June 26th


On this day in…

1888

135 years ago

Karl Benz of Germany received a US patent for a gasoline-driven automobile Read more…

1902

121 years ago

(26th- 28th) The 1902 Gordon Bennett Cup was run over a distance of 565 km from Paris to Innsbruck in conjunction with the Paris-Vienna motor car race Read more…

1906

117 years ago

Lord Montague of Beaulieu opened Argylls’ lavish office block beside the manufacturing plant at Alexandria-by-Glasgow, Scotland Read more…

1906

117 years ago

The inaugural French Grand Prix, staged in Le Mans by the Automobile Club of France (ACF), was won by Hungarian driver Ferenc Szisz in a 90hp 13 litre Renault Typ AK at an average speed of 63 mph Read more…

1915

108 years ago

The two mile Chicago board track opened with a 500-mile AAA saunctioned race, won by Dario Resta’s Peugeot at 97 Read more…

1930

93 years ago

Frederick Henry Royce pioneering car manufacturer, who with Charles Stewart Rolls founded the Rolls-Royce company, was knighted by King George V Read more…

1953

70 years ago

The last Henry J was produced Read more…

1956

67 years ago

The US Congress approved the Federal Highway Act, which allocated more than $30 billion for the construction of some 41,000 miles (66,000 km) of interstate highways; the largest public construction project in US history to that date Read more…

1960

63 years ago

NASCAR Hall of Famer Glen Wood scored a wire-to-wire victory at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US, starting third and leading all 200 laps of the International 200 Read more…

1967

56 years ago

The United States Auto Club reduced the size of the engine annulus opening on turbine powered Indy cars from 23 Read more…

1975

48 years ago

Austin 18-22, Morris 18-22 and Wolseley Saloon were launched Read more…

1977

46 years ago

The Grand Prix de Rouen-les-Essarts was won by Eddie Cheever in a BMW – aged 19 years, 168 days – to become the youngest winner of a Formula 2 race Read more…

1983

40 years ago

The Horseless Carriage Club of America dedicated a monument in Des Moines, Iowa, US to mark the 1906 assembly site of the first Mason car by Frederick S Duesenberg Read more…

1986

37 years ago

Bobby Rahal won the Labatt’s Manitoba Challenge Formula Atlantic race Read more…

2002

21 years ago

The first £320,000 6.2-metre-long Maybach 62 ever produced was enclosed in a glass case on the Queen Elizabeth II as the liner departed from Southampton, England en route to New York Read more…

2004

19 years ago

The largest parade of Fiat cars, 220 Fiat 126s arranged by the 126 Fan Slovakia club, took place in Zvolen, Slovakia Read more…

2004

19 years ago

The MINI Convertible (Cabrio) went on sale in the United Kingdom Read more…

2007

16 years ago

Paris Hilton was released from a California jail after serving around half of a 45-day sentence for violating probation on a driving ban Read more…

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