February 8th


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1891

131 years ago

Frederick Simms, founder of the RAC and Daimler wrote a letter containing the first recorded use of the term “motor car” Read more…

1911

111 years ago

The American Motor Car Manufacturers Association (AMCMA) disbanded in Chicago, Illinois as pending legal actions against the Selden patent appeared to be heading toward an unsuccessful conclusion Read more…

1911

111 years ago

Charles F Kettering installed his reduced size starter-generator in a Cadillac and conducted the first successful tests on the system Read more…

1912

110 years ago

The US Army Road Test to prove the reliability of motor trucks began in Washington DC, US Read more…

1916

106 years ago

Charles F Kettering received the second of two patents for his Engine Starting, Lighting and Ignition System Read more…

1917

105 years ago

Glenn H Read more…

1936

86 years ago

William Durant, filed for personal bankruptcy Read more…

1939

83 years ago

Bill Cummins (34), winner of the 1934 Indianapolis 500 and holder of the land speed record for diesel-powered cars, died Read more…

1939

83 years ago

Rudolf Caracciola established two new D class standing start speed records; 1 km Standing Start: 175 Read more…

1942

80 years ago

Major General Fritz Todt (50), builder of the German Autobahns was killed in an air crash Read more…

1947

75 years ago

The 1947 Chevrolets were introduced Read more…

1956

66 years ago

AEC Routemaster double-decker bus Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The Iraqi National Oil Company was incorporated in Baghdad Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The stage revue was still a part of the 56th Chicago Auto Show, during which The Chicago Automobile Trade Association celebrated its 60th anniversary Read more…

1968

54 years ago

The 100,000th Triumph Spitfire, a Mk3, rolled off the production line Read more…

1968

54 years ago

British Motor Holdings Ltd and Leyland Motor Corporation Ltd merged to form the British Leyland Motor Corporation Ltd, which evolved into BLC plc Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Sleepy Tripp, in the Doug Caruthers # 2, won the USAC Midget feature at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana, US Read more…

1985

37 years ago

Englishman Sir William Lyons died in Wappenbury Hall, England at the age of 83 Read more…

1985

37 years ago

Englishman Sir William Lyons died in Wappenbury Hall, England at the age of 83 Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Not many Chicagoans had an opportunity to take a close look at an exotic Lamborghini Countach, except at the 1986 auto show Read more…

1989

33 years ago

Dean Billings won the All American Midget Series race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, Florida (US) Read more…

1993

29 years ago

General Motors sued NBC, alleging that the “Dateline NBC” program had rigged two car-truck crashes to show that 1973-1987 GM pickups were prone to fires in side impact crashes Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Sale of the Mercury Capri, made by Ford of Australia, was discontinued in North America Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Professional American Football linebacker Derrick Thomas (33) of the Kansas City Chiefs broke his neck and one of his friends, Michael Tellis (49), died after Thomas lost control of his Chevrolet Suburban while speeding on a snow-and-ice-covered stretch of Interstate 435 Read more…

2002

20 years ago

A coroner investigating the death of marshal Graham Beveridge at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix found that the accident could have been avoided Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Ferrari 575 M Maranello was unveiled, the evolutionary successor to the 550 Maranello Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Billed as the largest automobile exposition of its kind in North America, the 2002 Chicago Auto Show opened to the public, featuring a complete range of cars, trucks, SUVs, and experimental vehicles like the Dodge “big bang” M80 concept truck, and the “cutting edge” Razor dream car Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Proton Waja (Proton Impian in UK), the first car model designed internally by Proton, was launched Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The Belgian Grand Prix was dropped from 2006 calendar after organisers revealed improvements to the circuit would not be ready in time for the event Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Scion, a marque of vehicles produced by Toyota Motor Corporation founded in 2003, unveiled two models, the xB, based on the t2B concept, and the new xD, successor of the xA, at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show Read more…

2014

8 years ago

One of the most popular exhibits at the opening of the Chicago Auto Show was the new Bugatti Veyron 16 Read more…

2016

6 years ago

The Jeep brand celebrated its 75th anniversary during the Super Bowl 50 broadcast with two special commercials Read more…

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