August 31st


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1869

154 years ago

Mary Ward was thrown from and fell under the wheels of an experimental steam car in Ireland built by her cousins Read more…

1899

124 years ago

A Stanley Steamer, driven by F Read more…

1903

120 years ago

A Packard automobile completed a 52-day journey from San Francisco to New York, becoming the first car to cross the United States under its own power Read more…

1912

111 years ago

The first Rayfield, a Light Six touring car, was completed at the firm’s new Chrisman, Illinois, US factory Read more…

1916

107 years ago

In a major marketing initiative, Ford Motor Co Read more…

1922

101 years ago

The Marmon Model 34C was introduced Read more…

1935

88 years ago

Ab Jenkins, with Tony Gulotta as relief driver, covers 3,253 mils in 24 hours (average 135 Read more…

1937

86 years ago

The first 8-bhp Ford Model 7Y rolled off the Dagenham assembly lines in east London Read more…

1946

77 years ago

Colin Strang’s ‘Pioneer Special’ with a Vincent HRD engine became the first 500 cc car to win a hillclimb event, held at Prescott, near Cheltenham Read more…

1951

72 years ago

James E Read more…

1952

71 years ago

The Henry Ford Trade School, which specalised in training for industrial careers, closed after 35 years Read more…

1953

70 years ago

The Packard Balboa show car was unveiled Read more…

1955

68 years ago

The world’s first solar-powered car, designed by William G Read more…

1956

67 years ago

A bus plunged into an abyss and ignite in Caldas Department, Colombia, killing 12 and injuring 10 Read more…

1956

67 years ago

Curtis Turner edged teammate Joe Weatherly to win in NASCAR’s Convertible Series at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, South Carolina, US Read more…

1956

67 years ago

The Oldsmobile Golden Rocket show car was introduced Read more…

1969

54 years ago

Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme finished 1-2 in their Team McLaren M8B-Chevrolets in the Can-Am race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA Read more…

1971

52 years ago

The MG 1300 was withdrawn from the UK market Read more…

1980

43 years ago

Australian driver Alan Jones became the first man to win the world championship with Willliams but he was made to work for the title Read more…

1997

26 years ago

Jeff Gordon prevailed in a fender-rubbing final-lap skirmish with Jeff Burton to win Darlington’s Mountain Dew Southern 500 (South Carolina, US) and the Winston Million bonus Read more…

2003

20 years ago

Terry Labonte won the last Labor Day weekend Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, North Carolina, US Read more…

2003

20 years ago

Drunk driver Dr William Faenza from New York was clocked by police driving his Lamborghini Diablo at 182 mph in a 55 mph zone on State Road 443 Read more…

2006

17 years ago

Jenson Button escaped injury in a high-speed accident during testing at Monza Read more…

2007

16 years ago

The all-new Hyundai i30 went on sale in the UK Read more…

2018

5 years ago

Ford announced that the Focus Active would not go on sale in North America because of the tariffs placed on vehicles built overseas, as the Focus Active was built in China Read more…

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