July 11th


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1847

175 years ago

Georg Lankensperger (67), the German wheelwright who invented the steering mechanism that is today known as Ackermann steering geometry, died He patented the invention in Germany, but his agent Rudolph Ackermann filed for the patent in the U Read more…

1898

124 years ago

Thomas Cook & Son and the Compagnie d’Automobiles began the first six-day bus excursion, leaving Paris in a DeDion et Bouton steam-powered omnibus and reaching Aix-le-Bains on schedule – although successful, the firms decided against additional trips Read more…

1899

123 years ago

Giovanni Agnelli purchased the Welleyes prototype, the patents held by Giovanni Battista Ceirano and the services of Artistide Faccioli, leading to the founding of the Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (Fiat) Read more…

1904

118 years ago

The first Rover prototype, the ‘8’ was announced Read more…

1905

117 years ago

The second Glidden Tour began in New York City with a planned route through Hartford, Boston and Plymouth, N Read more…

1907

115 years ago

Texas required the registration of all automobiles with county clerks Read more…

1913

109 years ago

The tenth Gilden Tour began in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a planned route to Glacier National Park, Montana, US Read more…

1916

106 years ago

After being the first sitting President to visit an automobile factory, U Read more…

1923

99 years ago

The 8,000,000th Ford Model T was produced Read more…

1925

97 years ago

The Laurel Board Speedway, Maryland, US, staged its first event, a 250 mile race that was won by Peter DePaolo driving a Miller, with an average speed of 126 mph, edging his rival Robert McDonough Read more…

1926

96 years ago

The first German Grand Prix was held at the AVUS track in Berlin Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The London Life Assurance Co applied for a receiver for Bentley Motors, as Woolf Barnate, the principle investor and Chairman had refused to meet mortgages totally £65,000 Read more…

1931

91 years ago

Dick Seaman and Whitney Straight both made their debut in speed events at the same Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb in Worcestershire Read more…

1937

85 years ago

Rudolf Hasse driving an Auto Union Typ C won the Belgian Grand Prix held at Spa-Francorchamps Read more…

1938

84 years ago

Thomas M Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Two unique stainless steel 1960 Ford Thunderbirds were completed at the Ford Motor Company factory in Wixom, Michigan, US in collaboration with the Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation and The Budd Company Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Jim Clark won the first British Grand Prix staged at Brands Hatch following the sale of the famous Aintree course for his third successive win at the event Read more…

1966

56 years ago

British Motor Corporation (BMC) and Jaguar announced they were to merge as British Motor Holdings Read more…

1970

52 years ago

Santa Pod Raceway, Northamptonshire, England held its first International meeting with “the top Swedish dragster and funny car in attendance” Read more…

1971

51 years ago

Pedro Rodriguez (31) died Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Oldsmobile produced its ‘last’ convertible, a red Delta 88 Royale Read more…

1984

38 years ago

The US government announced that cars produced after 1 April 1989 would be required to have driver-side airbags or automatic seat belts Read more…

1993

29 years ago

Alain Prost secured his 50th grand prix win at Silverstone, aided by early leader Damon Hill’s engine blowing up and Ayrton Senna’s McLaren dying on the last lap Read more…

1993

29 years ago

Rusty Wallace edged Mark Martin to win the first race in NASCAR’s premier series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (US) Read more…

1997

25 years ago

The first Mercedes M-Class, the pioneer among premium SUVs, rolled off the production line Read more…

1998

24 years ago

The world’s fastest fire truck is the jet-powered Hawaiian Eagle, owned by Shannen Seydel, of Navarre, Florida, USA, which attained the speed of 655 km/h (407 mph) in Ontario, Canada Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Jacques Villeneuve and Alessandro Zanardi both stalled on the grid causing a restart at the British Grand Prix Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Ford chosen this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the highlights of the motoring calendar, to mark its centenary, with the company’s biggest birthday celebration outside the US Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari F2004 won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Several hundred Rover cars spanning 100 years met at Ragley Hall, near Stratford-upon-Avon, to celebrate the marque’s centenary Read more…

2006

16 years ago

At the British Grand Prix Fernando Alonso became the first Spanish driver and the youngest driver (24 years, 10 months, 13 days) to get the Hat Trick (pole position, winning and fastest lap in same Grand Prix) Read more…

2010

12 years ago

Fernando Alonso won the British Grand Prix for Ferrari Read more…

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