June 23rd


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1902

121 years ago

The “Mercedes” name was registered as a trademark by the Daimler Motorsen-Gesellschaft Read more…

1909

114 years ago

A Ford Model T crossed the finish line in the New York City to Seattle Endurance Race after 22 days and 55 minutes to claim the Guggenheim Cup and a $2,000 first prize Read more…

1916

107 years ago

Italian-American Ralph DePalma set a flying-mile world record of 35.2 seconds in a Mercedes at Des Moines Speedway in Iowa, US Read more…

1923

100 years ago

Jordan’s “Somewhere West of Laramie” magazine advertisement made its debut Read more…

1928

95 years ago

An Opel rocket-car was mounted on railroad tracks near Celle, Germany Read more…

1935

88 years ago

The French Grand Prix (formally the XXIX Grand Prix de l’Automobile Club de France) held over 500km (12 Read more…

1945

78 years ago

The Ford Motor Company ended operations at its Willow Run factory Read more…

1963

60 years ago

Jim Clark won the 1963 Belgian Grand Prix scoring Team Lotus’ 10th victory in the World Championship Read more…

1963

60 years ago

Worth McMillion made his Grand National racing debut driving a Pontiac at South Boston, Virginia, US Read more…

1968

55 years ago

Jackie Stewart led the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort from flag to flag, scoring the first Grand Prix win for the Matra MS10-Ford Read more…

1971

52 years ago

Bobby Allison routed the field for his fifth consecutive victory, winning the Space City 300, the only event for NASCAR’s premier series at Meyer Speedway in Houston, US Read more…

1985

38 years ago

The Detroit Grand Prix was held over 63 laps of the 7 km street circuit for a total race distance of 260 kilometres Read more…

1986

37 years ago

Thirteen people died in a pile-up on the M4 near Maidenhead, England Read more…

1990

33 years ago

Phil Brachtvogel ran the first 200 mph bike pass in the UK, 201 Read more…

1991

32 years ago

Davey Allison beat Hut Stricklin to win the Miller Genuine Draft 400 at Michigan, US Read more…

1991

32 years ago

Bertrand Gachot, Johnny Herbert, and Volker Wiedler won the 24-Hours of Le Mans driving a Mazda Read more…

1996

27 years ago

Rusty Wallace ran out of gas while racing in the Miller 400 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, US Read more…

1999

24 years ago

Fears about the future of the Rover Group’s Longbridge plant in Birmingham were calmed by the news that owner BMW would invest £2 Read more…

2002

21 years ago

The European Grand Prix held at Nürburgring was won by Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello, his first win since his victory at the 2000 German Grand Prix Read more…

2002

21 years ago

Jerry Nadeau’s rear-gearing failure in the final three laps opened the door for Ricky Rudd to win the 224-mile race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California (US) Read more…

2003

20 years ago

The City of Cape Town, South Africa, erected the world’s first ‘Penguin Crossing’ sign on Simon’s Town main road to reduce penguin fatalities Read more…

2007

16 years ago

The Ferrari around the world relay comes to an end at their headquarters in Italy Read more…

2012

11 years ago

The MINI Clubvan was officially introduced Read more…

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