August 28th


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1897

125 years ago

Major-General Montgomery of Winchester purchased a Coventry-built Daimler in what was the first British sale of a vehicle to a person outside of the automobile industry Read more…

1899

123 years ago

The Pittsburgh Motor Vehicle Company reorganised as the Autocar Company Read more…

1902

120 years ago

Andrew L Riker was elected Vice President of Locomobile Read more…

1904

118 years ago

The Louisiana Purchase Trophy Race at the St Louis World Fair, Missouri, US was won by Barney Oldfield driving the Peerless Green Dragon Read more…

1907

115 years ago

The Oakland Motor Car Company was organised in Pontiac, Michigan, US by Edward M Read more…

1921

101 years ago

Construction of the Paragon Motor Company factory began in Cumberland, Maryland, US Read more…

1922

100 years ago

The famous Autodromo motor racing track, was completed in Monza, north of Milan, Italy Read more…

1934

88 years ago

Rolls-Royce of America, Inc Read more…

1936

86 years ago

Lord Herbert Scott was elected Chairman of Rolls-Royce Ltd Read more…

1937

85 years ago

The Toyota Motor Company Ltd, the world’s largest automobile manufacturer, was founded Read more…

1951

71 years ago

The 1,000th Porsche was produced Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Automobile windscreen manufacturer Dana Elisha Seeley (88) died on Mackinac Island, Michigan, US Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Pontiac staged its 50th Anniversary celebrations, based on the founding of the division’s original car, the Oakland Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Jack Brabham made the third fastest climb at Ollons-Villars hillclimb event in Switzerland with a Formula 2 Cooper Read more…

1961

61 years ago

Art Malone drove Bob Osiecki’s aluminium-bodied “Mad Dog IV” to a World Closed Course Speed Record of 181 Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Lothar Motschenbacher won the USRRC race at Mid Ohio in Lexington, Ohio, US, driving the McLaren-Olds owned by actor Dan Blocker Read more…

1966

56 years ago

The first British Drag Racing Championship began at the Santa Pod Raceway, England Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Oliver E Barthel (91), a pioneer designer with King, Ford, Oldsmobile and Cadillac, died in Detroit, Michigan, US Read more…

1971

51 years ago

Tiny Lund surged in front when Dave Marcis’ rear gearing failed, leading the rest of the way in the Buddy Shuman 276, the final race for NASCAR’s premier series at Hickory (North Carolina, US) Speedway Read more…

1972

50 years ago

General Motors announced that it would market a Wankel rotary engine as an optional power unit for the Chevrolet Vega within two years Read more…

1974

48 years ago

Citroen C 2000 and 2200 fastbacks, with engines inherited from the Citroën DS, positioned between the bottom of range DSuper and the exclusive DS 23 Pallas, were launched Read more…

1977

45 years ago

English driver Mike Parkes (45) who participated in 7 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 18 July 1959, died Read more…

1977

45 years ago

The merger of Volvo and Saab was called off Read more…

1983

39 years ago

Rene Arnoux drove a Ferrari 126C3 to victory in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Bob Glidden made the first NHRA Pro Stock 7 Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Ayrton Senna led home Alain Prost in a McLaren 1-2 to win the Belgian Grand Prix Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Damon Hill won the Belgian Grand Prix for Williams after Michael Schumacher was disqualified due to excessive wear on his Benetton’s skid block (the mandatory wooden plank introduced at Germany) Read more…

1998

24 years ago

Beiqi Foton Motor Co Read more…

1999

23 years ago

During his first season with the BAR team, Jacques Villeneuve demonstrated the same penchant for risk-taking as his father during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix Read more…

1999

23 years ago

In the closing laps of the popular Saturday night Rattle Hill Cage race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt led Terry Labonte and Jimmy Spencer Read more…

1999

23 years ago

A memorial service for the victims of the Tauern Road Tunnel fire was held in the town of Flachau before the tunnel – one of the primary north-south routes through the Alps – was officially reopened Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Seventy people died in a bus pile up in Abuja Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Red-faced council bosses apologised to a motorist after contractors winched his legally parked car off the ground to paint double yellow lines under it – and then issued him with a parking fine Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Ford of Europe introduced the World Rally Championship inspired Focus RS as well as the new Ford Streetka and Sportka Read more…

2005

17 years ago

After Alex Zanardi lost both legs in a horrific Champ Car accident in 2001, few people thought he would ever return to racing but he proved everybody wrong when he triumphed in a World Touring Car Championship event in Germany driving a specially modified BMW Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Martin Groves established the outright hill record for Gurston Down Motorsport Hillclimb in Wiltshire, England Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Phil Hill, the first American driver to win the Formula One World Championship, died in Salinas, California at the age of 81 Read more…

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