January 10th


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1901

122 years ago

A 100-foot drilling derrick named at Spindletop near the town of Beaumont, Texas produced a roaring gusher of black crude oil – the first major oil discovery in the United States Read more…

1901

122 years ago

The Automobile Club of America installed signs on major highways Read more…

1905

118 years ago

Louis Delage established Automobiles Delage in Courbevoie, France, who borrowed Fr 35,000, giving up a salary of Fr 600 a month to do so Read more…

1911

112 years ago

The British organisations, the Automobile Association and Motor Union, officially amalgamated Read more…

1913

110 years ago

Ten White automobiles and trucks arrived in Libau, Russia (now Liepaja, Latvia), the first of about 4,000 to be purchased by the Czech government Read more…

1914

109 years ago

Lincoln Beachey in his Curtis biplane and racing driver Barney Oldfield in a Simplex car staged their first “Championship of the Universe” match in Everyville, California, US Read more…

1918

105 years ago

Charles F Kettering was elected President of the Society of Automotive Engineers Read more…

1922

101 years ago

Citroën unveiled its new compact brand vehicle, the 5HP, at the Paris Motor Show Read more…

1924

99 years ago

Citroën presented the B10, the first car with an all-steel body, replacing the combined wood and metal bodywork Read more…

1929

94 years ago

André Citroën opened the doors of the Quai de Javel factory to the public during the Paris Motor Show Read more…

1930

93 years ago

Henry A Nadig, who many historians consider to have produced the first gasoline-powered car in the US, died in Allentown, Pennsylvania, US Read more…

1934

89 years ago

The Nash reintroduced the LaFayette name, for a line of smaller, less expensive autos Read more…

1942

81 years ago

The Ford Motor Company signed an agreement to make Jeeps (GPWs) to meet the huge wartime demand by the US military Read more…

1958

65 years ago

The TVR Coupe made its first public appearance at H & J Quick Ltd showroom in Manchester, England: “The designers are Mr Read more…

1958

65 years ago

The Ford Motor Company announced plans to enter the heavy and extra-heavy truck field Read more…

1959

64 years ago

New Zealand Grand Prix at Ardmore was won by Stirling Moss from Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren all driving 2-litre Cooper-Climaxes Read more…

1967

56 years ago

The Pontiac Saint Moritz convertible show was unveiled at the Toledo Auto Show, Canada Read more…

1970

53 years ago

The 1970 New Zealand Grand Prix was a race held at the Pukekohe Park Raceway Read more…

1971

52 years ago

Herman Wise won the 50 lap Georgia-Florida Championship Supermodified race at the Golden Isles Speedway, Brunswick, Georgia, US Read more…

1971

52 years ago

Italian driver Ignazio Giunti died competing in the Buenos Aires 1000km race Read more…

1979

44 years ago

The last convertible Volkswagen Beetle was produced Read more…

1985

38 years ago

British entrepreneur Sir Clive Sinclair unveiled the Sinclair C5, his answer to Britain’s traffic problem Read more…

1996

27 years ago

As of this date, Albert Klein of Pasadena, California, held the world’s record for automobile mileage: his 1963 VW Beetle had accumulated 1,592,503 miles, and was still running Read more…

1997

26 years ago

Marlboro Team Penske’s driver Paul Tracy became the first driver to test on the new Auto Club Speedway, a two-mile (3 km), low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway in Fontana, California – which has hosted NASCAR racing annually since 1997 Read more…

2000

23 years ago

The Ford Focus was named the 2000 North American Car of the Year at North American International Auto Show in Detroit -the first Car of the Year winner in both Europe and North America Read more…

2003

20 years ago

It was reported that a woman clocked up £28,000 worth of parking fines in three years in Glasgow’s city centre Read more…

2004

19 years ago

Joey Payne won the Three Quarter Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall Read more…

2004

19 years ago

Just five weeks after opening, a short section of the M6 Toll road near Sutton Coldfield was reduced to one lane to allow for repairs to an uneven surface Read more…

2004

19 years ago

American Hot Rod, a reality television series, premiered on The Learning Channel Read more…

2005

18 years ago

Spanish motorcyclist José Manuel Pérez died in a Spanish hospital after crashing the week before on the 7th stage of the Dakar Rally Read more…

2007

16 years ago

A truck slammed into a bus on the highway between Arak and Malayer in Iran, killing 14 and seriously injuring 16 Read more…

2008

15 years ago

At the New Delhi Auto Expo in India, Tata Motors unveiled the Nano, billing it as the world’s cheapest car: The anticipated price tag was around $2,500 Read more…

2011

12 years ago

Italian auto giant Fiat said it had increased its stake in Chrysler to 25% from 20% as part of a deal signed after the iconic US brand emerged from bankruptcy in 2009 Read more…

2019

4 years ago

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed to pay California $78 Read more…

2020

3 years ago

Ford Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in the classic car chase from the movie “Bullitt,” was sold for $3.4 million at auction Read more…

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