June 10th


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1887

135 years ago

Hammersmith Bridge in London was officially opened Read more…

1903

119 years ago

The original Mercedes Seelberg-Cannstatt car plant in Germany suffered a great fire Read more…

1907

115 years ago

Five vehicles left Peking at the start of the Peking-Paris rally sponsored by Parisian daily newspaper Le Matin Read more…

1911

111 years ago

The first American LaFrance rotary gear pumping engine fire truck was sold to the San Antonio (Texas, US) Fire Department Read more…

1914

108 years ago

The Tourist Trophy held on the Isle of Man was won by Kenhelm Lee Guinness driving a Sunbeam 3255cc Read more…

1927

95 years ago

The Graham Brothers acquired control of the Paige-Detroit Motor Car Company Read more…

1934

88 years ago

Henry Ford was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, US Read more…

1946

76 years ago

Legendary boxer Jack Johnson died in a car crash on US Highway 1 near Raleigh, North Carolina, aged 68 Read more…

1947

75 years ago

Saab introduced its first car, the model 92 prototype Read more…

1949

73 years ago

Hailed as a visionary by some and a con artist by others, Preston Tucker (1903-1956) was the man behind an innovative, futuristic-looking car that debuted amid great fanfare during the summer of 1948, was indicted for fraud Read more…

1954

68 years ago

General Motors announced their GM Turbocruiser, a modified GMC coach powered by a gas turbine, built by their research staff, had been successfully tested over 2,000 miles Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The NHRA’s Drag Safari (later called Safety Safari) set out on their first country wide trip to help local organizers set up and run safe drag races Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Ralph Moody wheeled a DePaolo Engineering Ford to victory at West Memphis Speedway, halting the 16-race win streak by the Kiekhaefer team Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Jack Hinkle drove a Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdcage” to victory in a sports car race at Ponca City, Oklahoma, US Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Fred Lorenzen beat the field and the rain to the finish line to win an abbreviated Atlanta 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scoring the fourth of his 26 wins in NASCAR’s top division Read more…

1963

59 years ago

Anita King (78), American racecar and stunt driver, actress, and thoroughbred racehorse owner, died Read more…

1968

54 years ago

The 3,000,000th post-World War II Cadillac was produced, a gold DeVille convertible Read more…

1979

43 years ago

Paul Newman, the blue-eyed movie star-turned-race car driver, accomplished the greatest feat of his racing career by racing to second place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Read more…

1979

43 years ago

Bobby Unser drove the “Norton Spirit” Penske-Cosworth to victory in both races of the Trenton Twin Indy at Trenton Speedway in Trenton, New Jersey, US Read more…

1981

41 years ago

The last ‘der Grosser’ Mercedes-Benz 600 was produced, ending a production run of 2,677 units over 18 years Read more…

1984

38 years ago

Al Holbert and Derick Bell drove a Porsche 962 to victory in the Mid-Ohio 500km IMSA Camel GTP race in Lexington, Ohio, USA Read more…

1989

33 years ago

Alain Ferté of France, in a Jaguar XJR-9LM recorded the fastest lap in the Le Mans 24-hour race, 3 minutes 21 Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Rusty Wallace tamed the field on the twisting road course in Sonoma, California, (US) for his fifth win in his last seven starts on road courses Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna driving a McLaren MP4/5B won the Canadian Grand Prix held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the second time Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Ford Japan introduced the U Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Streetka, the Ghia-built star of the 2000 Turin Motor Show, finally evolved from concept to production reality Read more…

2001

21 years ago

It was a Schumacher 1-2 in Montreal at the Canadian Grand Prix, the first time brothers had finished winner and runner-up in an F1 race Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Lewis Hamilton’s first F1 win came in the Canadian Grand Prix, a race littered with safety car periods – one for an absolutely colossal accident involving Robert Kubica Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Having started in pole position, British driver Lewis Hamilton won his first F1 race in an incident-strewn Canadian Grand Prix Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Japan’s Toyota said it would start making the Camry hybrid in Australia and Thailand as part of the its efforts to step up production of “green” cars around the world Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Italy’s Fiat became the new owner of the bulk of Chrysler’s assets, closing a deal that saved the troubled US automaker from liquidation and placed the new company in the hands of Fiat’s CEO Read more…

2012

10 years ago

The final 41-mile stretch of Texas Highway 130 opened with a speed limit of 85 mph, the highest posted speed limit in the United States Read more…

2012

10 years ago

The 2012 season reached a streak of seven different winners from the first seven races when Lewis Hamilton won in Canada Read more…

2013

9 years ago

Brazil’s government announced plans to build its first auto crash test facility in an effort to improve the poor safety record of vehicles built and sold in the world’s fourth-largest automobile market Read more…

2018

4 years ago

The Canadian Grand Prix has a reputation for producing exciting races but there are always exceptions – and 2018 was about as boring as races anywhere can come Read more…

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