February 21st


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1831

191 years ago

Sir Charles Dance began a steam carriage service between Cheltenham and Gloucester, England – running four times daily, for a number of months – using vehicles designed by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney Read more…

1905

117 years ago

The Christie Direct Action Motor Car Company was organised to manufacture the front wheel drive cars developed by J Walter Christie Read more…

1907

115 years ago

Hendrik Spijker (52) of Spyker drowned when his North Sea steamer broke up in a storm off the coast of the Hook of Holland, the Netherlands, and his loss led to the bankruptcy of the company Read more…

1909

113 years ago

Bob Burman in a Buick Model 17 won the Mardi Gras Speed Contest in New Orleans, US Read more…

1912

110 years ago

Isotta-Fraschini was issued with an Italian patent for their 4-wheel brakes Read more…

1916

106 years ago

The Dixie Flyer was introduced in Louisville, Kentucky, US Read more…

1919

103 years ago

Enrico Zeno Bernardi an Italian engineer and one of Italian automobile pioneers died aged 77 Read more…

1922

100 years ago

Alfred P Sloan of General Motors gave the Oakland Motor Division a four-point directive specifying that no drastic changes should be made until the end of June 1923 Read more…

1937

85 years ago

The first a successful automobile-airplane combination had its first flight Read more…

1944

78 years ago

Giacinto Ghia, Italian automobile coachbuilder, founder of Carrozzeria Ghia died of heart failure aged 56, while overseeing the rebuilding of his company after his factory was eradicated during an Allied bombing raid in 1943 Read more…

1944

78 years ago

The winner of the first grand prix motor race Ferenc Szizs died in France aged 60 Read more…

1948

74 years ago

The National Association for Stock Car Racing – NASCAR – was officially incorporated Read more…

1954

68 years ago

A starting field of 136 cars, the largest ever in a NASCAR event, took the green flag in the 100-mile Modified-Sportsman race at Daytona (US) Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Crowds gathered at the 1954 Grand National at Daytona to see which of the two dominant models of stock car–the fast Olds 88 or the tight handling Hudson Hornet–would take control of the race Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Georg W Borg (71), inventor of automobile clutch improvements and Chairman of the Borg-Warner Corporation, died in Janesville, Wisconsin, US Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Dodges and Plymouths equipped with the new hemi engine dominated the twin 100 mile NASCAR GN qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Ford recalled 217,000 cars in the UK to check brakes and steering Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Heston services located between junctions 2 and 3 on the M4 was opened by the then Miss United Kingdom, Jennifer Lynn Lewis and entertainer Joe Brown in a stunt designed to advertise the services’ proximity to London and Heathrow Read more…

1968

54 years ago

Iso was granted an international copyright for the Grifo name Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Don Yenko a 36 year old Chevrolet dealer from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, drove his Chevrolet Camaro to victory in the NASCAR Grand Touring ‘Citrus 250’ on the 3 Read more…

1974

48 years ago

Hall-of-Fame NHL defenseman Tim Horton (44), who played 24 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Buffalo Sabres, was killed in an automobile accident shortly after what would be his final professional hockey game Read more…

1976

46 years ago

Economy was the theme of the 1976 Chicago Auto Show Read more…

1979

43 years ago

The 100,000,000th Chevrolet, a 1979 Monza coupe, was produced Read more…

1981

41 years ago

Cars introduced on the opening day of the Chicago Auto Show included the Ford EXP, a two-passenger offshoot of the Escort, the Dodge Aries, the Plymouth Reliant, and the turbocharged Datsun 280ZX Read more…

1982

40 years ago

Dave Marcis stayed out during a caution while the leaders pitted and was at the head of the pack 5 laps later when rain stopped the NASCAR GN ‘Richmond 400’ after 250 laps at Richmond, Virginia (US) Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Canadian driver Bertrand Fabi suffered a terrible accident when testing a Ralt RT30 – Volkswagen for West Surrey Racing in a private session at Goodwood, England Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Honda sold its 20% stake of the Rover Group, allowing BMW to take full control Read more…

2000

22 years ago

A pioneer of bodysurfing and bodyboarding, Joe Wolfson (50), aka Dr Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Max Mosley offered his opinion on one of the most controversial sporting moments ever in F1 Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Southern California Automobile Club (Auto Club) purchased the naming rights ($50-70 million) to the California Speedway, Fontana, California (US) in a 10-year deal, creating the Auto Club Speedway Read more…

2016

6 years ago

Rookie Chase Elliott started the race from the pole position at the Daytona 500 Read more…

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