July 14th


On this day in…

1900

122 years ago

Miss Wemblyn, driving a 6-hp Panhard et Levassor, won the special Ladies Race in Ranelagh – although for women only, this race is often cited as the first female racing victory in Great Britain Read more…

1903

119 years ago

British Parliament discussed new legislation to regulate motor vehicles and motorists Read more…

1908

114 years ago

The Rolls Royce ‘Silver Ghost’ was sold as a used car to a London, England taxicab company Read more…

1914

108 years ago

Howard C Marmon was issued with a US patent for his “Power Train Mounting for Automobiles”, a system incorporating a universal joint between the engine and the frame Read more…

1915

107 years ago

The Chevrolet Motor Company purchased the Mason Motor Company Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The Cord Corporation was issued a United State patent for its 1931 Auburn radiator shell design Read more…

1935

87 years ago

Rudolf Caracciola driving a Mercedes-Benz W25/35 won the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps Read more…

1943

79 years ago

General Motors announced plans to acquire the assets of the Yellow Truck & Coach Manufacturing Company Read more…

1946

76 years ago

Tazio Giorgio Nuvolari became the oldest Grand Prix winner (in pre-World Championship days) when he won the Albi Grand Prix at Albi, France, aged 53 years 240 days, driving a Maserati 4CL Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Tony Bonadies drove a Nash Ambassador to victory in the 400-lap NASCAR Short Track Grand National race at Lanham, Maryland, US Read more…

1951

71 years ago

The British Grand Prix, contested over 90 laps of the Silverstone circuit was the first victory for José Froilán González, and was also the first of many for the Scuderia Ferrari team Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Volkswagen introduced the Karmann-Ghia coupe at the Kasino Hotel in Westfalia, Germany Read more…

1956

66 years ago

The Emeryson made its Formula 1 debut in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, but the Mark 1 designed and driven by Paul Emery retired with ignition problems Read more…

1956

66 years ago

The death of two one-race Formula One drivers – Bill Whitehouse (48) and Herbert MacKay-Fraser (30) – came during an Formula 2 race at Reims Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Marvin Panch rallied from 10th starting position to prevail in the final race for NASCAR’s premier series at Memphis-Arkansas (US) Speedway’s 1 Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Easy Rider, an American independent road drama film written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda, and directed by Hopper was released by Columbia Pictures Read more…

1973

49 years ago

Development of the Holden GTR-X sports car began Read more…

1973

49 years ago

Silverstone, the birthplace of the modern Formula One era in 1950, staged the British Grand Prix Read more…

1979

43 years ago

Clay Regazzoni, the oldest man in the field won the British Grand Prix, giving Frank Williams his first grand prix win Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Raymond Loewy (92), one of the best known industrial designers of the 20th century, died Read more…

1990

32 years ago

American David Campos, set both the AMA and FIM absolute speed records with an overall average speed of 518 Read more…

1991

31 years ago

All the talk ahead of the British Grand Prix had been about Nigel Mansell, who was second behind Ayrton Senna in the drivers’ championship, and the excitement heightened when he took pole Read more…

1991

31 years ago

Ford and Volkswagen formed AutoEuropa, joint venture to produce new multipurpose vehicles at Setubal, Portugal Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Williams’ Jacques Villeneuve in a Williams-Renault FW18 took his second win of the season at the British Grand Prix, from Benetton’s Gerhard Berger, with McLaren’s Mika Häkkinen coming home third for his first podium since his near-fatal crash at Adelaide the year before Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Rookie driver Jeff Krosnoff (31) died from injuries sustained in an accident on the 92nd lap of the 95-lap Toronto Molson Indy at Exhibition Place Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Ernie Irvan capped his miraculous comeback from life-threatening injuries by winning the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire Inter­national Speedway (US) Read more…

1998

24 years ago

America’s premier luxury automotive company became a California-based firm, when Lincoln Mercury opened its new world headquarters in Irvine, California Read more…

2000

22 years ago

An Oasis fan was killed when he tried to walk home along the M61 motorway in Manchester, England after Oasis had played a sold-out gig at The Reebok stadium Read more…

2001

21 years ago

The British Grand Prix race saw five drivers retire, as Jarno Trulli’s Jordan collided with David Coulthard’s McLaren in the first corner; Jacques Villeneuve’s BAR pushed his teammate Olivier Panis off the track at the start, forcing Panis to retire Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Ford’s SVT team introduced the 2003 5-door SVT Focus, with a top speed in excess of 120 mph and capable of 0 to 60 mph in just 7 Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Ford announced an all-new 3 Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Ford unveiled the NASCAR version of its new 2006 Fusion midsize sedan Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The 197-bhp Volkswagen Eos (derived from the Greek goddess of the dawn), a compact sports car capable of 144 mph, went on sale in the UK (on the road from £19,370) Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Ryan Newman said he would leave Penske Racing at the end of the 2008 season Read more…

2013

9 years ago

While attempting to break 300 mph in a single mile at the Loring Timing Association land speed meet, Bill Warner lost control of his motorcycle at 285 miles per hour (459 km/h) Read more…

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