February 23rd


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1893

129 years ago

Rudolf Diesel received a German patent for the diesel engine Read more…

1906

116 years ago

The Aerocar Motor Company of Detroit, Michigan, US registered its ‘Aerocar’ logo, but the firm failed in 1908 and its factory was taken over by Hudson Read more…

1924

98 years ago

Patrick L Hussey, a cofounder of the Cadillac Motor Car Company and founder of the Husey Drop Forging & Manufacturing Company, died in Cleveland, Ohio, US Read more…

1929

93 years ago

Baroness Mercedes Adrienne Manuela Ramona von Schlosser Weigl (nee Jellinek), died in Vienna, Austria, aged 39 Read more…

1947

75 years ago

The Stockholm Grand Prix at Vallentuna was won by Reg Parnell in an ERA A-Type Read more…

1953

69 years ago

Ernesto Ceirano (79) of Fiat, winner of the 1911 and 1914 Targa Florio, died in Turin, Italy Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The 500,000th post-World War II Jeep was produced Read more…

1955

67 years ago

The Nash-based Hudson Hornet and Wasp were introduced at the Chicago Auto Show Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Communist guerrillas in Havana, Cuba, one day before the second Havana Grand Prix, kidnapped Argentine racing champion Juan Manuel Fangio Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Paul Goldsmith drove Smokey Yunick’s Pontiac to victory in the 160-mile NASCAR Grand National race on Daytona’s Beach-Road course Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Driving a potent Plymouth with the new Hemi engine, Richard Petty led 184 of the 200 laps to win the 1964 Daytona 500 Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The Pontiac Firebird was introduced Read more…

1968

54 years ago

Artist Peter Arno (64), creator of the unique 1939 Albatross, died Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Lee Roy Yarbrough chased down Charlie Glotzbach who had an eleven second lead to win the Daytona 500 Read more…

1969

53 years ago

The Stardust International Raceway, Las Vegas, Nevada held it last race Read more…

1971

51 years ago

Beatle George Harrison was fined and banned from driving for a year for speeding Read more…

1971

51 years ago

23 days after Rolls Royce Ltd had entered receivership, a new company, Rolls Royce (1971) Ltd, was registered Read more…

1974

48 years ago

The 66th Chicago Auto Show opened as the OPEC oil embargo remained in force Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Richard Petty drove his Dodge to a convincing win in the ‘Richmond 500’ NASCAR GN race Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Over 700 vehicles went on display at the 1980 Chicago Auto Show Read more…

1983

39 years ago

The Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 4WD rally car was launched on the same day as its two-wheel-drive road version Read more…

1986

36 years ago

At the Miller High Life 400 rivals Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt battled for the win on the half-mile short track for the better part of the race Read more…

1992

30 years ago

Ford, America’s second largest car manufacturer reported a 1991 loss of £3 Read more…

1992

30 years ago

The Jaguar XJR-14 made its race debut in the IMSA Camel GT race at Miami, Florida, USA Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Newspaper editor Earl Selby (82) was killed in an automobile crash in Monterey, California Read more…

2003

19 years ago

An Athens-bound intercity bus plunged into a river near Thessaloniki, Greece killing 16 Read more…

2006

16 years ago

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rolls-Royce, the company unveiled its 100EX Experimental Centenary car Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Oliver Tomlinson (71), father of NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, was killed when the 1969 Chevy pickup truck in which he was riding blew a tyre, causing the truck to swerve out of control and flip on a highway near Waco, Texas Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Paul Frere died at the age of 91 in Brussels Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at the Auto Club Speedway , Fontana, California, US Read more…

2009

13 years ago

New York City announced testing camera enforcement of bus lanes on 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan where a New York City taxi illegally using the bus lanes would face a fine of $150 adjudicated by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The Spygate legal case against McLaren engineers Paddy Lowe, Jonathan Neale and Rob Taylor was dropped, after a ‘no contest’ agreement between the lawyers representing them and the Modena district attorney was reached Read more…

2010

12 years ago

India’s biggest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India announced it has recalled 100,000 of its best-selling A-Star hatchback cars due to a fuel leakage problem Read more…

2014

8 years ago

For the second year in a row, a rookie won the pole position, in this case, Austin Dillon in his first ride in the newly renumbered #3 Chevy SS for Richard Childress Racing, the first time the #3 had been used in a NASCAR Cup Series race since Dale Earnhardt’s death Read more…

2015

7 years ago

Bugatti sold its last Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, which was named La Finale Read more…

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