July 31st


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1890

132 years ago

P F Olds & Sons, Inc., manufacturers of gasoline engines, was established in Lansing, Michigan Read more…

1902

120 years ago

The inaugural Circuit des Ardennes was run in the vicinity of Bastogne, France Read more…

1911

111 years ago

The Mason Motor Company was founded in Flint, Michigan, US by Arthur C Mason, Charles Byrne and Charles E Wetherald to produce engines for the new Chevrolet Classic Six Read more…

1914

108 years ago

The Ford Motor Company announced a plan to return between $40 and $60 to each purchaser of a new Ford Model T should sales exceed 300,000 units during the following 12 months – this is often cited as the industry’s first rebate program Read more…

1915

107 years ago

At Des Moines Speedway in Des Moines, Iowa, Bob Burman set a 4-mile speed record of 2 minutes 29 Read more…

1922

100 years ago

Wolfgang Klemperer published test results showing the advantages of Paul Jaray’s aerodynamic automobile bodies Read more…

1927

95 years ago

Two buses carrying children collided with cars and burst into flames in Beaune, France killing 53, including 46 children Read more…

1927

95 years ago

The Spanish Grand Prix (formally the IV Gran Premio de España), a Formula Libre motor race, was held at Circuito Lasarte, over 40 laps of a 17 Read more…

1928

94 years ago

The Chrysler Corporation acquired Dodge Brothers from Dillon Read for $170 million. Read more…

1938

84 years ago

The Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 made its racing debut taking the first two places in the Coppa Ciano at Livorno, Italy Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Gustaf Larson retired as Vice President and Director of Engineering for AB Volvo Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Onofre Marimon (30) died during practice for the 1954 German Grand Prix, becoming the first driver to be fatally injured at a World Championship Grand Prix Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Tim Flock scored his record 13th win of the season in the 250-mile NASCAR Grand National race at Bay Meadows Race Track in San Mateo, California, US Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Atlanta Motor Speedway (formerly Atlanta International Raceway) opened as a standard 1 Read more…

1960

62 years ago

The last Armstrong Siddeley car was produced Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Four stars of NASCAR stockcars were entered in the VIR 400 Trans-Am race in Danville, Virginia Read more…

1971

51 years ago

Abarth & Co. the racing car and car maker founded by Carlo Abarth of Turin in 1949, was sold to Fiat Read more…

1971

51 years ago

David R Scott and James B Irwin during the Apollo 15 mission drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LVR) 17 Read more…

1972

50 years ago

Ferrari announced its withdrawal from racing Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Britain’s Labour government refused to give more money to the Norton Villiers Triumph motorcycle firm Read more…

1977

45 years ago

Benny Parsons held off Richard Petty by 0.45 seconds to win the Coca-Cola 500 Read more…

1980

42 years ago

L’Ebe Bugatti (76) died in Milan, Italy, having spent the last years of her of her life working to ensure the legacy of her father Ettore Bugatti Read more…

1981

41 years ago

The last of 695,124 Chevrolet Corvettes was produced at the St Louis, Missouri, US factory as production was transferred to the new plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, US Read more…

1994

28 years ago

A huge crash at the start of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim took out 11 of the field, giving Ferrari the opportunity to end its record 58-race drought Read more…

1998

24 years ago

Mark Martin won the inaugural 40-lap “IROC at Indy” International Race of Champions event Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Electric TH!NK City cars went on sale in California, US Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Ford racing unveiled the ’04 Taurus and F-150 Read more…

2005

17 years ago

The Hungarian Grand Prix saw the beginning of the end of tobacco advertising in F1 due to the Europe-wide ban Read more…

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