish Grand Prix held at Montjuich Park, Lotus driver, Emerson Fittipaldi had a great drive from his 7th spot on the grid to win the race in 1:48:18 over Francois Cevert in his Tyrrell 42 seconds back Read more…

1973

49 years ago

Brian Redman won the season opening SCCA Formula 5000 race at Riverside International Raceway, California, US Read more…

1976

46 years ago

The Opel Isuzu manufactured in Tokyo, Japan by Isuzu Motors Ltd for General Motors Europe was introduced to the United States market n Read more…

1978

44 years ago

German racing driver Theo Helfrich (64), former Formula One driver, German Formula Two Champion in 1953, and 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans runner-up, died Read more…

1979

43 years ago

The Spanish Grand Prix was staged at the Circuito Permanente del Jarama near Madrid, Spain Read more…

1982

40 years ago

Henry Ford II sold the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, US Read more…

1983

39 years ago

Lee Iacocca’s attempt to revive the Imperial failed as the last of 12,285 ‘modern’ Imprerials rolled off the Windsor, Ontario, Canada, assembly line Read more…

1984

38 years ago

Geoff Bodine scored his first career NASCAR GN win by taking the 500 lap race on the 1/2 mile Martinsville Speedway, Virginia, US Read more…

1984

38 years ago

The Belgian Grand Prix was held at Zolder Read more…

1992

30 years ago

An jury of 10 whites, one Hispanic, and one Filipina in the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley acquitted four police officers who had been charged with using excessive force in arresting black motorist Rodney King a year earlier Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Ford acquired 100 percent of Hertz Corporation, world’s largest car rental company Read more…

1999

23 years ago

In Japan Honda announced that its last EV Plus electric car was built in March Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Michael Schumacher won the Spanish Grand Prix driving a Ferrari F2001 even though he was 40 seconds behind Mika Häkkinen on the penultimate lap Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver died Read more…

2004

18 years ago

The last Oldsmobile came off the assembly line at the Lansing Car Assembly plant in Michigan, signaling the end of the 106-year-old automotive brand, America’s oldest (and the third oldest in the world, after Daimler and Peugeot) Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Credit card parking meters were introduced in parts of central London. Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The Fox, Volkswagen’s new entry level model was officially launched in the UK. Read more…

2007

15 years ago

A1 Team Great Britain broke the home race curse, winning the Brands Hatch Sprint race at the 2006/07 season finale Read more…

2008

14 years ago

The videogame “Grand Theft Auto IV,” produced by Take-Two Interactive Software, hit the stores with expectations of record sales Read more…

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