July 7th


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1876

146 years ago

The White Sewing Machine Company was organised Read more…

1897

125 years ago

The Roots Oil Motor & Motor Car Company Ltd Read more…

1898

124 years ago

The Paris-Amsterdam race organised by the Automobile Club de France began and was the first occasion when a major motor race crossed an international border Read more…

1908

114 years ago

The first fatal accident at a Grand Prix occurred during the French Grand Prix at Dippe, when Ciassac and his riding mechanic Schaube were killed after their Panhard crashed after a front tyre blew Read more…

1919

103 years ago

The Ford Motor Company was reorganised as a Delaware corporation with Edsel Ford as company president Read more…

1928

94 years ago

The Chrysler Corporation held a private showing for the new DeSoto marque, at the time existing as only a single prototype Read more…

1928

94 years ago

The Chrysler Plymouth made its debut at Madison Square Garden, New York City, US, with Amelia Earhart (who had just become the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic) behind the wheel Read more…

1947

75 years ago

The Tucker 48 was shown in an exclusive preview at the Hotel Statler in Washington DC Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Juan Manuel Fangio won the French Grand Prix in a Maserati 250F Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Joseph F Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Elmo Langley landed his second and final win in NASCAR’s premier series, at Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Virginia, US Read more…

1968

54 years ago

Jo Schlesser (40) died during the French Grand Prix after only two laps, after his car slid wide at the Six Frères corner and crashed sideways into a bank Read more…

1974

48 years ago

Nikki Lauda’s pole at the French Grand Prix was the fastest lap in the Formula One’s history Read more…

1977

45 years ago

“The Spy Who Loved Me,” starring Roger Moore as the suave super spy James Bond, known for his love of fast cars and dangerous women, had its London premiere Read more…

1979

43 years ago

Sammy Miller won the £5000 prize for Europe’s first 300mph terminal speed at the Summer International Meeting at the Santa Pod Raceway, Northamptonshire, England Read more…

1985

37 years ago

Nelson Piquet won the French Grand Prix driving a Brabham BT54-BMW Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Part-time driver Hendrick driver Greg Sacks won the Pepsi 400 pole position Read more…

1991

31 years ago

The first French Grand Prix to be held at the new Magny Cours venue, was won by Nigel Mansell in a Williams-Renault FW14 Read more…

2000

22 years ago

A bus plunged into a river in Liuzhou, Guangxi province killing all 78 aboard Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Eight weeks to the day after Adam Petty’s crash, NASCAR Winston Cup driver Kenny Irwin (30) was killed in the same turn on the same race track in Loudon, New Hampshire, during practice for the thatlook Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Less than five months after Dale Earnhardt’s death in the Daytona 500, NASCAR returned to Daytona International Speedway Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari F2002 won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Aston Martin celebrated a significant moment when the 1000th V12 Vanquish came off line at its Newport Pagnell facility Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Proton purchased a 57 Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The numberplate, M1, fetched £331,500 at auction, setting a new world record for the highest price paid for a car registration Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Colin Fallows established a British land-speed record of 300.3 mph driving the jet dragster Vampire at RAF Fairford Read more…

2007

15 years ago

The fourth Generation BMW M3 made its debut Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Lewis Hamilton set Silverstone alight by qualifying on pole at the British Grand Prix, but was unable to follow up with victory the following day as he came home third Read more…

2007

15 years ago

John William “Jack” Odell, OBE (87) the English inventor of Matchbox toys and the engineer responsible for their unique design died Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Officials with Sprint-Nextel and NASCAR announced that the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series would be renamed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2008 Read more…

2015

7 years ago

Honda set a new Guinness World Record for ‘Lowest fuel consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars),’ recording an average 2 Read more…

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