June 21st


On this day in…

1904

119 years ago

The Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Company was incorporated by Jonathan D Maxwell and Benjamin Briscoe with financial help from banker John Pierpont Morgan Read more…

1907

116 years ago

The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost began its 15,000 Miles Official Trial Read more…

1911

112 years ago

A stock Metz roadster left Iron Hill, Maryland at 12:01 AM, and arrived in Winchester, New Hampshire before the days end, having crossed Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont Read more…

1925

98 years ago

The 2nd Coppa Acerbo held in Italy, named after Tito Acerbo, the brother of Giacomo Acerbo, a prominent fascist politician, was won by Guido Ginaldi in an Alfa Romeo RL Read more…

1929

94 years ago

The last MG 14/40 Mk IV was completed Read more…

1930

93 years ago

British cars took the first 4 places at the Le Mans Grand Prix Read more…

1931

92 years ago

The XVII Grand Prix of the AC de France was run to the 10-Hour International Formula, demanding two drivers per car Read more…

1936

87 years ago

The first Hungarian Grand Prix (Magyar Nagydij) was held over a 3 Read more…

1945

78 years ago

The Ford Motor Company of Great Britain commenced post war production of private cars Read more…

1947

76 years ago

William Clay Ford married Martha Firestone, uniting two of the greatest fortunes in the American automotive industry Read more…

1947

76 years ago

The first postwar Mille Miglia (“Thousand Miles”) began in Brescia, Italy Read more…

1953

70 years ago

Dick Rathmann led all the way to win the International 200 at Langhorne Speedway (Philadelphia, US), the first NASCAR event open to both domestic and foreign cars Read more…

1953

70 years ago

A record crowd of over 100,000 spectators crammed into the forest track Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to watch the Belgium Grand Prix Read more…

1958

65 years ago

Racers Guido Zerneri and Luigi Mora were killed during the Mille Miglia Read more…

1959

64 years ago

Santa Ana Drags dragstrip, the first drag strip in the United States, closed Read more…

1966

57 years ago

Singer Tom Jones needed 14 stitches in his forehead after his Jaguar was involved in a car crash in Marble Arch, London Read more…

1969

54 years ago

Pole-sitter Bobby Isaac dominated at Greenville (South Carolina, US)-Pickens Speedway, leading all but three laps of the Pickens 200 Read more…

1969

54 years ago

Jackie Stewart driving a Matra-Cosworth MS80 claimed victory at the Dutch Grand Prix held at Zandvoort Read more…

1970

53 years ago

The wedge-shaped Lotus 72, with side-mounted radiators, made its debut Read more…

1978

45 years ago

The Aston Martin Volante, the marque’s first 8-cylinder convertible,made its long awaited appearance, almost nine years after the launch of the DBS V8 Read more…

1981

42 years ago

The Spanish Grand Prix held at the Circuito Permanente del Jarama, featured the second closest finish ever of a Formula One race: after Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari 126CK, the four following cars finished in just 1 Read more…

1987

36 years ago

Jim Richards drove a BMW M3 to victory in the Australian Touring Car Championship race at Amaroo Park in New South Wales, Australia Read more…

1987

36 years ago

The Detroit Grand Prix held in Detroit, Michigan over 63 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 253 kilometres, was won by Ayrton Senna in the active ride suspension equipped Lotus 99T Read more…

1987

36 years ago

Drivers Roy Lambert and Ray Hancock, with navigator John Taylor, completed a 3,609-mile course around Britain in a diesel-powered Ford Fiesta 1600 Read more…

1992

31 years ago

A Jaguar XJ220 driven by British Formula One driver Martin Brundle at the Nardò test track in Italy achieved a speed of 217 Read more…

1992

31 years ago

British racing drivers Derek Warwick and Mark Blundell, helped by Yannick Dalmas won Le Mans 24 hour race ina Peugeot 905, at an average speed of 123 Read more…

1996

27 years ago

The last Corvette of the fourth-generation “C4” body style (used since 1984) was produced and was purchased by Mike Yager, owner of Mid-America Design, for his museum in Illinois Read more…

1998

25 years ago

Jeremy Mayfield held off Jeff Gordon and Dale Jarrett in a stirring finish to bag his first career NASCAR Winston Cup win in the Pocono 500, Pennsylvania (US) Read more…

1998

25 years ago

Mobile without a car (MoA or MOa), a Germany-wide Car Free Mobility Day was held Read more…

2000

23 years ago

Ford announced that it was to cease car production at its Dagenham plant in east London after 68 years. Read more…

2002

21 years ago

Following England’s victory over Denmark MG Rover Group employees were given an extra day’s holiday to watch England play Brazil Read more…

2005

18 years ago

MINI announced three special 2006 models: MINI One Seven at £12,565, MINI Cooper Park Lane at £15,260, and MINI Cooper S Checkmate at £17,635 Read more…

2006

17 years ago

Three Aston Martin DBSs, which weren’t even yet on sale at the time, were smashed up in one afternoon by the film crew of Casino Royale, the twenty-first Bond film Read more…

2007

16 years ago

What Diesel Car? magazine voted the Alfa Brera its Best Sports/Coupe, in the publication’s annual Car of the Year Awards Read more…

2007

16 years ago

The new Maserati GranTurismo was officially unveiled in Britain at London’s Royal Horticultural Halls Read more…

2008

15 years ago

In New Jersey Scott Kalitta (46) died when his Funny Car crashed and burst into flames during the final round of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, New Jersey Read more…

2009

14 years ago

The British Grand Prix, contested over 60 laps of the Silverstone circuit was won by Sebastian Vettel, who started on pole, with championship leader Jenson Button finishing in sixth position Read more…

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