August 2nd


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1800

222 years ago

English inventor George Medhurst was issued with a British patent for his ‘Aeolian’ engine which used compressed air to power vehicles Read more…

1898

124 years ago

The Llandudno Motor Touring Company began bus excursions between Llandudno, Penmaenmawr, Bethesda, Penrhyn and Llanrwst in Wales Read more…

1909

113 years ago

A 1909 one-ton Rapid truck, driven by James B Read more…

1911

111 years ago

A Saurer 4 Read more…

1917

105 years ago

A special Chalmers Speedster driven by Joe Dawson and Joe Gardham at the Sheepshead Bay Speedway in New York City completed a 24-hour run that set 15 speed and endurance records for stock cars Read more…

1937

85 years ago

Raymond Mays driving an ERA won the JCC International Trophy at Brooklands Read more…

1943

79 years ago

The Gestapo arrested two-time winner of the French Grand Prix, William Grover-Williams, a British secret agent who raced as ‘W Williams’, in France Read more…

1950

72 years ago

The Ford Motor Company created its Defence Products Division in order to handle the large number of government contracts related to the Korean War Read more…

1953

69 years ago

Herb Thomas prevailed in a 200-lap main event in the only race for NASCAR’s top series at Davenport Speedway, Iowa, US Read more…

1953

69 years ago

Ernst Loof, the pre-World War II German motorcycle racing champion, best remembered as a designer for BMW and Veritas, made his only Formula 1 appearance as a driver in the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring, but his Veritas Meteor retired with a faulty fuel pump Read more…

1953

69 years ago

The German Grand Prix at Nürburgring was won by Nino Farina in a Ferrari, just over 1 minute ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio Read more…

1959

63 years ago

The AVUS circuit in Berlin staged a Formula One race, the German Grand Prix, for the first and only time (although it had hosted the German Grand Prix once before in the pre-Formula One era) Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The first grand prix car with a transversely mounted twelve-cylinder engine, the 1 Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Carel Godin de Beaufort (30) died after an accident at the Nürburgring, during practice for the 1964 German Grand Prix Read more…

1965

57 years ago

The first 1966 Ford Thunderbird was produced Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The second Blackwall Tunnel opened to traffic by Desmond Plummer, Leader of the Greater London Council (GLC) Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The Saab 96 V4, with a four-cylinder four-stroke engine, was introduced Read more…

1970

52 years ago

The Hockenheim Circuit hosted the German Grand Prix for the first time when the Formula 1 drivers decided at the French Grand Prix to boycott the Nürburgring unless major changes were made Read more…

1981

41 years ago

On the final lap of the Talladega 500, held at the Talladega Speedway, Alabama, US, Waltrip led Terry Labonte coming out of turn 4 Read more…

1985

37 years ago

The 100,000th Rolls Royce was produced, a royal blue Silver Spur saloon Read more…

1987

35 years ago

Michael Andretti won the Marlboro 500 at the Michigan International Speedway with an average speed of 171 Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Sven-Erik Soderman, driving an Opel Kadett at Mora, Sweden, set a world’s record in stunt driving Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Ford’s Sharonville Transmission Plant began production of a new 5-speed automatic truck transmission called TorqShift® Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Britain’s Billy Baxter set the blind solo world land speed record on a motorbike with a speed of 164 Read more…

2003

19 years ago

With 16 laps to go, Kevin Harvick used lap traffic to get by Matt Kenseth on a restart of the 10th Allstate 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Read more…

2005

17 years ago

The first new Daimler model for 7 years was announced, following customer demand for the return of the Daimler marque Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Traffic queues of up to 10 miles developed on the M4 eastbound after a fatal accident near Newport in Wales Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Bentley presented the all new 600bhp Continental GT Speed inspired by the legendary ‘Speed’ models of the 1920s Read more…

2007

15 years ago

The two millionth vehicle in the Ford Fiesta/Fusion series rolled off the line at the Ford plant in Cologne, a Colorado Red Ford Fiesta ST, intended for a customer in Great Britain Read more…

2007

15 years ago

The Transsyberia Rallye, a gruelling driving challenge that took contestants from Moscow through Siberia to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia began Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Geoff Ballard (b Read more…

2016

6 years ago

South Korea fined Volkswagen 17 Read more…

2019

3 years ago

Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace reached 490 Read more…

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