February 20th


On this day in…

1907

115 years ago

The Biddle-Murray Manufacturing Company of Oak Park, Illinois, US closed its doors after three years of limited automobile production Read more…

1909

113 years ago

The Hudson Motor Car Company was founded Read more…

1915

107 years ago

A replica of the assembly line for Ford Model T cars at the Ford Motor Company’s Highland Plant, near Michigan, US, was exhibited at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco Read more…

1920

102 years ago

The Jones Motor Car Company of Wichita, Kansas, US was destroyed by fire Read more…

1921

101 years ago

Citroën created a series of enamel road signs to help drivers find their way around the French road network Read more…

1929

93 years ago

The first Roosevelt, a companion of the Marmon and the first 8-cylinder car to sell for less than $1,000 in the US was introduced Read more…

1937

85 years ago

The first Arrowbile was competed by Waldo D Waterman of Santa Monica, California, US – this vehicle is often credited as being the world’s first practical airplane/automobile Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The legendary Ford Thunderbird was launched at the Detroit Auto Show and went on sale in October as a 1955 model Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The Dodge Firearrow was introduced in the US Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Cotton Owens captured a modified-sportsman victory in an event that featured 136 starting entries; the largest ever starting field in a NASCAR event Read more…

1959

63 years ago

The first races on the 2 Read more…

1961

61 years ago

Joe Weatherly won the inaugural 10 lap ‘American Challenge Cup’ race at Daytona International Speedway Read more…

1963

59 years ago

Dan Gurney drove a Holman-Moody Ford to victory in the ‘Motor Trend 500’ NASCAR Grand National race at Riverside International Raceway, California Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Datsun (Nissan) sold its first car in Chicago on the opening day of the auto show Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Rod Perry won both of the twenty lap Sportsman Super Modified features at the Hollywood Speedway, Hollywood, Florida, US Read more…

1970

52 years ago

Small cars were the predominant trend at the Chicago Auto Show Read more…

1971

51 years ago

Danny O’Neill won the Bay Cities Racing Association indoor Midget race at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa Read more…

1972

50 years ago

A Read more…

1977

45 years ago

Cale Yarborough beat Benny Parsons by 1 Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Bon Scott, vocalist of the rock band AC/DC was found dead in the backseat of a friend’s car Read more…

1983

39 years ago

Cale Yarborough of Timmonsville, South Carolina, became the first driver to run a qualifying lap over 200 mph (320 km/h) at Daytona in his #28 Hardees Chevrolet Monte Carlo Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Hyundai Motor America began selling cars in the USA, with a single model, the Hyundai Excel, which was offered in a variety of trims and body styles Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Mark Kinser won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race over his cousin Steve at the Ascot Park, Gardena, California, US Read more…

1993

29 years ago

Marian Bublewicz (42), the best Polish rally driver of the 80s and 90s, died in an accident just 2 kilometres after the start of 5th special stage “Orłowiec-Złoty Stok” of the Zimowy Rajd Dolnośląski – Winter Lower-Silesian Rally – in Poland Read more…

1993

29 years ago

Ferrucio Lamborghini, founder of the marque which bears his name, died aged 76 Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Sterling Marlin held Ernie Irvan at bay in the final laps to record his first career NASCAR Winston Cup victory in the Daytona 500 Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Clare M MacKichan (77), a General Motors stylist (1939-78) best remembered for the 1955-57 Chevrolets, Chevrolet Nomad, and Opel GT, died in Florida, US Read more…

1997

25 years ago

An episode of the hit TV sitcom “Seinfeld” titled “The Pothole” aired for the first time; it included a story line in which the character Kramer adopted a stretch of the fictional Arthur Burghardt Expressway through the real-life Adopt-a-Highway program Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Frank Williams, Patrick Head and Adrian Newey along with three officials from the Imola race circuit were put on trial in Italy, charged with culpable homicide for the death of Ayrton Senna Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Dale Jarrett exercised patience to grab his third victory in the Daytona 500 Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Max Mosley announced he would stand for a third term as president of the FIA Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Ron Dennis accused the FIA of dictatorial behaviour after it banned refuelling and set-up changes between qualifying and the race as well as putting an end to teams changing settings remotely while the car is on track Read more…

2004

18 years ago

The 10,675th and last Lotus Esprit rolled off the line after 28 years in production Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Jeff Gordon squeaked past Tony Stewart in the waning laps to win the first Daytona 500 in history to go into overtime Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Flavio Briatore defended Kimi Raikkonen’s exploits in a London lap-dancing club, saying the Finn was like a “breath of fresh air” in F1 Read more…

2009

13 years ago

General Motors Corporation’s Swedish-based subsidiary Saab went into bankruptcy protection so the unit could be spun off or sold by its struggling US parent Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The Canadian units of General Motors Corporation and Chrysler sought as much as C$10 billion ($8 billion) in aid from the Canadian and Ontario governments as they fought to survive an industry wide crisis Read more…

2010

12 years ago

Kyle Busch won the Starter Brothers 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California, US Read more…

365 Days Of Motoring

Recent Posts

Categories

Disclaimer

I We have no wish to abuse copyright regulations and we apologise unreservedly if this occurs. If you own any of the material published please get in touch.