July 26th


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1847

175 years ago

Moses G Farmer of Dover, New Hampshire demonstrated his ‘electromagnetic locomotive’, the ancestor of the electric automobile Read more…

1858

164 years ago

Peugeot Freres registered its “lion with or without arrows” trademark, a logo widely used in later years on its automobiles Read more…

1903

119 years ago

A Winton driven by Dr Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K Read more…

1908

114 years ago

At 6 Read more…

1913

109 years ago

Bob Burman, driving his Blitzen Benz in Vancouver, British Columbia, established a Canadian record for the flying mile of 50 Read more…

1916

106 years ago

The Studebaker Series 18 was introduced Read more…

1916

106 years ago

Dave Lewis drove a Crawford to victories in the 5 mile and 50 mile events at Des Moines Speedway in Des Moines, Iowa, US Read more…

1921

101 years ago

Jimmy Murphy driving Duesenberg won the French Grand Prix at Le Mans at 78 Read more…

1924

98 years ago

The last South Harting hill climb (now the B2141 road) event was held Read more…

1925

97 years ago

Antonio Ascari (36) died on the way to the hospital after he crashed his Alfa Romeo P2 during the French Grand Prix at Montlhery Read more…

1926

96 years ago

Ernest C Kanzler resigned from the Ford Motor Company six months to the day after his memo to Henry Ford recommended replacing the Ford Model T Read more…

1930

92 years ago

Charles Creighton and James Hargis left New York City driving their Ford Model A 1929 roadster 3340 miles in reverse, arriving in Los Angeles 17 days later without once stopping the engine Read more…

1932

90 years ago

Creator of the Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company, Frederick S Read more…

1936

86 years ago

Bernd Rosemeyer driving an Auto Union Typ C won the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring Read more…

1937

85 years ago

Racer Ernst von Delius (25) died from injuries suffered the previous day when his Auto Union collided with Richard Seaman during the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring Read more…

1948

74 years ago

The 3 mile (4 Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Hubert K Dalton (86), one of the designers of the original Chevrolet car in 1911 and later a manufacturer of automotive tools, died in Honolulu, Hawaii Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Lancia quit racing and gave all their racing cars and equipment to Ferrari Read more…

1963

59 years ago

A new 50 mph speed limit was introduced in Great Britain for all roads, except motorways, for the five weekends of the peak holiday season from 26 July to 25 August Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon (80) racer for Sunbeam and Talbot in the 1920s and later a Member of Parliament, died in Buckinghamshire, England Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Racer Leon Dernier (57) was killed when his Mazda R100 crashed during a race in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium Read more…

1976

46 years ago

George Sounders (73), winner of the 1927 Indianapolis 500, died Read more…

1976

46 years ago

Lee Kunzman, John Martin, Roger McCluskey, Dick Simon, and George Snyder tested the new pavement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a 10-lap “race” during the Governors Conference Read more…

1986

36 years ago

The Lockington rail crash occurred at Lockington, Humberside (now in the East Riding of Yorkshire), England, when the 09:33 passenger train from Bridlington to Hull on the Yorkshire Coast Line hit a Ford Escort van on a level crossing Read more…

1987

35 years ago

The German Grand Prix at Hockenheim was won by eventual 1987 World Champion, Nelson Piquet driving a Williams FW11B Read more…

1987

35 years ago

Bill Elliott stormed to victory from the pole position to win the Talladega 500 at Talladega (Alabama, US) Superspeedway, marking the last race at the 2 Read more…

1992

30 years ago

Contested over 45 laps of Hockenheim, the German Grand Prix was won by Williams driver (and polesitter) Nigel Mansell Read more…

1998

24 years ago

A mixed-up grid resulted from a wet/dry qualifying session, with Giancarlo Fisichella taking his first pole position at the Austrian Grand Prix at the A1-Ring Read more…

1998

24 years ago

The U.S Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Vauxhall/Opel began a 24-hour run of the ECO-Speedster concept car, powered with the new 1.3 CDTi diesel engine Read more…

2005

17 years ago

The Lexus (Luxury Edition for the United States) marque was introduced to the Japanese market, becoming the first Japanese premium car marque to launch in its country of origin Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Popular broadcaster and ­former NASCAR champion Benny Parsons began treatments for lung cancer Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Jaime Alguersuari (Spain, b Read more…

2009

13 years ago

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson appeared as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on the BBC television programme Top Gear Read more…

2010

12 years ago

China’s Geely Holding Group received final government approval to acquire Volvo Cars from Ford Motor Co Read more…

2011

11 years ago

A 1948 Tucker sedan was featured in NBC’s It’s Worth What? television show Read more…

2013

9 years ago

The last vehicle was produced at Ford’s Southampton motor vehicle assembly plant, ending Ford’s 100 plus year vehicle assembly history in the UK Read more…

2017

5 years ago

It was reported that Britain would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 in an attempt to reduce air pollution that could herald the end of over a century of reliance on the internal combustion engine Read more…

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