June 8th


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1908

114 years ago

The first powered flight by the British aviator Algenen Vernon Roe took place along the Finishing Straight of the Brooklands circuit, Surrey, England Read more…

1912

110 years ago

Englishman W Read more…

1923

99 years ago

The Hercules Motors Corporation was incorporated in Ohio to succeed the Hercules Motor Manufacturing Company which had started in 1915 Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The last 75,510 Plymouth Model 30-U’s was produced Read more…

1938

84 years ago

President Franklin D Read more…

1947

75 years ago

Jean-Pierre Wimille won the Swiss Grand Prix in an Alfa Romeo 158 Read more…

1947

75 years ago

Inventor of the electromagnetic transmission and a pioneer of the early automobile industry, Justus Bulkley Entz (79) died Read more…

1948

74 years ago

Dr Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche test-drove the hand-built aluminium prototype two-seater Porsche roadster, proudly bearing the chassis number 356-001, in Gmünd, Austria Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Tickets went on sale for the first 500-mile stock car race at the new Darlington Raceway, South Carolina Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Tim Flock outran his brother Fonty to win a 100-lap main event at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsborough, North Carolina, US posting the third win of an eight-win season that culminated in his first NASCAR title Read more…

1958

64 years ago

The 1,000,000th Plymouth V-8 engine is produced Read more…

1959

63 years ago

Leslie Johnson (47), British racing driver who competed in rallies, hill climbs, sports car races and Grand Prix races died Read more…

1968

54 years ago

Ludovico Scarfiotti (34) died at a hillclimbing event on the Roßfeldhöhenringstraße near Berchtesgaden, in the German Alps Read more…

1970

52 years ago

Rock band, Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border Read more…

1975

47 years ago

The sixth Swedish Grand Prix run over 80 laps of the 4 km Scandinavian Raceway, was won by Niki Lauda in a Ferrari 312T Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Keith Parnell made the first eight second pass (8 Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Philip Caldwell became deputy chief executive officer of Ford Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Darrell Waltrip passed Neil Bonnett on the final lap to win the 400-kilometer race on Riverside’s road course in Moreno Valley, California Read more…

1983

39 years ago

The Corvette plant produced a new 1984 model Corvette, with build order “DE 9163 ZORA 1” Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Volkswagenwerk AG obtained a majority interest in “Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo, SA” (SEAT), initially with 51 % of the share capital Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Tim Richmond won the first of his seven Winston Cup Series races of the year, a total that vaulted him to third place in the Series point race and solidified his reputation as one of NASCAR’s greatest drivers Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Jeff Gordon passed Ted Musgrave with 16 laps remaining and sprints to a narrow victory over Jeff Burton, registered his sixth triumph of the season in the Pocono 500 in Pennsylvania (US) Read more…

2005

17 years ago

SsangYong’s model renewal moved up a further gear with the Korean unveiling of the Kyron Read more…

2007

15 years ago

George Michael was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and banned from driving for two years at Brent Magistrates court, north London Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Van maker LDV was placed in administration after the collapse of a rescue deal by Malaysian firm Weststar Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Gabon President Omar Bongo, the world’s longest-serving president, died at a hospital in Spain Read more…

2010

12 years ago

General Motors Co Read more…

2014

8 years ago

Mercedes’ run of dominance at the Canadian Grand Prix came to an end when both cars developed issues with their MGU-K at around half distance Read more…

2014

8 years ago

The Autry National Center in Los Angeles opened an exhibition about the fact and fiction of US 66, which ran through to January 4, 2015 Read more…

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