June 4th


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1896

126 years ago

Henry Ford drove his first vehicle, the Quadricycle, from the workshop behind his home at 58 Bagley Avenue in Detroit, Michigan Read more…

1900

122 years ago

The Bordeaux – Périgueux – Bordeaux Race (318 km) was won by Alfred Velghe (“Levegh”) on a 4-cylinder, 7 Read more…

1906

116 years ago

The Kissel Motor Car Company was organised in Hartford, Wisconsin, US with H K Butterfield as President, Otto P Kissel as Vice President, and George A Kissel as Secretary-Treasurer Read more…

1919

103 years ago

The first Citroën, the Model A, was delivered to a Monsieur Testemolle for the sum of 7,950 francs Read more…

1924

98 years ago

The 10,000,000th Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line Read more…

1932

90 years ago

The 1,000-mile race at Brooklands (England) was won by Briton Elsie Wisdom and Australian Joan Richmond in a Riley, at an average speed of 84.41 mph, the first time women had won a serious motor race. Read more…

1932

90 years ago

French racing pioneer, André Boillot (41) in a 301 sports Peugeot crashed into a tree during hillclimb Ars-La Châtre (France) practice and died five days later Read more…

1933

89 years ago

Only eight competitors took part in the Nîmes Grand Prix held on an avenue in the city center of Nîmes Read more…

1933

89 years ago

The first recorded organised midget car race was held at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California Read more…

1940

82 years ago

The 7,000,000th Ford V-8 was produced Read more…

1940

82 years ago

The B Read more…

1946

76 years ago

Michelin & Cie filed a French patent for its new radial tires Read more…

1947

75 years ago

Oldsmobile unveiled its high compression, overhead V-8 engine at the summer meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers Read more…

1950

72 years ago

The first World Championship pit stop fire occurred in the 1950 Swiss Grand Prix Read more…

1957

65 years ago

United States automakers agreed to delete speed and performance references from its advertising and stress safety features Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The Automobile Manufacturer’s Association passed a resolution recommending member companies (including General Motors) not to participate in motor racing Read more…

1959

63 years ago

The American Honda Motor Company was established in Los Angeles, California, initially to develop a market for Honda motorcycles Read more…

1961

61 years ago

Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett rolled to victory at Fairgrounds Raceway in Birmingham, Alabama, US outrunning Jim Paschal to score his eighth victory in NASCAR’s top series Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The ground-breaking Lotus 49 won on its debut at the Dutch Grand Prix with Jim Clark at the wheel Read more…

1972

50 years ago

The Belgian Grand Prix at Nivelles was won by Emerson Fittipaldi driving a Lotus-Cosworth 72D Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Mario Andretti won the Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama in a Lotus-Cosworth 79 from pole position Read more…

1989

33 years ago

The two-hour time limit of the United States Grand Prix held at Phoenix was reached after 75 of the scheduled 81 laps, as Alain Prost in a McLaren-Honda MP4/5 coasted to his only United States win and increased his then all-time record victory total to 36 and his first win in a naturally aspirated car Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Petrofina (UK) changed its name to Fina PLC Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Kyle Petty came from his 37th starting position to win the Miller Genuine Draft 500 at Dover Downs, Delaware (US) for his first NASCAR Winston Cup win in 60 races Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Colin McCrae and Derek Ringer won the Acropolis Rally in a Subaru Impreza Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Contested over 78 laps, the Monaco Grand Prix was won by McLaren driver David Coulthard after starting from third position Read more…

2003

19 years ago

30 people died in the Kasganj bus disaster, when a bus attempted to cross a closed level crossing in India and was sliced in half by a train Read more…

2005

17 years ago

The death rate on China’s roads was reported by the World Health Organisation to be 680 per day (plus 45,000 injuries) Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Despite retiring after the 2005 season, Ricky Rudd filled in for the injured Tony Stewart in the Neighbor­hood Excellence 400 at Dover Inter­national Raceway, Delaware, US Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Angry autoworkers blockaded the entrance to General Motors of Canada headquarters in Oshawa, Ontario, one day after GM said it would shut its Oshawa truck plant as well as 2 plants in the US and one in Mexico Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The first electric Time Trial Xtreme Grand Prix (TTXGP) all electric street motorcycle race took place on the Isle of Man in which 13 machines took part Read more…

2011

11 years ago

Italy-based Fiat offered $125 million to buy the Canadian government’s stake in Chrysler Group LLC as it moved swiftly to strengthen its control of the US automaker Read more…

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