August 25th


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1819

203 years ago

James Watt (83), the principle inventor of the modern steam engine, died at Heathfield Hall, near Birmingham, England Read more…

1903

119 years ago

A Phelps touring car driven by designer L J Phelps set the first official record (1 hour 46 minutes) for the Mount Washington hillclimb, New Hampshire, US Read more…

1910

112 years ago

Walden W Read more…

1921

101 years ago

Six-Cylinder Love, the first full-length play based on the motor car, opened at the Sam H Read more…

1927

95 years ago

Lucy O’Reilly Schell finished 12th, driving a Bugatti in the Baule Grand Prix in France Read more…

1928

94 years ago

Owen Baldwin riding his Zenith-JAP at Arpajon in France became the first man to ride a measured kilometre at an average speed of over 200 km/h (120 mph), taking the official FIM motorcycle land-speed record Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The 8,000,000th Chevrolet was produced Read more…

1935

87 years ago

Rudolf Caracciola in a Mercedes-Benz W25/35 won the Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten Read more…

1941

81 years ago

The Packard Twentieth Series was introduced Read more…

1949

73 years ago

The 100,000th Volvo car – a black PV444 – came off the assembly line at the Lundby plant, Sweden Read more…

1950

72 years ago

The UK-based weekly “Autosport” magazine was first published Read more…

1958

64 years ago

The Volvo PV544 was introduced, replacing the PV444 Read more…

1959

63 years ago

The 3,000,000th Volkswagen was produced Read more…

1963

59 years ago

Karl Probst (59), credited with the design of the Jeep in 1940, died Read more…

1965

57 years ago

First production of the Iso Grifo GL, powered by American Chevrolet Corvette small-block 327 (5 Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Richard Petty rolled from the pole position and leads wire-to-wire in a 200-lap main event at Savannah (Georgia , US) Speedway, one of 27 victories that season for the NASCAR Hall of Famer Read more…

1967

55 years ago

New Zealand motorcycle racer, Burt Munro set an under-1,000 cc world record of 184 Read more…

1973

49 years ago

Virgil W Syder drove a diesel-powered streamliner called ‘Thermo King-Wynns’ at 235 Read more…

1974

48 years ago

Roy M Rawlins was awarded a California State Driving License at the age of 104, valid until 1978 Read more…

1983

39 years ago

The Ford Escort cabriolet, the first Ford convertible manufactured in Europe in 25 years was introduced Read more…

1985

37 years ago

Niki Lauda won the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort in a McLaren MP4/2B-TAG Read more…

1985

37 years ago

All six Bugatti Royales were exhibited at the Pebble Beach (CA) Concours, the first and only time that the celebrated cars have appeared together Read more…

1986

36 years ago

The first Formula 3000 Birmingham Superprix race was held Read more…

1988

34 years ago

The United States Postal Service issued a Classic Car booklet of 25c stamps in 5 different designs – 1928 Locomobile, 1929 Pierce-Arrow, 1931 Cord, 1932 Packard and 1935 Duesenberg – in Detroit, Michigan, as designed by artist Ken Dallison Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Ernie Irvan passed Dale Earnhardt in the final 50 miles and speeds to his first NASCAR Winston Cup victory in Bristol’s Busch 500 Read more…

1991

31 years ago

Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut at Spa Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Founder and team principal of Tyrrell Racing, Ken Tyrrell (77), passed away at his home in Surrey Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Sebastian Vettel became the youngest ever F1 driver as he made his debut for BMW Sauber during Friday practice for the Turkish Grand Prix Read more…

2019

3 years ago

Ferdinand Karl Piech (82), Volkswagen AG’s former chairman and chief executive, died Read more…

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