February 12th


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1898

125 years ago

The first car crash resulting in a fatality happened when the steering gear failed on Henry Linfield’s electric car, and he crashed at the bottom of a hill at Purley Corner, Surrey, England Read more…

1900

123 years ago

J Read more…

1902

121 years ago

The first Studebaker automobile was sold, an electric-powered runabout purchased by R W Bless of Macon, Missouri, US Read more…

1903

120 years ago

The first Overland was test driven in Terre Haute, Illinois, US Read more…

1908

115 years ago

The now famous, New York-to-Paris via Seattle and Yokohama, Japan, the longest motor race in history, began Read more…

1914

109 years ago

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that a 1912 law requiring automobile registration was unconstitutional, and ordered refunds of $28,040 Read more…

1919

104 years ago

Ralph DePalma in a Packard 905 achieved a speed of 149.875 mph (241.200 km/h) at Daytona Beach, which was recognised as a World Land Speed Record in the US, but not by the AIACR Read more…

1937

86 years ago

Petrol in Britain went up a halfpenny to 1/7d a gallon. Read more…

1938

85 years ago

Taxicab insurance was introduced in the US requiring taxicab drivers to carry liability insurance Read more…

1943

80 years ago

Lord Nuffield created the Nuffield Foundation, Britain’s largest charitable trust, with a gift of £10,000,000 of ordinary stock in the company he founded 30 years earlier, Morris Motors. Read more…

1951

72 years ago

Bill France Sr Read more…

1953

70 years ago

The Willys-Overland Company, which brought America the Jeep, celebrated its golden anniversary Read more…

1957

66 years ago

The first yellow ‘no parking’ lines in Britain, were introduced in Slough, Buckinghamshire. Read more…

1957

66 years ago

Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory and several hundred cars were destroyed by fire Read more…

1960

63 years ago

The first issue of “National Dragster”, the official National Hot Rod Association magazine, was published. Read more…

1961

62 years ago

Dan Gurney won the Formula Libre race on the airfield at Ballarat, Australia, driving a BRM P48 F1 car Read more…

1961

62 years ago

Moto Kitano rode a Honda to victory in the FIM 250cc motorcycle GP at Daytona, Florida, Mike Hailwood was second on a Mondial Read more…

1962

61 years ago

The Ford Motor Company announced that their ‘FoMoCo’ glass trademark would be renamed ‘Car-Lite’ Read more…

1964

59 years ago

Henry Ford II and Anne McDonnell divorced Read more…

1967

56 years ago

Tasman Cup Series, Petrie, Australia won by Jim Clark in a Lotus-Climax, his 4th consecutive Tasman Cup series win Read more…

1973

50 years ago

Four metric distance road signs, the first in the US, were erected along Interstate 71 in Ohio Read more…

1976

47 years ago

Nissan purchased Volkswagen’s factory in Australia Read more…

1979

44 years ago

Richie Evans won the fourth night Modified feature of the World Series Of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, US Read more…

1984

39 years ago

Austin Rover announced that the Triumph marque would be discontinued in the summer after 63 years, as the Triumph Acclaim’s successor would be sold as a Rover Read more…

1984

39 years ago

Three-time NASCAR Grand National champion, Cale Yarborough, became the first Daytona 500 qualifier above 200 mph Read more…

1987

36 years ago

Dennis Poore a British entrepreneur, financier and sometime racing driver, died in Kensington, London aged 70 Read more…

1992

31 years ago

General Motors of Canada Ltd announced a new marque, the Asuna, as a counterpart to Geo Read more…

1995

28 years ago

Philip Taylor Kramer (42), bass player for the Iron Butterfly rock band and a computer engineer, disappeared on the way back home from the Los Angeles airport Read more…

1998

25 years ago

In Italy over 250 cars crashed on the foggy highway A-13 between Padua and Bologna Read more…

2006

17 years ago

Petrolheads, a BBC panel game presented by Neil Morrissey, with team captains Richard Hammond and Chris Barrie, premiered Read more…

2006

17 years ago

Sentul International Circuit, Indonesia hosted the eighth race in the 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix season Read more…

2008

15 years ago

In an attempt to cut costs, struggling auto giant General Motors (GM) offered buyouts to all 74,000 of its hourly employees in the US represented by the United Auto Workers union Read more…

2010

13 years ago

The Chicago Auto Show opened to the public Read more…

2011

12 years ago

Italian auto giant Fiat, under pressure to abandon any plan to move its headquarters to the United States, committed to invest 20 billion euros to produce 1 Read more…

2012

11 years ago

Jonathan Davenport ,driving a car owned by Clint Bowyer Dirt Motorsports, won the Late Model race at the Golden Isles Speedway, Brunswick, Georgia (US) Read more…

2015

8 years ago

A report released by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) revealed the worst speeding offenders with a motorist caught going 128 mph in a 30 mph zone while another was caught driving at 146 mph Read more…

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