August 5th


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1882

141 years ago

Enrico Bernardi patented the Motrice Pia, his petrol combustion engine (one cylinder, 121 Read more…

1882

141 years ago

The Standard Oil Company of New Jersey was incorporated by the Standard Oil Trust Read more…

1888

135 years ago

Bertha Benz (née Ringer) without her husband Karl’s knowledge, drove her sons, Richard and Eugen, fourteen and fifteen years old, in one of Benz’s newly-constructed “Patent Motorwagen” automobiles — from Mannheim to Pforzheim — becoming the first person to drive a motor car over more than a very short distance Read more…

1899

124 years ago

The Detroit Automobile Company was organised with Clarence A Black as President, Albert E F White as Vice President, William H Murphy as Secretary, and Frank R Alderman as Treasurer- the Mechanical Superintendent was Henry Ford Read more…

1902

121 years ago

William K Vanderbilt from the US drove a Mors to a record speed of 122 km/h (76 Read more…

1914

109 years ago

A lighting ceremony was held for the world’s first electric traffic lights used to control the flow of different streams of traffic Read more…

1923

100 years ago

Dagenham (UK) was chosen as the site of a new Ford Britain factory Read more…

1923

100 years ago

The first public tours of Ford Rouge were held Read more…

1935

88 years ago

The first Limerick Grand Prix or Cuirt Luimnighe race, took place in Limerick, Ireland Read more…

1935

88 years ago

Oliver Bertram, driving the 8-litre special Barnato-Hassan Bentley racing car, set the all-time Brooklands outer lap record with a time of 69 Read more…

1947

76 years ago

Ferdinand Porsche was released from a French prison Read more…

1951

72 years ago

Amedee Gordini’s supercharged Simca-Gordini made its racing debut with Maurice Trinignant winning the Albi Grand Prix Read more…

1955

68 years ago

The 1,000,000th Volkswagen, a standard Beetle painted gold to commemorate the occasion, was produced Read more…

1956

67 years ago

45 year old Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio won the German Grand Prix at Nürburgring and broke Hermann Lang’s 17 year old lap record in a Mercedes Read more…

1961

62 years ago

During practice for the German Grand Prix, American Phil Hill became the first person to complete a lap of the Nordschleife (the 14-mile ‘northern loop’) in under 9 minutes, with a stunning lap of 8 minutes 55.2 seconds Read more…

1961

62 years ago

Walt Hansgen drove a Maserati Tipo 63 V12 to victory in the SCCA National event at Bridgehampton, New York, US Read more…

1962

61 years ago

Jack Brabham entered German Grand Prix with a car of his own construction, the BT3, but was forced to retire Read more…

1962

61 years ago

Jim Paschal rolled to victory in the Nashville 500 (Tennessee, US), leading 307 of the 500 laps on the half-mile asphalt track at the state fairgrounds Read more…

1963

60 years ago

Craig Breedlove drove the “Spirit of America” on the Bonneville Salt Flats to a new Land Speed Record of 407 Read more…

1970

53 years ago

Racer Jerry Titus (41), the 1967 Trans-Am Champion, died from injuries suffered a month earlier at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, US Read more…

1973

50 years ago

Jackie Stewart won his 27th and last Grand Prix victory in Germany Read more…

1974

49 years ago

The Ford Guest Center was opened to the public Read more…

1987

36 years ago

Chrysler Corporation purchased the American Motors Corporation from Renault, recreating ii as the Jeep-Eagle Division of Chrysler Read more…

1991

32 years ago

Sochiro Honda, founder of the Honda Motor Company, died at the age of 84 Read more…

1995

28 years ago

British driver and software author Mark Colton (34) was killed in practice for a hillclimb at Craigantlet, Northern Ireland Read more…

1995

28 years ago

Dale Earnhardt bided his time in the early going, then hustled into the lead in the closing stages to win the second annual Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Read more…

1999

24 years ago

A Mini John Cooper LE was announced to jointly celebrate the Mini’s fortieth birthday and John Cooper’s achievements in the racing arena Read more…

2001

22 years ago

Roy D Read more…

2001

22 years ago

Jeff Gordon won the eighth Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, becoming the first three-time winner of that prestigious event Read more…

2007

16 years ago

Thomas LaSorda became President of Chrysler, with Bob Nardelli succeeding him as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Read more…

2007

16 years ago

Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix for McLaren, his third win and tenth podium of the season Read more…

2010

13 years ago

The US Export-Import Bank unveiled a loan guarantee for Ford Motor Co that would finance $3 Read more…

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