January 27th


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1899

124 years ago

Frenchman Camille Jenatzy captured the land-speed record (49 Read more…

1904

119 years ago

William K Vanderbilt Jr Read more…

1923

100 years ago

Ford Italiana Spa was established, with an assembly plant in Trieste Read more…

1934

89 years ago

The DeSoto Airflow and Chrysler Airflow caused a sensation on the opening day of the 1934 Chicago Auto Show Read more…

1936

87 years ago

Production of the Cord 810 began Read more…

1951

72 years ago

The 1951 DeSotos were introduced to the US public Read more…

1952

71 years ago

Troy Ruttman won the AAA big-car sprint race at Bay Meadows’ one-mile dirt track Read more…

1965

58 years ago

The new Shelby Ford Mustang GT350R was introduced to the press at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California, US Read more…

1966

57 years ago

Groundbreaking ceremonies are held in Indianapolis for the factory of the new Duesenberg Corporation Read more…

1968

55 years ago

In Invercargill, New Zealand, native son Bruce McLaren drove his BRM V12 to an unexpected win in the “Teretonga International”, round 4 of the Tasman series Read more…

1973

50 years ago

The Highveld 100 held at Kyalami, was won by Dave Charlton drivig a Lotus-Cosworth 72D Read more…

1974

49 years ago

The F1 circus once again returned to Brazil, but the start of the race was delayed because the circuit had to be swept clean of broken glass, caused by over exuberant parties by the fans Read more…

1980

43 years ago

Rene Arnoux claimed his first race win at the Brazilian Grand Prix but it was his Renault team-mate Jean-Pierre Jabouille who set the early pace, taking the lead on the second lap and staying at the front until mechanical troubles forced him to retire Read more…

1994

29 years ago

Production of the Ford Windstar began at Oakville (Ontario) Assembly Plant Read more…

1995

28 years ago

Buzz Calkins won the Indy 200, the first Indy Racing League race ever run, at Disney World near Orlando, Florida Read more…

1997

26 years ago

ITV announced they had signed veteran commentator Murray Walker to front their coverage after securing the rights for F1 from the BBC Read more…

1998

25 years ago

Ford reported record $6 Read more…

2000

23 years ago

Lawyer F Read more…

2001

22 years ago

Andrey Knyazev, a Russian diplomat in Canada killed a Canadian woman while drinking and driving Read more…

2002

21 years ago

John James (87), British racing driver died in Malta Read more…

2006

17 years ago

Three famous number plates from the Mini Coopers used in cult film The Italian Job were sold for £19,800 at auction Read more…

2006

17 years ago

A speeding motorcyclist, clocked at 146 mph on the M5 during the morning rush hour, was banned from driving for six months, fined £270 and ordered to pay £35 costs at North Avon Magistrates Read more…

2007

16 years ago

Timothy Brady (33), of Harrow, north-west London, was clocked at 172 mph in a Porsche 911 Turbo in a 70-mph zone on the A420 in Oxfordshire, becoming the fastest driver ever caught in a routine speed check in the UK Read more…

2009

14 years ago

The FIA ditched a controversial rule that led to drivers being penalised for pitting during the early stages of the safety car being deployed in a race Read more…

2009

14 years ago

Road Chef, the Watford Gap UK Motorway services operator, paid £1,000 at an auction for a collection of celebrity signatures, which were collected by former employee, Beatrice England Read more…

2009

14 years ago

Lord Mandelson, business secretary to Britain’s PM Gordon Brown, announced loan guarantees of up to £2 Read more…

2013

10 years ago

The fastest motorcycle wheelie on ice of 174 Read more…

2016

7 years ago

DMC announced that it would build 300 DMC-12 cars in late 2016 and “new” DMC-12s in early 2017, each projected to cost just under $100,000 Read more…

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