July 12th


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1895

127 years ago

Hon Read more…

1904

118 years ago

Now billed as one of the oldest motorsports events in the United States, the Mount Washington – Climb to the Clouds – was first run, seven years before the first 500-mile race at the Brickyard in Indianapolis and 12 years prior to the inaugural Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado Read more…

1906

116 years ago

The third Gilden Tour began in Buffalo, New York with a side trip into Quebec, Canada enroute to Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, US Read more…

1909

113 years ago

The sixth Glidden Tour began in Detroit, Michigan with a planned route to Kansas City, Missouri, US Read more…

1910

112 years ago

Charles Steward Rolls (32), pioneer aviator and co-founder of Rolls Royce, was killed when the tail of his plane snapped off in mid-air during a flying exhibition in Bournemouth, England Read more…

1913

109 years ago

The buildup to the Grand Prix de l’Automobile Club de France and the race itself were marred by three fatal crashes Read more…

1916

106 years ago

Mr and Mrs William Warwick and 4 year old daughter Daisy began the first long haul truck run Read more…

1922

100 years ago

Baron von Tuna drove a Mercedes 6/25/40, the first supercharged production car to be raced in a hillclimb, to second place in a hillclimb in the Black Forest of Germany Read more…

1924

98 years ago

Ernest A Read more…

1925

97 years ago

The first veteran car rally was held, in Munich, Germany Read more…

1933

89 years ago

The first three-wheeled, multi-directional Dymaxion concept car, designed by Buckminster Fuller, was completed Read more…

1943

79 years ago

Plans were unveiled for London that included a ring road around the city Read more…

1958

64 years ago

The Studebaker-Packard Corporation announced that 1959 production would consist only of Studebakers Read more…

1966

56 years ago

British Transport Minister Barbara Castle stated that the 70 mph speed limit was to stay Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Bobby Allison cruised from the pole position to score his first victory in NASCAR’s top series, leading 238 of 300 laps at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine (US) Read more…

1969

53 years ago

The Trenton Speedway, New Jersey, US staged its first event, the Northern 300 NASCAR race, which was won by David Pearson in a Ford Read more…

1970

52 years ago

The Chaparral 2J ‘sucker car’ with vacuum assisted road holding features made its racing debut in the Cam-Am Challenge race in Watkins Glen, New York, but driver Jackie Stewart retired with minor mechanical problems Read more…

1977

45 years ago

Mr John Horam MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, officially opened the Coventry and Leicester sections of the M69 Read more…

1982

40 years ago

The last of the distinctive-looking Checker taxicabs rolled off the assembly line in Kalamazoo, Minnesota Read more…

1987

35 years ago

Nigel Mansell squeezed every last drop out of his Williams, overtaking team-mate Nelson Piquet three laps from the end of the British Grand Prix before running out of fuel on his lap of honour Read more…

1992

30 years ago

At the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Nigel Mansell scored his 28th Formula One win, putting himself third on the all-time Formula One win list Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Walter Hassan (91) OBE, British automobile engineer Read more…

1998

24 years ago

Alex Zanardi, driving a Reynard-Honda, won the CART race at the Burke Lake Front Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, US Read more…

1998

24 years ago

A soggy British Grand Prix was marred by dismal stewarding which enabled Michael Schumacher to take the win after a penalty was issued by them so late on that Ferrari were able to bring him into the pits on the final lap, meaning he won the race in the pit lane and before he technically served the stop-start punishment Read more…

1998

24 years ago

The largest number of Triumph motorcycles in a single parade, 313, for the “Rally of the Tigers” was established at Chislehurst, Kent, England Read more…

2001

21 years ago

The Reliant Robin BN-1 was officially launched Read more…

2001

21 years ago

The decision to make Toyota Aygo was made when the presidents of Toyota and PSA Group, Fujio Cho and Jean-Martin Folz respectively, decided to produce a small car to share development costs Read more…

2005

17 years ago

A Saudi newspaper reported that a woman had defied the country’s ban on female drivers to save her husband after he collapsed at the wheel Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Mark Webber’s maiden Formula 1 win came at the German Grand Prix and despite a drive-through penalty when he clipped Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn on the first corner Read more…

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