March 16th


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1888

134 years ago

The Rheinische Gasmotorenfabrik Benz & Cie of Mannheim, Germany recorded its first sale as Emile Roger of Paris purchased a Benz 2-hp, 1-cylinder three-wheeler Read more…

1893

129 years ago

Frederick Henry Royce married Minnie Grace Punt Read more…

1901

121 years ago

The California Legislature authorised counties, cities and incorporated towns to tax and license motor vehicles Read more…

1910

112 years ago

Barney Oldfield set a world speed record of 131 Read more…

1911

111 years ago

Rolls Royce Limited purchased exclusive rights to the “Spirit of Ecstasy” mascot from sculptor Charles Sykes Read more…

1911

111 years ago

The Oklahoma State Legislature (US) required automobile owners to register their vehicles with the State Highway Commissioner Read more…

1926

96 years ago

Henry Segrave set his first land speed record of 152 Read more…

1927

95 years ago

The first Falcon-Knight was produced Read more…

1928

94 years ago

The first set of permanent traffic lights to be installed in Great Britain began operating in Leeds, West Yorkshire Read more…

1934

88 years ago

The Chrysler Airflow was introduced to a European audience at the Geneva Motor Show Read more…

1935

87 years ago

Driving tests were introduced on a voluntary basis and became compulsory on 1st June 1935 Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, the ‘1400’ was Fiat’s first all-new postwar model, its first unibody car, and its first passenger car offered with a diesel engine Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Juan Manuel Fangio in a Ferrari 166 won the Eva Duarte Perón Grand Prix at Costanera Norte Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Alberto Ascari in a Ferrari 500 won the Syracuse F2 Grand Prix at Syracuse, New York, US Read more…

1955

67 years ago

The 1,000,000th Buick V-8 was produced Read more…

1958

64 years ago

The 50 millionth Ford automobile rolled off the assembly line, a shiny new Thunderbird! Read more…

1959

63 years ago

Phil Hill was on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, which named him “Sportscar Driver of the Year” Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Citroën opened the legendary ten storey Marbeuf garage, an architectural masterpiece, in Paris Read more…

1960

62 years ago

In New York a car was displayed with a battery recharged by solar cells. Read more…

1966

56 years ago

General Motors produced its 100,000,000th car, an Oldsmobile Toronado Read more…

1966

56 years ago

General Motors produced its 100,000,000th worldwide automobile, an Oldsmobile Toronado Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Jackie Stewart driving a Matra-Cosworth MS80 won the Race of Champions at Brand Hatch, England Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Johnny Rutherford won the USAC Championship ‘Bricklin 150’ at FasTrack International Raceway, Cashion, Arizona Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Tom Pryce driving a Shadow-Cosworth DN5 won the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Riccardo Patrese and Walter Rohrl drove a Lancia Monte Carlo to victory in the Brands Hatch 6 Hours Sports Car race Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Sophomore Dale Earnhardt fended off a pesky Rusty Wallace to score his first superspeedway victory in the Atlanta 500 staged in Hampton, Georgia (US) Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Marion Lee “Mickey” Thompson (59), an American off-road racing legend, died Read more…

1987

35 years ago

The Range Rover was launched in USA. Read more…

1992

30 years ago

Robert J Read more…

1995

27 years ago

McLaren announced Mark Blundell would drive for it while adjustments costing £500,000 were made to its car to accommodate Nigel Mansell Read more…

1995

27 years ago

BMW announced its intention to sell Rover to the Alchemy Partnership Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Wayne Taylor, Jim Pace, and Eric van de Poole drove an Oldsmobile R&S MkIII WSC to victory in the 12-Hours of Sebring Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Renault bought Benetton for US$110 million, less than three years after dropping out of the sport, with Flavio Briatore installed as the team principal Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Robert “Bob” Wollek (57), nicknamed “Brilliant Bob”, a race car driver from Strasbourg, France was killed in a road accident in Florida while riding a bicycle to prepare for the 12 Hours of Sebring Read more…

2002

20 years ago

The largest ever demolition derby (123 participants) took place at Todd & Pollock Speedway, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Race car driver Ricky Craven won the Darlington 500, crossing the finish line 0 Read more…

2005

17 years ago

John Tojeiro (81) affectionately known as Toj, an engineer and racing car designer, whose innovations helped to revolutionise car design in the 1950s and ’60s, died Read more…

2005

17 years ago

The current-generation MINI, built at the BMW Group Plant in Oxford, claimed the Used Car Of The Year award, the ultimate accolade in the Auto Express Glass’s Guide Used Car Honours 2005 Read more…

2005

17 years ago

The Ferrari F430 made its dynamic driving debut in the UK at Goodwood House during the press briefing for Goodwood’s Festival of Speed Read more…

2007

15 years ago

International cricketer Manjural Islam Rana (22) died in an accident while the Bangladesh cricket team were in the Caribbean for the 2007 Cricket World Cup Read more…

2008

14 years ago

The first race of the season was held in Australia in front of 200,000 spectators and it marked the 250th grand prix start for Rubens Barrichello Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Richard Childress Racing drivers Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer finished 1-2-3 in the Food City 500 at Bristol, Tennessee, US Read more…

2013

9 years ago

The MINI Paceman (R61) went on sale in the US Read more…

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