February 26th


On this day in…

1900

123 years ago

The National Cycle & Automobile Company Limited opened a showroom in Toronto, Ontario – the first automobile dealership in Canada, to sell bicycles and Locomobile steamers Read more…

1903

120 years ago

Alexander Winton, driving his Winton ‘Bullet 1’ with a huge 13 litre water-cooled 4 cylinder engine, set the first speed record (68.14 mph) ever achieved at Daytona Beach, Florida Read more…

1914

109 years ago

Ralph DePalma driving a Mercedes GP won the 9th running of the Vanderbilt Cup (Santa Monica) race after a thrilling duel with Barney Oldfield Read more…

1916

107 years ago

The Scripps-Booth Company filed papers to dissolve the corporation Read more…

1922

101 years ago

Vincenzo Lancia and Felice Nazzaro laid the first stone as construction began on the Autodromo di Monza, universally known as the Temple of Speed Read more…

1924

99 years ago

Kissel engineers Herman D Palmer and Joseph A Tarkington were issued with a US patent for their ‘Automatic Oil Control’, a throttle-controlled device to regulate the amount of oil supplied to the engine Read more…

1930

93 years ago

The first red and green traffic signal lights were placed at Manhattan street corners. Read more…

1935

88 years ago

Howard C Marmon and Georg H Freers received a United States patent for their ‘Motor Vehicle’, a front-wheel-drive V12 two-door sedan – a single prototype known officially as the HCM Special was built, but this car is usually considered to be the last Marmon automobile produced Read more…

1935

88 years ago

The Pontiac “Indian Maiden” mascot was patented by its designers Chris Klein and C Read more…

1936

87 years ago

Adolf Hitler opened in Saxony, the first manufacturing plant of Germany’s “peoples car” – the Volkswagen Read more…

1944

79 years ago

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is incorporated in Boston by seven sports car enthusiasts Read more…

1949

74 years ago

Adriano Malusardi died during practice for the Gran Premio Internacional San Martín, Argentina when his car crashed and rolled several times Read more…

1952

71 years ago

The 1952 Henry J Corsair was introduced as a mid-year replacement for the Vagabond line Read more…

1956

67 years ago

Tim Flock drove one of the Kiekhaefer Chrysler entries to win the 76 car NASCAR Grand National race on the Daytona beach & road course Read more…

1961

62 years ago

Marvin Panch took the lead when Fireball Roberts dropped out with 13 laps left and went on to win the third Daytona 500 Read more…

1965

58 years ago

Lee Roy Yarbrough set a new world closed course speed record in his hemi-powered Dodge, reaching 181 Read more…

1966

57 years ago

Mario Andretti made his first Daytona 500 start, driving a Chevrolet for Smokey Yunick Read more…

1967

56 years ago

Mario Andretti won the Daytona 500 in a Holman-Moody Ford, his only NASCAR Grand National win Read more…

1968

55 years ago

The first bus lane in London was put into service on Vauxhall Bridge. Read more…

1970

53 years ago

The second generation 1970 1/2 Pontiac Firebird was introduced Read more…

1972

51 years ago

Nearly 550 vehicles were shown on the opening day of the 1972 Chicago Auto Show, including the five-millionth Chicago-built Ford, a Galaxie 500 hardtop Read more…

1978

45 years ago

Benny Parsons took the lead when Lennie Pond suffered a flat right front tire with 77 laps to go, and went on to take the Richmond 400 NASCAR GN race Read more…

1981

42 years ago

Driver Ulf Grönholm (38) – the father of future World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm – and co-driver Bob Rehnström were killed after their car hit a snowplower and caught fire during a preparatory run on public roads for the Hankiralli, the Finnish round of the European Rally Championship scheduled two days later Read more…

1983

40 years ago

The 75th anniversary edition of the Chicago Auto Show opened Read more…

1984

39 years ago

Alba made their IMSA GT debut at Miami, Florida, USA Read more…

1986

37 years ago

Italian coachbuilders Terrazzano di Rho completed the first £87,000 Aston Martin Zagota supercar Read more…

1990

33 years ago

Cornell Gunter (53) of the Coasters was shot and killed while sitting in his car in Las Vegas, Nevada Read more…

1993

30 years ago

A bomb in a yellow Ryder truck was detonated in an underground garage at the World Trade Center in New York, shaking the 110 story towers and causing the collapse of several floors in the underground garage and tearing a hole in the ceiling of an adjoining subway Read more…

1995

28 years ago

Ray Bellm and Maurizio Sandro Sala won the 4 Hours of Jerez, Spain, driving a Gulf McLaren F1 GTR Read more…

1997

26 years ago

Giuseppe Bertone, called “Nuccio”, famed automobile designer and constructor died aged 82 Read more…

2001

22 years ago

Dennis Nalon (87), an American midget car, sprint car, and Indy 500 driver from Chicago, Illinois, United States, died Read more…

2005

18 years ago

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Badawi told Proton to set its sights abroad as he launched the national carmaker’s 1 Read more…

2007

16 years ago

In an effort to raise awareness of environmental issues, the Honda Formula One (F1) team unveiled its Earth Car, a race car emblazoned with a large image of the planet instead of the typical advertising and sponsorship logos featured on most F1 vehicles Read more…

2007

16 years ago

A bus rolled down a 300-foot gorge in Reasi, India, killing 12 and injuring nine Read more…

2008

15 years ago

The classic car auction held at The Centaur Complex at Cheltenham Racecourse, grossed in excess of £1,500,000 Read more…

2008

15 years ago

Production of the all-new Ford Kuga, Ford of Europe’s first entry into the highly competitive crossover market began at the Ford plant in Saarlouis, Germany Read more…

2009

14 years ago

The record for the longest distance covered by a car driven on its side on two wheels of 371 Read more…

2009

14 years ago

General Motors reported a $9 Read more…

2009

14 years ago

Formula 1 drivers agreed to pay the hike in their superlicense fee, after threatening to go on strike at the height of their protest Read more…

2017

6 years ago

Chase Elliott started the Daytona 500 from the pole for the second year in a row Read more…

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