January 17th


On this day in…

1899

124 years ago

Camille Jenatzy captured the land speed record in an electric car of his own design: 41.425mph at Acheres Park, France Read more…

1903

120 years ago

The third annual National Automobile Show (the first since 1900) opened in Madison Square Garden in New York City Read more…

1908

115 years ago

The Harrison Wagon Works of Grand Rapids, Michigan, manufacturers of the Harrison that was equipped with an unsuccessful attempt at the first self-starter, was declared bankrupt Read more…

1920

103 years ago

The Motor Wheel Corporation was incorporated in Michigan, US Read more…

1921

102 years ago

The first United States-built Rolls Royce was completed Read more…

1922

101 years ago

George Selden (78), patent lawyer and inventor who was granted a U Read more…

1930

93 years ago

Australian Norman ‘Wizard’ Smith in his 20-litre Anzac averaged 148 Read more…

1945

78 years ago

Renault was nationalised by the French government as a result of the alleged Nazi-collaboration of Louis Renault Read more…

1948

75 years ago

The Juan Perón & Buenos Aires Grand Prix held at Palermo Park was won by Luigi Villoresi driving a Maserati 4CL Read more…

1949

74 years ago

The first Volkswagen Beetle, designed by Ferdinand Porsche at the request of Adolf Hitler, arrived in the US from Germany Read more…

1953

70 years ago

The prototype Chevrolet Corvette “Dream Car” was introduced at General Motors’ (GM) Motorama auto show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City Read more…

1953

70 years ago

The deadliest Grand Prix that ever took place, the Grand Prix of Argentina, was held on the Buenos Aires circuit Read more…

1954

69 years ago

The Maserati 250F recorded its first racing victory as Juan Manuel Fangio won the Argentine Grand Prix in Buenos Aires – Giuseppe Farina, who finished second in a Ferrari 625, qualified for the pole position, at age 47 years, 80 days the oldest driver to accomplish this feat in a Formula 1 championship race Read more…

1955

68 years ago

Coachbuilder Walter O Briggs (74), Chairman of the Briggs Manufacturing Company and owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball team, died in Miami Beach, US Read more…

1955

68 years ago

The 1955 Packards were introduced to the US public, featuring the marque’s first V-8 engines and new Torsion-Level suspension Read more…

1956

67 years ago

Sale of Ford common stock began Read more…

1959

64 years ago

Cooper-Climax drivers Bruce McLaren and Syd Jensen battled out the Hudson Trophy race at Levin, New Zealnad, with the older man winning after his rival went off with a sticking throttle Read more…

1959

64 years ago

A number of firsts marked the opening of the 51st Chicago Auto Show, including Toyota’s inaugural Chicago appearance and introductions of the Rambler American, the Pontiac Wide-Track Bonneville and the Renault Caravelle (promoted by entertainer Sammy Davis Jr) Read more…

1963

60 years ago

The three hour sports car race at Daytona, Florida, USA, was won by Pedro Rodriguez at the wheel of a Ferrari 250 GTO Read more…

1964

59 years ago

The first Porsche Carrera GTS, a lasting favorite in the world of luxury sports cars was delivered to a Los Angeles customer Read more…

1964

59 years ago

The Monte Carlo Rally started Read more…

1965

58 years ago

The 1965 NASCAR Grand National season got underway at the Riverside Raceway in California Read more…

1967

56 years ago

Technology Minister, Tony Wedgewood-Benn stated in the House of Commons that the US car manufacturer Chrysler would be allowed to take-over the Rootes Group Read more…

1968

55 years ago

British Motor Corporation and Leyland announced that they would merge to form the British Leyland Corporation Read more…

1968

55 years ago

Ford officially unveiled ‘The new Escort: the small car that isn’t’ Read more…

1970

53 years ago

Billy Stewart (32), an American musical artist, with a highly distinctive scat-singing style, who enjoyed popularity in the 1960s, died in a car accident Read more…

1976

47 years ago

Round 1 of the World Rally Championship began with the first stage of the 44th Monte Carlo Rally (23 stages, 530km) Read more…

1981

42 years ago

In light of new guidelines requiring the use of downsized cars (110-inch wheelbase vs Read more…

1985

38 years ago

Emilio Scotto of Argentina (30), quit his job, jumped on his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, affectionately named “the black princess”, and with $300 in hand, he headed down the street Read more…

1989

34 years ago

51 died and 110 were injured when a bus collided with a train at a level crossing 45 miles south of Columbo, Sri Lanka Read more…

1991

32 years ago

A Citroën ZX Rallye-Raid driven by Ari Vatanen won the 13th Paris-Tripoli-Dakar Rally (9,186 km) Read more…

1994

29 years ago

Andrew Craig was hired as President and CEO of CART Read more…

1995

28 years ago

What seemed at the time to be the end of an era as Lotus announced it was withdrawing from F1 because of chronic financial problems Read more…

1997

26 years ago

A drunk driver killed University of California Davis All-American track and field athlete Jill Peckler, her father, and her brother Read more…

1998

25 years ago

A section of Memphis’ Highway 51 South was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard Read more…

1999

24 years ago

The French car producer Renault acquired a 20% interest in the Japanese Nissan Motor Co Read more…

1999

24 years ago

Round 1 of the World Rally Championship began with the 44th Monte Carlo Rally (23 stages, 530km), which won by Tommi Makinen and Risto Mannisenmaki in a Mitsubishi Read more…

2001

22 years ago

Retired Admiral John B Read more…

2001

22 years ago

Jaguar was the first team to unveil its new car ahead of the F1 season and eight days later became the first to crash it when Eddie Irvine went off the circuit in Valencia at about 140mph, wrecking the front end on the tyre barrier after skating across the gravel trap Read more…

2005

18 years ago

The Bentley Arnage Convertible, also known as the Arnage Drophead Coupé, was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show.”We knew that the Drophead Coupe would create quite a stir,” said Bentley chairman Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, “because it is the most sensationally beautiful convertible with strikingly contemporary lines and an unashamed luxurious interior.” The Arnage Drophead Coupe was the fourth new model to go on sale in just four years at Bentley, reflecting the incredible success of the brand since becoming part of the Volkswagen Group in 1998 Read more…

2008

15 years ago

Former Pittsburgh Steeler defensive tackle Ernie Holmes (59) died in a one-car accident Read more…

2018

5 years ago

A British-born former land-speed record-holder, Charles Burnett III (61), died in a helicopter crash in the US state of New Mexico Read more…

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