January 4th


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1898

125 years ago

Societe A Darracq was founded in Suresnes, Franceby Alexandre Darracq Read more…

1917

106 years ago

Construction began of the massive Ford Rouge car-manufacturing facility on the banks of the Rouge River in Dearborn, Michigan Read more…

1920

103 years ago

Otto Walker, riding a Harley-Davidson, won the 100-mile motorcycle race at Ascot Park in Los Angeles, California, US Read more…

1921

102 years ago

Mack Brothers Company registered the ‘MACK’ bulldog trademark Read more…

1930

93 years ago

Cadillac introduced its first V-16-powered car at the New York Auto Show, less than three months after the stock market crash Read more…

1937

86 years ago

Nash Motors merged with Kelvinator Corporation, manufacturer of high-end refrigerators and kitchen appliances Read more…

1944

79 years ago

Charles Jarrott OBE (66), England’s first successful racing motorist died Read more…

1944

79 years ago

David W Read more…

1955

68 years ago

The 1955 Packard’s were introduced to the public Read more…

1958

65 years ago

At an admission price of 90 cents, visitors on the opening day of the 50th Chicago Auto Show were able to view more than 470 vehicles at the International Amphitheatre Read more…

1960

63 years ago

Albert Camus (46), French-Algerian existential novelist and dramatist author and philosopher who won the Nobel prize in 1957, died in a car crash near Sens, France Read more…

1964

59 years ago

The Cape South Easter Grand Prix at Killarney, South Africa was won by John Love, driving a Cooper-Climax T55 Read more…

1967

56 years ago

Britain’s Donald Campbell, who broke eight world speed records in the 1950s and 1960s, tragically died at the age of 55 after his jet-powered Bluebird leapt into the air, somersaulted and plunged into Coniston Water in the Lake District in Cumbria Read more…

1970

53 years ago

The Who’s drummer Keith Moon ran over and accidentally killed Neil Boland, his chauffeur and bodyguard, whilst trying to escape from a gang of skinheads after a fight broke out at a pub in Hatfield, England Read more…

1971

52 years ago

Organisers of the Mexican Grand Prix paid for the chaotic scenes at the previous year’s race after the GP was stripped of its inclusion in the world championship Read more…

1975

48 years ago

Fire destroyed the TVR engineering Ltd factory, in Blackpool, England Read more…

1980

43 years ago

Dodge Main, the huge Hamtramck, Michigan factory designed by Albert Kahn in 1910, closed after nearly 70 years of use Read more…

1987

36 years ago

Tom Bigelow won the indoor 100-lap USAC Midget race at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana, US Read more…

1990

33 years ago

The Lincoln Town Car was named Car of the Year by the US magazine, Motor Trend Read more…

1991

32 years ago

Sprint car ace also known as ‘Hungry’ Clark (88), died Read more…

1996

27 years ago

General Motors announced that it would release an electric car, the EV-1, in the autumn Read more…

2000

23 years ago

The touch-screen driving theory test was introduced in Britain, replacing a written theory test. Read more…

2001

22 years ago

Bentley Motors announced its new flagship car, a sumptuously appointed sporting saloon without equal, the Bentley Arnage RL by Mulliner Read more…

2001

22 years ago

Ever on the lookout for yet another novel new way to promote his interests, Eddie Jordan announced that Jordan were entering the Honda Formula 4-stroke power boat race series Read more…

2004

19 years ago

World premier of the elegant 165 mph Aston Martin DB9 Volante at the 2004 Detroit Motor Show Read more…

2006

17 years ago

China ordered local governments to lift all restrictions on small cars by the end of March in an effort to encourage energy conservation Read more…

2007

16 years ago

A bus plunged into the Chenab River in Doda District, Jammu and Kashmir, India, killing 12 and injuring 35 Read more…

2008

15 years ago

The Dakar Rally was cancelled due to safety concerns in Mauritania, following the killing of four French tourists there on Christmas Eve, December 2007 Read more…

2008

15 years ago

Vyacheslav Miranovich Ambartsumyan (67), former Soviet internbational footballer died after being hit by a car Read more…

2008

15 years ago

A woman was banned from driving for seven days after she drove along a motorway at speeds lower than 10mph Read more…

2008

15 years ago

The end of the dream for Yu Zhifei, the man who was instrumental in bringing F1 to China, as he was jailed for four years as a result of his involvement in a Shanghai corruption scandal Read more…

2008

15 years ago

Former Ferrari team principal Jean Todt announced that Michael Schumacher had turned down the chance to take over as team manager Read more…

2010

13 years ago

Glen Saville won the Scott Darley Memorial Sprint Car race at the Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway, Sydney, Australia Read more…

2012

11 years ago

US car giant Ford said it was opening a new dealership in India every 10 days to feed demand in a market it expected to be the third-biggest worldwide by the end of the decade Read more…

2012

11 years ago

Citroën expanded its range with the C4 Aircross Read more…

2014

9 years ago

A Tesla Model S in Norway caught fire while charging at one of Tesla’s supercharger stations and was completely destroyed Read more…

2017

6 years ago

In Nevada (US) Faraday Future’s FF91 was unveiled during a press event for CES17 in las Vegas Read more…

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