February 17th


On this day in…

1890

132 years ago

The first Panhard et Levassor was test driven in Paris, France Read more…

1896

126 years ago

The public were invited to subscribe for shares in the Daimler Motor Company formed to take over from the Daimler Motor Syndicate Read more…

1901

121 years ago

The first car named Mercedes, made by Daimler, debuted at the Circuit du Sud-Ouest, France Read more…

1911

111 years ago

The first self-starter, based on patented inventions created by General Motors (GM) engineers Clyde Coleman and Charles Kettering, was installed in a Cadillac Read more…

1912

110 years ago

Frank Kulick, driving a modified Ford Model T on frozen Lake St Clair, Michigan, covering a flying mile in 33 2/5 seconds (103 Read more…

1916

106 years ago

In an attempt to save fuel for the war effort, the British government appealed against the use of motor cars and motorcycles for pleasure Read more…

1920

102 years ago

It was announced that London’s Metropolitan Police would become the first police force in the Britain to replace horses with motor cars. Read more…

1921

101 years ago

Figures released showed that in 1920 there were 9,000,000 motor vehicles in the US. Read more…

1925

97 years ago

Ford Japan was formed Read more…

1927

95 years ago

During the Ninety Mile Beach 5 lap handicap race, a non-competing car hurtled down the beach and collided with racer Bert Fitzherbert’s car, killing its unknown lady passenger Read more…

1934

88 years ago

The first driving course was offered at State College High School in State College, Pennsylvania, giving birth to the American tradition of driver’s education Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Packard introduced its “250” Chassis Convertible Read more…

1951

71 years ago

The Chicago Auto Show opened Read more…

1951

71 years ago

The US government banned the production of white side walled tires because of the Korean War effort Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The Detroit Auto Show opened for press previews, in Michigan Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Cotton Owens drove the Ray Nichels Pontiac to victory in the Daytona Beach NASCAR Grand National event, recording the first NASCAR win for the Pontiac nameplate Read more…

1960

62 years ago

The 841 cc, 38 hp Saab 96, with a 3 cylinder two-stroke engine was premiered at a Stockholm press conference Read more…

1962

60 years ago

In its second year at McCormick Place, the Chicago Auto Show continued to grow, with exhibits on two levels of the facility Read more…

1962

60 years ago

The Saab Sport, premiered at the Stockholm Motor Show Read more…

1962

60 years ago

LeeRoy Yarbrough won the 250 mile Modified-Sportsman Stock Car race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida, US Read more…

1963

59 years ago

The three-hour Daytona Continental, run at Daytona, Florida, USA, was won by Pedro Rodriguez in a Ferrari 250 GTO Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The locally-built Morris 1100 Deluxe was launched in Australia Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Alfred Sloan long-time president and chairman of General Motors died aged 91 years Read more…

1972

50 years ago

The 15,007,034th Volkswagen Beetle rolled out of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, surpassing the Ford Model T’s previous production record to become the most heavily produced car in history. Read more…

1973

49 years ago

Bobbie Adamson won the 50-lap Super Sprint car Winternational Sprint Series race at the Florida State Fair, Tampa, Florida Read more…

1974

48 years ago

The 1974 Daytona 500, the 16th running of the event, was won by Richard Petty after three hours, eleven minutes, and thirty-eight seconds of racing at Daytona International Raceway in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA Read more…

1979

43 years ago

Auto racer Don Williams was left in a coma as a result of a crash during the Sportsman 300 race at Daytona (US) Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Buddy Baker won the fastest Daytona 500 in history, at 177 Read more…

1981

41 years ago

Chrysler Corp reported the largest corporate losses in US history Read more…

1982

40 years ago

The 1983 aerodynamically designed Ford Thunderbird and Mercury Cougar were introduced Read more…

1983

39 years ago

During the first of the Twin 125 qualifying races for the Daytona 500, former Indy 500 driver Bruce Jacobi lost control at the exit of Turn 2 and flipped his Chevrolet upon entering the grass infield, eventually coming to a stop near the inside dirt bank Read more…

1985

37 years ago

Bill Elliott wrapped up a dominating SpeedWeek by driving his Thunderbird to victory in the Daytona 500 Read more…

1987

35 years ago

Frank Kurtis (79), an American racing car designer who built midget cars, quarter-midgets, sports cars, sprint cars, Indy cars, and Formula One cars, died Read more…

1988

34 years ago

The ten-millionth Mercedes-Benz car produced since the war rolled off the production line at Sindelfingen, Germany Read more…

1991

31 years ago

Dale Earnhardt was passed by Ernie Irvan in the 1991 Daytona 500 with six laps to go to score an upset win Read more…

1995

27 years ago

The famous MG sports car brand, not seen on a volume sports car since 1980, was revived when the Rover Group unveiled the new MGF sports car which went on sale in the autumn of 1995 Read more…

1999

23 years ago

An Icelandic consortium, Vistorka hf Read more…

1999

23 years ago

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt underwent back surgery to remove a ruptured disk at University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (US) Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Michael Schumacher was faced with potential legal action after deciding to switch helmet supplier from Bell to Schuberth Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Ward Burton took advantage of Serling Martin’s blunder for his first victory in the Daytona 500 Read more…

2003

19 years ago

The London congestion charge for most motor vehicles entering the Central London area was introduced Read more…

2003

19 years ago

BAR boss David Richards played down the significance of an ongoing war of words between his drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Jenson Button Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Bernie Ecclestone put forward the idea of having a US Grand Prix in Las Vegas in 2007, after concerns over tyre safety for Michelin runners meant the 2005 race at Indianapolis featured just six cars Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Ryan Newman won the Daytona 500 driving for Roger Penske Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Chrysler and GM told the US government they might need up to $21 Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The “saviour of the British motorcycle industry” Leslie Frederick Harris, who resurrected the Triumph Bonneville in 1983, died aged 69 Read more…

2013

9 years ago

Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a pole position in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Read more…

2019

3 years ago

The last Daytona 500 race to use traditional restrictor plates in NASCAR since 1988 Read more…

2020

2 years ago

General Motors announced that the Holden brand would be retired by 2021 Read more…

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