January 12th


On this day in…

1822

201 years ago

Belgian engineer Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir was born in Mussy-la-Ville (then in Luxembourg, part of the Belgian Province of Luxembourg since 1839) Read more…

1900

123 years ago

The Detroit Automobile Company finished its first commercial vehicle, a delivery wagon Read more…

1904

119 years ago

Henry Ford established a new world land-speed record of 91.37 mph on the winter ice of Lake St Clair, Michigan in a 4-cylinder, 15.7-litre, 72-bhp Ford 999 Arrow he built himself. Read more…

1912

111 years ago

The Mason Automobile Company was reorganised with Edward R Read more…

1921

102 years ago

Durant Motors Inc Read more…

1922

101 years ago

The last Scripps-Booth was produced Read more…

1923

100 years ago

The 7,000,000th Ford Model T was produced Read more…

1934

89 years ago

Hans Stuck gave the Auto Union “P-Wagen” Grand Prix car its first official test runs on the Avus Circuit in Germany Read more…

1936

87 years ago

Al Gordon beat Rex Mays in the Oakland 150 AAA National Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Oakland Speedway, Oakland California, US Read more…

1953

70 years ago

Just days before the launch of the Corvette the General Motors management team informed the styling team that the front emblem and the horn button containing the likeness of the American flag had to be replaced, after discovering it was illegal in the US to have stars and stripes in an automobile emblem Read more…

1957

66 years ago

British driver Ken Wharton (40), who drove 16 grands prix, was killed while testing a Ferrari Monza at the Ardmore Circuit in Auckland New Zealand Read more…

1963

60 years ago

Ronnie Duman won the 50 lap USAC Midget race at the Chicago Ampitheater, Chicago, Illinois, US Read more…

1970

53 years ago

George Brough (79), motorcycle racer, world record holding motorcycle and automobile manufacturer, and showman, died Read more…

1973

50 years ago

Clifton R Wharton Jr became the first black man to be elected to the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors Read more…

1975

48 years ago

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Minnesota Vikings (16-6) in the Superbowl in New Orleans Read more…

1975

48 years ago

The Fittipaldi brothers created Formula 1 history as Emerson won the opening round of the 1975 season in Argentina as reigning World Champion for McLaren and Wilson debuted the family clan’s own Formula 1 team in the self-built Copersucar FD01 Read more…

1986

37 years ago

American singer Luther Vandross was injured and his passenger killed, when his Mercedes-Benz went out of control and crashed on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles, California Read more…

1988

35 years ago

Pierino ‘Piero’ Taruffi (81) racing driver from Italy, and also the father of lady racer Prisca Taruffi, died Read more…

1998

25 years ago

Four time British Rally champion Roger Clark died in Leicestershire, England, at the age of 58, after suffering a stroke Read more…

2000

23 years ago

Professional basketball player Bobby Phills (30) of the Charlotte Hornets was killed in a three-car accident after leaving morning practice at the Charlotte Coliseum Read more…

2001

22 years ago

Ford Transit was named “International Van of the Year 2001” Read more…

2005

18 years ago

Around 200 vehicles crashed on Interstate 96 in Ingham County, Michigan, US in dense fog, leaving 2 dead and 35 injured Read more…

2005

18 years ago

The Highway Agency issued a new policy, Interim Advice Note 60/05, recommending the use of concrete central barriers in order to reduce the risk of crossover incidents on central reservations of motorways, with high traffic levels Read more…

2005

18 years ago

The British Automobile Racing Club Limited (BARC) purchased Mallory Park (Motorsport) Ltd, the company that arranged motor sport at the Mallory Park circuit, thereby effectively taking control of all activities at the Leicestershire circuit. Read more…

2006

17 years ago

After three years in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Toyota announced it would field Camrys in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition in 2007 Read more…

2006

17 years ago

The Ferrari F430 Challenge made its UK debut at Autosport International in Birmingham Read more…

2007

16 years ago

Two buses collided near the border between Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, killing 22 hajj pilgrims Read more…

2011

12 years ago

Donnie Ray Crawford won the second night (Wednesday) qualifying feature of the 25th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, Tulsa, Oklahoma, US Read more…

2012

11 years ago

At the 2012 Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle Auction a rarely seen Indian Scout “Junior” sold for $11,424 Read more…

2013

10 years ago

The 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow used by Freddie Mercury until his death in November 1991, sold at auction for £74,000 to a Russian businessman Read more…

365 Days Of Motoring

Recent Posts

Categories

Disclaimer

I We have no wish to abuse copyright regulations and we apologise unreservedly if this occurs. If you own any of the material published please get in touch.