August 23rd


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1617

405 years ago

The first one-way streets were established in London Read more…

1904

118 years ago

Harold D Read more…

1913

109 years ago

For the first time motor vehicles were legally allowed to enter Yosemite National Park, California Read more…

1922

100 years ago

The 23-litre Maybach engined ‘Chitty Bang Bang’ car won the first Southsea Speed Carnival in Hampshire, England driven by British racing driver Count Louis Zborowski at 73.1 mph Read more…

1923

99 years ago

Coachbuilder Vanden Plas (England) 1923 Ltd Read more…

1939

83 years ago

John Cobb driving the piston-engined, wheel-driven Railton Special broke the land speed record at Bonneville, achieving a mark of 367 Read more…

1953

69 years ago

Alberto Ascari won the Swiss Grand Prix at Brengarten driving a Ferrari 500 Read more…

1959

63 years ago

The Portuguese Grand Prix was won by British driver Stirling Moss, his eleventh Grand Prix victory, driving a Cooper T51 for privateer race team Rob Walker Racing Team Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Lorenzo Bandini won the first Austrian Grand Prix, held over 105 laps of the Zeltweg Airfield circuit, for Ferrari Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Eduardo Lualdi drove a Ferrari 250GTO to victory in the Ascoli Hillclimb in Italy Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant produced the first 420 (pronounced “four-twenty”) Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Enjoying a wild birthday party Keith Moon drummer with The Who drove his Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool, in Flint, Michigan, US Read more…

1969

53 years ago

The first Dacia 1300 left the assembly line and was exhibited at the Paris and Bucharest shows of that year Read more…

1973

49 years ago

The Rt Hon John Peyton MP opened the Gerrards Cross Bypass, the last section of the M40 in Buckinghamshire to be constructed Read more…

1974

48 years ago

Roger Hedlund, driving the Battery Box, set a land speed record for electric automobiles of 175 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, US Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Pole-winner Cale Yarborough warded off Dale Earnhardt’s charge by two car-lengths to win the Volunteer 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Tennessee, US Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Darrell Waltrip became the first racing car driver to earn $7 million, making him the best-paid driver in NASCAR history Read more…

1987

35 years ago

Didier Pironi (35) was killed during a powerboat race in the UK Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Richard Jock Kinneir (76) graphic designer (transport/traffic font) who with colleague Margaret Calvert, designed many of the road signs used throughout the United Kingdom, died Read more…

1998

24 years ago

The record for the longest ramp jump by a car, with the car landing on its wheels and driving on afterwards, was set at 72.24 m (237 ft) by Australian stunt man Ray Baumann at Ravenswood International Raceway in Perth, Western Australia. Read more…

2001

21 years ago

A bus rolled over after colliding with a car in eastern Turkey, killing 12 and injuring 36 Read more…

2006

16 years ago

JCB Dieselmax car broke its own FIA diesel engine land speed record, achieving a speed of 350.092 mph (563.418 km/h) over a distance of 1 mile on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah (US) Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Rubens Barrichello driving a Brawn claimed his first win in 5 years at the European GP staged at the Valencia Street Circuit in Valencia, Spain Read more…

2012

10 years ago

The fastest caravan tow – 141 Read more…

2015

7 years ago

French rugby player, racing driver and later a Formula One team owner, Guy Ligier, died at the age of 85 Read more…

2019

3 years ago

Russia opened a showroom selling its first post-Soviet luxury limousine under the Aurus brand, a type of car used by President Vladimir Putin at his inauguration in 2018 Read more…

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