February 15th


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1902

120 years ago

US car manufacturer, Oldsmobile ran its first national automobile advertisement in the Saturday Evening Post Read more…

1913

109 years ago

Driving a 25 hp, 4.5 litre ‘Invincible Talbot’ at Brooklands, Percy Lambert became the first man to exceed 100 miles in one hour, covering 103.84 miles Read more…

1920

102 years ago

Packard announced the Fuelizer, a fuel-preheating device developed by Lionel M Woolson Read more…

1926

96 years ago

The Ford Motor Company was awarded the first US Post Office Department contract for the commercial carrying of airmail, using a fleet of six Ford built Stout 2-AT single engine metal skin high wing monoplanes Read more…

1933

89 years ago

The Willys-Overland Company was forced into receivership Read more…

1935

87 years ago

BMW’s stylistically and technologically innovative flagship model, the 70 mph BMW 326, was launched at the 26th German International Motor Show Berlin Read more…

1936

86 years ago

The Mercedes-Benz 260D – the world’s first production diesel-powered passenger car – debuted at the Berlin Auto Show Read more…

1937

85 years ago

Automobile stylist Amos E Northup (47) died at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, US two days after slipping on ice and breaking his skull Read more…

1937

85 years ago

Vincenzo Lancia died of natural causes aged 55 Read more…

1939

83 years ago

The 27,000,000th Ford automobile was produced Read more…

1948

74 years ago

A week before the organisation was officially incorporated, NASCAR held its first race for modified stock cars on a 3.2 mile-course at Daytona Beach Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Studebaker Corporation President Garold S Vance drove the 7,130,874th and “Last Vehicle of Studebaker’s First Century”, a 1952 Commander State Starliner Hardtop Coupe, off the assembly line with Walter C Zientowski, the factory’s senior employee, as his passenger Read more…

1953

69 years ago

Bill Blair, gaining the lead after race long leader Fonty Flock ran out of gas, won the 160 mile NASCAR GN race on the Daytona Beach and road course Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The Thunderbird name was chosen for the new Ford sports car Read more…

1959

63 years ago

Art Chrisman broke the 180 mph barrier in a supercharged nitro dragster when his “Hustler” did 181 Read more…

1963

59 years ago

Studebaker announced that all of their new cars would be fitted with front seat belts Read more…

1965

57 years ago

The Chevrolet Caprice was introduced in the US as an upscale Impala Sport Sedan Read more…

1967

55 years ago

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1968

54 years ago

The two-seater AMX made its debut Read more…

1968

54 years ago

Subaru of America Inc was organised in Pennsylvania and began importing the Subaru 360, a two-seater mini saloon Read more…

1969

53 years ago

John Z Read more…

1973

49 years ago

Buddy Baker and Coo Coo Marlin won the twin 125 mile NASCAR GN qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway Read more…

1974

48 years ago

Having announced that it would be his last race, Mark Donohue won the first International Race of Champions Final Read more…

1976

46 years ago

After years of misfortune, David Pearson finally won the Daytona 500 in spectacular fashion Read more…

1978

44 years ago

The closure of Triumph’s assembly plant at Speke, near Liverpool was announced Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Richie Evans won the NASCAR 200 for Modifieds at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Florida, US Read more…

1981

41 years ago

Richard Petty and crew gambled by not changing tires on the last pit stop and it paid off with Petty taking his 7th Daytona 500 win Read more…

1982

40 years ago

Inventor of cruise control, Ralph Teetor (91), died in Hagertown, Indiana, US Read more…

1983

39 years ago

British Leyland’s Mini-Metro became Britain’s best selling car Read more…

1984

38 years ago

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the new 2 Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Jimmy Horton won the final race in the DIRT Modified Florida Tour at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, Florida, US Read more…

1987

35 years ago

Bill Elliott qualified for the pole position at an all-time Daytona record of 210 Read more…

1991

31 years ago

In Southern Thailand a truck carrying dynamite to a stone quarry suddenly and catastrophically exploded, killing between 122 and 180 villagers Read more…

1996

26 years ago

The Ferrari F310 F1 racer was unveiled Read more…

1998

24 years ago

Dale Earnhardt finally won the Daytona 500 after 20 years of trying Read more…

2002

20 years ago

San Diego Padres outfielder Mike Darr (25) and his friend Duane Johnson (23) were killed when Darr’s sport utility vehicle careened out of control, rolled over repeatly as it crossed the Loop 101 freeway in northwest Phoenix, Arizona, crashed through a fence, and landed on its top on a frontage road Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Dale Earnhardt, Jr Read more…

2005

17 years ago

A massive crash during testing for Kimi Raikkonen meant the team had to cut short its running programme due to a lack of replacement suspension components Read more…

2006

16 years ago

City of Westminster council revealed details of its 10 worst parking offenders Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The 1,000th Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren rolled off the production line at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Police in Los Angeles, California, busted 8 people connected to an international car theft ring Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Super Aguri announced Takuma Sato and Yuji Ide as its drivers, putting the final pieces into place for its debut season Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Max Mosley faced a critical reception after proposing a football-style promotion and relegation system in Formula One Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Formula One edged further away from the threat of a breakaway series as Renault announced it was leaving the Grand Prix Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA) Read more…

2008

14 years ago

American racer Jerry Karl (66) died in a accident in Maryland (US) Read more…

2011

11 years ago

Four-time World Rally Champion Jahu Kankkunen broke the land-ice speed record, reaching an average speed of 331 km/h (205 Read more…

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