March 14th


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1897

125 years ago

Emile Levassor (54) died from complications arising from injuries suffered near La Palud, France during the Paris-Marseille road-race Read more…

1899

123 years ago

Ettore Bugatti in a Prinetti & Stucchi 3 won the 100 mile (161 km) Verona-Brescia-Mantua-Verona road race in just over 5 hours Read more…

1903

119 years ago

The first Boston Auto Show was held in Symphony Hall, Boston, US Read more…

1909

113 years ago

Prosper L’Orange, Benz engineer, was issued with a patent for a pre-combustion chamber type diesel engine that led to the manufacturing of diesel-powered automobiles Read more…

1910

112 years ago

Antonio Santoni was issued an Italian patent for his centrifugal supercharger Read more…

1922

100 years ago

John “Jack” Mack, who co-founded what would become one of North America’s largest makers of heavy-duty trucks, was killed when his car collided with a trolley in Pennsylvania Read more…

1935

87 years ago

The great “romantic” age of South American road racing began with the start of the first Gran Premio International Read more…

1937

85 years ago

Tommy Elmore drove a Ford V-8 Special to victory in a 100 mile Stock Car race on a 1 mile beach course in Florida Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Plymouth introduced its XX500 prototype showcar Read more…

1952

70 years ago

The 1952 Nash Ambassador and Statesman were introduced Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The Fiat experimental gas-turbine car, the Turbina, was given its first road test Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Jim Kimberly won a 150 mile Sports Car race on a 5 mile airport course at Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia, US Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The Ford Skyliner with a retractable hardtop was introduced, with the first car presented to US President Dwight D Eisenhower Read more…

1957

65 years ago

World preview of the Maserati 3500GT 2+2 seater sports coupé at the Geneva Motor Show, that also saw the launch of the Ferrari 250TR Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Eugenio Castellotti (26) was killed during a private Ferrari test session at the Modena Autodrome Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The new Meadows Frisky made its first public appearance at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show, with fibreglass bodywork designed by top Italian stylist Michelotti and produced by Vignale of Turin Read more…

1958

64 years ago

The first ‘For Sale’ Series II Land Rover vehicles rolled off the production line Read more…

1962

60 years ago

The Ford Motor Company dropped plans to produce the sub-compact Cardinal in the US – the car debuted in Germany as the 1963 Taunus 12M Read more…

1962

60 years ago

General Motors produced its 75,000,000th car, a 1962 Pontiac Bonneville convertible Read more…

1963

59 years ago

Mercedes caused a sensation at the Geneva Show with the 230S Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The first Ford Mustang was inadvertently sold to Stanley Tucker of Saint John’s, Newfoundland, Canada three days before the car’s official launch Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The Daily Mirror Trophy at Snetterton, England was won by Innes Ireland in a BRP-BRM 1 Read more…

1965

57 years ago

The 1,500,000th Volkswagen Transporter was produced Read more…

1968

54 years ago

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Islero 400 GT featured an aluminum, quad cam V12 engine; all wheel independent suspension and disc brakes; comprehensive cockpit fittings and luxury interiors Read more…

1972

50 years ago

David Pearson drove a Chevrolet Camaro to victory as NASCAR inaugurated it’s new Grand National East division with a 100 mile race on the 1/2 mile dirt Jacksonville Speedway Read more…

1974

48 years ago

The Lamborghini Countach LP400 production vehicle debuted at the Geneva Motor Show Read more…

1974

48 years ago

The Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6 Read more…

1976

46 years ago

James Hunt won his second consecutive non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch with his McLaren M23 Read more…

1976

46 years ago

Bobby Unser drove a Drake-Offenhauser powered Eagle to victory in the USAC Championship race at Phoenix, Arizona, US Read more…

1979

43 years ago

The former administration building of the Willys-Overland Company in Toledo, Ohio, US was demolished to make room for a parking lot Read more…

1984

38 years ago

Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, was shot and wounded in an attack in central Belfast when his car was riddled with bullets Read more…

1990

32 years ago

The Mazda MX-5 went on sale in the UK, priced at £14,249 Read more…

1992

30 years ago

Jeff Gordon notched his first-ever NASCAR victory, starting from the pole and dominating the Atlanta 300 Busch Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Georgia, US Read more…

1993

29 years ago

The Sauber made its Formula 1 debut in the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami with a Type C12 driven by J J Lehto finishing 5th Read more…

1993

29 years ago

The last South African Grand Prix was held at Kyalami Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Jackie Stewart, a long-time campaigner for a safer sport, called on the FIA to ensure stewards were properly protected Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell was banned from driving for six weeks and fined £400 for speeding in her Aston Martin DB7 Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Subaru sold its three-millionth Legacy worldwide Read more…

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