January 8th


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1915

108 years ago

The Cadillac Motor Car Company’s two speed rear axle was ruled to be an infringement of patent rights held by Walter S Austin of the Austin Automobile Company in Michigan, with damages and costs awarded Read more…

1916

107 years ago

Rembrandt Bugatti (31), brother of race-car maker Ettore Bugatti, committed suicide Read more…

1927

96 years ago

The Little Marmon, later known as the Marmon Eight, was introduced in New York City Read more…

1944

79 years ago

William Kissam Vanderbilt II (65), a great patron of early US motoring racing who is said to have maintained a personal garage of more than 100 cars and 20 mechanics, died in New York City Read more…

1950

73 years ago

Luigi Villoresi driving a Ferrari 166 won the Eva Duarte Perón Grand Prix at Palermo Park Read more…

1956

67 years ago

The United States Auto Club (USAC) sanctioned it’s first race, a Midget race indoors on a 1/10 mile oval on the concrete floor of the Allen County Coliseum Ft Read more…

1958

65 years ago

John Duff (61), the only Canadian to win at Le Mans, who had been inducted in the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, died Read more…

1968

55 years ago

Advertising appeared on a Grand Prix car for the first time when Jim Clark put his John Player Gold Leaf Lotus 49 on pole for the non-championship New Zealand Grand Prix at Pukekohe. Read more…

1970

53 years ago

John J Riccardo was elected President of the Chrysler Corporation Read more…

1972

51 years ago

Nick Rescino won the 25-lap Bay Cities Racing Association indoor midget race at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds 1/10 mile paved oval in Santa Rosa, California, US Read more…

1972

51 years ago

Racer Bryon Faloon was killed during the New Zealand Grand Prix in Auckland, after an accident on the back straight with Graeme Lawrence in the closing laps of the race Read more…

1982

41 years ago

The Johnny Cash Parkway opened in Hendersonville Tennessee, US Read more…

1983

40 years ago

British Army Brigadier John Hemsley and his wife and Dr Lucy Hemsley, driving a Range Rover began their record-breaking journey from Capetown, South African to London Read more…

1989

34 years ago

A Boeing 737 airplane crashed into the M1 motorway near East Midlands airport, England at 20:26 GMT, killing 47 people Read more…

1990

33 years ago

Anton H Read more…

2001

22 years ago

The 2002 Ford Thunderbird debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with Ford announcing the start of public sale and a suggested retail price starting at US$35,495 Read more…

2001

22 years ago

Donna Bailey (43), paralyzed from a Ford Explorer rollover crash, settled her suit with Ford and Firestone for a total in the range of $20-35 million along with the disclosure of internal memos and reports on tire safety and rollover issues Read more…

2002

21 years ago

Louis Thomas Stanley died aged 92 Read more…

2002

21 years ago

Luxury car maker Bentley Motors unveiled its most powerful model to date at the Detroit Motor Show in the United States, the 168mph Arnage T, costing £166,500 car and capable of 0-60mph in 5 Read more…

2002

21 years ago

The Olympic Torch Relay came to the Indianapolis Speedway on the way to the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City Read more…

2006

17 years ago

Thirty-seven year old Michael Schumacher gave the first real indication he was about to bow out – for the first time Read more…

2009

14 years ago

Car manufacturer Nissan announced it was to axe about a quarter of the workforce at its Sunderland plant Read more…

2009

14 years ago

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo wrote off his £200k Ferrari 599 GTB when he crashed it into a barrier in a tunnel beneath the runways of Manchester Airport. Read more…

2009

14 years ago

Donington Park, located in Leicestershire, England announced that they had secured the planning permission necessary to bring the circuit up to the specification required by the FIA Read more…

2010

13 years ago

The China Passenger Car Association reported that China overtook the US as the biggest auto market in 2009 Read more…

2015

8 years ago

A British stunt driver set a new world record for parallel parking after spinning his Fiat 500 into a space that had just 7 Read more…

2015

8 years ago

At Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, held at the world famous Bally’s Hotel & Casino, a 1990 Honda “RC30”, frame no Read more…

2015

8 years ago

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fined Honda $70 million for failing to submit reports of fatal accidents and injuries to the government Read more…

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