August 3rd


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1860

162 years ago

Driving a three-wheeled steam carriage, the Earl of Caithness, accompanied by his wife and the Reverend William Ross, set out on a 146-mile journey over the mountainous terrain from Inverness to Barrogill Castle (now the Castle of Mey), near Thurso, Scotland Read more…

1900

122 years ago

The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company was established in Akron, Ohio, US Read more…

1917

105 years ago

The original General Motors Company founded as a New Jersey firm in 1908 was legally dissolved after all of its stock had been acquired by the newly formed General Motors Corporation Read more…

1924

98 years ago

Alfa Romeo, appearing in its first major race outside of Italy, became the first marque to win its initial grand prix event as Giuseppe Campari won the French Grand Prix in Lyon Read more…

1926

96 years ago

London’s first set of traffic lights, a manually operated set of red, amber and green lights came into operation at the junction of St James and Piccadilly Read more…

1926

96 years ago

Milan switched to driving on the right, the last Italian town to do so Read more…

1939

83 years ago

Brooklands race circuit in Surrey, England hosted its final race, thereby ending the track’s 32-year history Read more…

1941

81 years ago

Although the United States had not yet entered World War II at this time, petrol rationing began in parts of the eastern United States Read more…

1952

70 years ago

The 18-lap German Grand Prix at Nürburgring was won by Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari after he started from pole position Read more…

1955

67 years ago

The Automobile Association of America abolished its Contest Board, leaving United States car racing without a governing body Read more…

1958

64 years ago

British racing driver, Peter Collins (26), the ‘Gay Cavalier’, died in the German Grand Prix at Nurbringring Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Lee Petty and his sons, Richard and Maurice, raced against each other for the first and only time, at Birmingham, Alabama’s, Dixie Speedway Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The very first production Renault 4, the world’s first car with hermetically sealed cooling-system, was built Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Racer Carel de Beaufort (30) died three days after his Porsche had crashed at the Nurburgring circuit during a practice run for the German Grand Prix Read more…

1970

52 years ago

Miriam Hargrave of Wakefield passed the Department of Transport’s Test of Competence to drive at the then record 40th attempt, after 212 lessons Read more…

1974

48 years ago

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1975

47 years ago

David Pearson drove a Wood Brothers Mercury to a dominant victory in the Purolator 500 at Pocono Raceway, leading 107 of the 200 laps Read more…

1993

29 years ago

E-ZPass, the electronic toll-collection system used on most toll bridges and roads in the north-eastern US, was first deployed on the New York Thruway at the Spring Valley toll plaza Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Dale Jarrett passed Ernie Irvan with seven laps to go and wins the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Speedway (US) Read more…

1997

25 years ago

History was made in the Trans-Am series when Tommy Kendall drove his Mustang to victory at Watkins Glen, New York Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Contested over 67 laps, the German Grand Prix was won by Juan Pablo Montoya driving for the Williams team after starting from pole position Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Carmaker DaimlerChrysler completed a deal to sell a majority stake (80%) of its ailing US Chrysler division to the private equity company Cerberus Capital Management for 7 Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Contested over 70 laps, the Hungarian Grand Prix was won by Heikki Kovalainen for the McLaren team, from a second position start Read more…

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