August 19th


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1899

123 years ago

Henry Ford resigned from the Edison Illuminating Company and with others, organised the Detroit automobile company and taking one-sixth of its shares became Chief Engineer Read more…

1909

113 years ago

The first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway took place Read more…

1927

95 years ago

Ford Model T production ended in England Read more…

1934

88 years ago

The first All-American Soap Box Derby was held in Dayton, Ohio Read more…

1946

76 years ago

Marquis Jules Félix Philippe Albert de Dion de Wandonne, a pioneer of the automobile industry in France, died aged 90 Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Curtis Turner qualified his Oldsmobile at 82 Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Joe Weatherly scored a flag-to-flag victory to win the only race for the NASCAR Convertible Series at Heidelberg Raceway just outside of Pittsburgh, US Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Thelma Chrysler Foy, daughter of Walter Chrysler and wife of former DeSoto executive Byron C Foy, died in New York City Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Production of the Packard, the classic American luxury car with the famously enigmatic slogan “Ask the Man Who Owns One” came to a halt Read more…

1959

63 years ago

The first conviction for speeding based on a radar trap in the UK was recorded in Lancashire. Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The Vanden Plas Princess 4-litre R was launched at a list price (including tax) of £1,994 Read more…

1973

49 years ago

Ronnie Peterson won the Austrian Grand Prix for Lotus ahead of Jackie Stewart and Carlos Pace Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Mark Neary Donohue, Jr Read more…

1979

43 years ago

Rick Mears drove a Penske-Cosworth to victory in the USAC Championship race in Trenton, New Jersey, US Read more…

1984

38 years ago

McLaren’s Niki Lauda took the lead in the World Championship with his 23rd career win at the Austrian Grand Prix Read more…

1985

37 years ago

Robert E Barber broke the 79-year-old speed record for a steam car when Steamin Demon, built by Barber-Nichols Engineering Co Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Warren Johnson became the first NHRA Pro Stock drag racer to hit 190 mph at the end of the quarter-mile when he ran 190 Read more…

1992

30 years ago

One of the great pioneers of the front-wheel drive car Jean-Albert Grégoire (93), died Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Michael Schumacher got behind the wheel of his Ferrari for the first time since his crash at Silverstone resulted in a broken leg Read more…

2000

22 years ago

A 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe was sold for $4 Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Sterling Marlin drove a Dodge to victory in the Pepsi 400 at Michigan Speedway (US) for his first win of the season Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Michael Schumacher won his fourth World Championship and equalled Alain Prost’s record of 51 Grand Prix victories at the Hungarian Grand Prix Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Sky Sports, the UK’s leading broadcaster of motorsport, signed an exclusive deal to televise A1 Grand Prix, the first of 30 networks to back the series around the globe Read more…

2004

18 years ago

A controversial incentive scheme for traffic wardens was scrapped Read more…

2005

17 years ago

A 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C was sold at auction in the US for $3 Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Germany launched a campaign to put a million electric cars on the road by 2020, making battery research a priority as the country tried to position itself as a market leader. Read more…

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