July 8th


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1695

327 years ago

Internal combustion engine pioneer Christiaan Huygens died in the Hague, the Netherlands, at the age of 66 Read more…

1893

129 years ago

Gottlieb Daimler married Lina Hartmann as his second wife Read more…

1901

121 years ago

The speed limit for cars in towns in France was set at 10 km/h (6 mph). Read more…

1906

116 years ago

The first Klink was produced by Harvey Toms for Dansville, New York photographer John F Klink – the car’s success would lead to the formation of the Klink Motor Car Manufacturing in March 1907 Read more…

1912

110 years ago

A Packard 3-ton truck driven by Walter T Fishleigh, E L Burnett, and Arnold Haener left New York City, to begin the first continuous trans-United States trip by a motor truck Read more…

1919

103 years ago

Bentley Motors, ltd was reorganised with W O Bentley as Chairman and Joint Managing Director with his brother H M Bentley Read more…

1933

89 years ago

The Harry A Miller Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles, California, builders of high performance racing engines, was forced into bankruptcy Read more…

1936

86 years ago

Ford offered an optional “Deluxe Package” for all of its pickups and light trucks Read more…

1940

82 years ago

The last two-door Ford E93A Prefect rolled off the production line Read more…

1944

78 years ago

The first vehicle, a ZIS 5-V truck, was produced at the Urals Automotive Plant, Miass, USSR Read more…

1950

72 years ago

The first race meeting was held at the former wartime airfield of Castle Combe, Wiltshire (UK) although spectators were not allowed Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Fonty Flock prevailed in a wreck-strewn 100-mile race at the Bain­bridge, Ohio, Fairgrounds Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The front-engined, four wheel drive Ferguson-Climax Project 99 made its racing debut in the Intercontinental British Empire Trophy race at Silverstone with Jack Fairman driving Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Dan Gurney won the French Grand Prix at Roue-Les-Essarts driving a Porsche 804, the only Formula 1 victory for the marque Read more…

1973

49 years ago

Benny Parsons used help from relief driver John A Read more…

1980

42 years ago

The Bentley Mulsanne was introduced in Paris, France Read more…

1990

32 years ago

The French Grand Prix almost saw one of the most remarkable upsets in Formula One history with the Leyton House Racing team of Italian driver Ivan Capelli and Brazilian driver Mauricio Gugelmin running first and second for an extended period of the race in their Leyton House CG901s Read more…

1990

32 years ago

A bus ignored a barrier at a railroad crossing and collided with a passenger train near Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia, killing 27 (34 according to unofficial sources) and injuring 24 Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Donington Park services on the M1 (England) opened Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr Read more…

2000

22 years ago

The Rover CityRover, a rebadged version of the Indian-developed Tata Indica, was introduced Read more…

2001

21 years ago

The BMW Mini went on sale in the UK Read more…

2002

20 years ago

The revived Jensen Motors, formed several years after the original company collapsed, went into administration Read more…

2003

19 years ago

MG Rover Group announced a bold new extension to its small car range – the Streetwise Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Suzuki Motor Corporation and Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, agreed a settlement after an eight-year-long lawsuit in which the automaker accused Consumer Reports of damaging its reputation with claims that its Samurai sport utility vehicle (SUV) was prone to rolling over Read more…

2006

16 years ago

13 died and 8 were injured when a bus plunged down a ravine in Uttarakhand, India Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Kimi Räikkönen won the British Grand Prix after overtaking pole position driver Lewis Hamilton during the first round of pit stops and took control of the race Read more…

2012

10 years ago

Red Bull driver Mark Webber, won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, his second victory of the season Read more…

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