June 11th


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1895

127 years ago

The first ‘real motor race’, held over three days, from Paris to Bordeaux and back, began Read more…

1895

127 years ago

The first US patent for a gasoline-driven automobile by a US inventor was issued to Charles E Read more…

1904

118 years ago

The Fairgrounds Speedway an independent racetrack located at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds near downtown Nashville, Tennessee, US first staged “horseless carriages” and motorcycle races on the 1 Read more…

1928

94 years ago

The first Plymouth automobile came off the production line Read more…

1933

89 years ago

The French Grand Prix, the most important event of the year, so the withdrawal of the entire Bugatti-Equipe came as a great surprise Read more…

1933

89 years ago

The Małopolski Klub Automobilowy organized race through the streets of Lwów, was dominated by Nordic drivers Read more…

1949

73 years ago

(11-13th): The Isle of Man TT races held were dubbed the British Grand Prix Read more…

1949

73 years ago

Sam Collier drove an MG TC to victory at Bridgehampton, New York, USA, in a race for supercharged cars up to 1250cc and unsupercharged cars up to 1950cc Read more…

1950

72 years ago

The Dodge Diplomat two-door hardtop was introduced as a mid-year model Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Over 80 people died at Europe’s worst-ever motor-racing disaster when three cars crashed at 150 mph at Le Mans and ploughed into the spectators’ grandstand Read more…

1958

64 years ago

The 39 millionth Chevrolet car was built, a 1958 Corvette Read more…

1959

63 years ago

American Honda Motor Co Read more…

1964

58 years ago

During preparations for Le Mans, a 4 Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Jud Larson (43) died as a result of injuries sustained in a sprint car crash which also claimed the life of Red Riegel Read more…

1966

56 years ago

American driver Jimmy Davies (36), who finished third at the 1955 Indianapolis 500, was killed in a midget crash at Santa Fe Speedway in Chicago Read more…

1968

54 years ago

Perhaps one of the most popular and recognisable post-war British limousines, the Daimler DS420, was officially launched Read more…

1972

50 years ago

The dashing Jo Bonnier (42) was killed, also at the Le Mans 24-Hour, when his Lola collided with a Ferrari in the night, ploughing into pine trees and cutting a 200-yard swathe through them as his car disintegrated Read more…

1972

50 years ago

Graham Hill and Henri Pescarolo drove a 3 litre Matra-Simca MS670 to victory in the ’24 Hours of Le Mans’ as an all out “win or bust” effort by Matra paid off with a 1-2 finish, marking the first LeMans win by a French car in 22 years Read more…

1972

50 years ago

David Pearson cruised to victory at Michigan International Speedway, leading 155 of 200 laps in the Motor State 400 Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud drove an Alpine-Renault to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Read more…

1985

37 years ago

The Unites States Postal Service issued a 11-cent stamp in Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, US designed by Ken Dallison and picturing a 1933 Stutz (Super) Bearcat Read more…

1986

36 years ago

The hit John Hughes-directed teen comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” was released, starred a young Matthew Broderick as a popular high school student in suburban Illinois who fakes an illness in order to score a day off from school, then leads his best friend and his girlfriend on a whirlwind day through Chicago Read more…

1989

33 years ago

The 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 57th Grand Prix of Endurance, ended Read more…

1995

27 years ago

The Canadian Grand Prix ended in farce as hundreds of fans burst through fences to celebrate the maiden win of Ferrari’s Jean Alesi in his 91st race Read more…

1996

26 years ago

The first British Car Free day was held in Bath Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Hiroyuki Kumaki (absolutely unknown before this day) hit another car in Fukui, (Japan) Read more…

2002

20 years ago

22 Spanish friends crammed into a Mini Cooper to establish a new world record Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Fernando Alonso completely dominated the British Grand Prix, winning from pole and setting fastest lap along the way as Michael Schumacher finished a distant second with Kimi Raikkonen third Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Rookie Denny Hamlin won the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania (US) Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone was won by Fernando Alonso in a Renault R26 Read more…

2017

5 years ago

As Lewis Hamilton easily won the Canadian Grand Prix from teammate Valtteri Bottas, the drama in the race surrounded the two Force Indias Read more…

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