February 5th


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1752

270 years ago

Driving on the right was introduced in Russia by the decree of Empress Elisaveta Petrovna Read more…

1903

119 years ago

The Packard board approved the design and manufacture of the Model N, a low priced 1-cylinder car to compete with the Oldsmobile ‘Curved Dash’ Read more…

1914

108 years ago

F Read more…

1918

104 years ago

Thomas A. Edison Read more…

1919

103 years ago

The first Voisin automobile was completed and test driven by Gabriel Voisin Read more…

1931

91 years ago

Captain Malcolm Campbell established a new World Land Speed Record of 246 Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Harold Kite drove a 1949 Lincoln to victory in the 200-mile NASCAR Grand National race on the Daytona beach and road course Read more…

1952

70 years ago

The first automatic “Don’t Walk” signs were installed in New York City, at 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square Read more…

1953

69 years ago

Weldon C Kocick Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Swedish born Carl Eric Wickman, the founder of the Greyhound Lines, Inc Read more…

1958

64 years ago

It was announced that Mayfair in London would be the first place in Great Britain to have parking meters Read more…

1961

61 years ago

Automatic level railway crossing Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The Daytona 24 Hour Race was won by Danny Chris Amon and Lorenzo Bandini in a Ferrari P4 Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Ford guaranteed that everyone of their dealers would have at least one Capri on the forecourt by this day Read more…

1970

52 years ago

AMC acquired Kaiser-Jeep Corporation Read more…

1974

48 years ago

The maximum speed on German Autobahns was reduced Read more…

1976

46 years ago

Mrs Maude Tull Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Rolf Stommelen, Toine Hezemans and Peter Gregg teamed to win the Daytona 24 Hours Sports Car race, round 1 of the 1978 World Championship for Makes Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Sammy Swindell won the 50-lap James McElreath Memorial race on the heavily oiled 1/2 mile Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, Florida, US Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Doug Wolfgang won the 50-lap Southern Sprint Car Nationals afternoon race at the East Bay Speedway, Gibsonton, Florida (US) Read more…

1982

40 years ago

Lee Shepherd became the first man to drive an NHRA Pro Stock car faster than 170 mph over the 1/4-mile when he achieved 174 Read more…

1989

33 years ago

Derek Bell, Bob Wolleck, and John Andretti drove a Jim Busby entered Porsche 962 to victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona, beating the second place Jaguar of Price Cobb, John Nielson, Jan Lammers, and Andy Wallace by only 90 seconds Read more…

1994

28 years ago

At the 1994 Chicago Auto Show, Buick used a product presentation theatre to promote the new 1995 Riviera Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Jurgen Lassig, Christophe Bouchut, Giovanni Lavaggi, and Marco Werner drove a Porsche Spyder K8 to victory in the 24-Hours of Daytona Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Frank Costin Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Mike Skinner won the first ever NASCAR Supertruck race, at Phoenix, Arizona, US Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Mike Skinner won the Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic, the first race of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Read more…

1996

26 years ago

General Motors launched their official WWW page (www Read more…

1998

24 years ago

Tim Kelly (34), guitarist for the Slaughter band, died from injuries sustained when an 18-wheeler jackknifed and collided with his car on State Route 96 in Arizona Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Flavio Braitore revealed that Fernando Alonso would make his F1 debut with Minardi Read more…

2004

18 years ago

XK-RS concept car Read more…

2005

17 years ago

A special Rolls-Royce Phantom was bought at a charity auction in the USA for $800,000 – more than double the normal price Read more…

2005

17 years ago

KZ1R Read more…

2008

14 years ago

The official Elvis Presley Tennessee license plate was unveiled at a ceremony at Graceland Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Stevie Smith, driving the Zemco #1, won the O’Reilly Auto Parts All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race at the Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Florida, US Read more…

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