February 6th


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1903

119 years ago

Sir David Barbour Read more…

1904

118 years ago

The Chicago Motor Show opened at the Coliseum Read more…

1911

111 years ago

Rolls Royce appalled by mascots on owners cars, commissioned the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ statuette Read more…

1911

111 years ago

Rolls-Royce’s “Spirit of Ecstasy” mascot was registered as a trademark Read more…

1951

71 years ago

The second series Kaiser Dragon was introduced Read more…

1952

70 years ago

NASCAR distributed over $40,000 in points money at the annual Victory Dinner at the Princess Issena Hotel in Daytona Beach Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The stylish gull-wing door Mercedes 300SL coupe was shown to the public Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Herb Thomas won a hard fought 100-mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt Palm Beach Speedway Read more…

1958

64 years ago

The Sunbeam Rapier Series II was announced, available in hardtop and convertible forms Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Bruce McLaren drove a Cooper-Climax to victory in the Argentine Grand Prix at Buenos Aires Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Jerry Richert won the Florida State Fair IMCA Sprint Car race in Tampa, Florida (US) Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Britain and France agreed to build a Channel tunnel Read more…

1966

56 years ago

The first Daytona 24 Hour event was won by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby driving a Ford Mk Read more…

1971

51 years ago

Iggy Katona won the ARCA 300-mile Stock Car race at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida (US) Read more…

1972

50 years ago

Reliability concerns for the 3 liter cars led to the Daytona 24 Hours being replaced by a 6 hour event Read more…

1972

50 years ago

Graham McRae drove his McRae GM1-Chevrolet to victory the Tasman Cup race on the 2 Read more…

1974

48 years ago

The speed limit in the Netherlands was reduced to 100 km/hr due to oil crisis Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Jensen, the luxury car maker, made 700 workers redundant – cutting its workforce by two thirds Read more…

1977

45 years ago

The Porsche Carrera RSR of John Graves/Hurley Haywood/Dave Helmick won the Daytona 24 Hours Sports Car race at Daytona International Speedway Read more…

1981

41 years ago

The political battle between the sport’s governing body FISA and the Formula One Constructors’ Association (FOCA) came to a head when FOCA held a non-championship race in Kyalami and threatened to create a breakaway series Read more…

1985

37 years ago

Walter L Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Willard “Bill” Cantrell (71), the “Silver Fox” because of his gray hair and the sly tricks he used to win races, died Read more…

1986

36 years ago

The Conservative government in the UK dropped plans to sell Austin Rover to Ford after considerable post-Westland back bench pressure Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Frankie Kerr won the American Midget Racing feature race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, Florida, US Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Rock star Billy Idol suffered serious injuries when he failed to pull up at a stop sign and crashed his Harley-Davidson motorbike into a car in Hollywood Read more…

1993

29 years ago

The 1993 Chicago Motor Show opened to the public Read more…

1995

27 years ago

The Ferrari 412 T2 was introduced by Chairman Luca di Montezemolo Read more…

1998

24 years ago

Falco Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Mike Dunn set a NHRA Top Fuel 1/4 mile ET record of 4 Read more…

2000

22 years ago

In the Rolex 24 at Daytona, a surprise win for the ORECA, French-based Dodge Viper team who started 21st Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Edo Ronchi Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Midget and sportscar racer Phil Walters, AKA Ted Tappett, died at age 84 in Florida, US Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Niki Lauda was appointed CEO of Ford’s premier performance division Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Felipe Massa was named as a Ferrari’s test driver after being replaced at Sauber by Heinz-Harald Frentzen Read more…

2003

19 years ago

MG Rover entered the commercial vehicle sector Read more…

2004

18 years ago

On the cover of the official 2004 Chicago Auto Show program were the door-prize Lexus SC 430 convertible and the Acura TL four-door sedan during the First Look for Charity evening event Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Henry George (Harry) Webster, CBE was a British automotive engineer who inspired the creation of iconic Triumph cars throughout the 1950s and 1960s died aged 89 Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Tony Rolt, the last surviving driver from the very first F1 race in 1950, died in Warwickshire (England) aged 89 Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The Honda Insight, billed as “the world’s first affordable hybrid,” went on sale in Japan Read more…

2018

4 years ago

In the Philippines bulldozers and backhoes pounded more than two dozen seized luxury cars, including Porsches, Mercedes, Jaguars and Corvettes, in a dramatic demolition showcasing the no-nonsense leader’s crackdown on crime and corruption Read more…

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