March 24th


On this day in…

1898

124 years ago

Robert Allison of Port Carbon, Pennsylvania became the first person to buy an American-built motor car when he bought a Winton after seeing an advertisement in Scientific America Read more…

1899

123 years ago

Georges Lemaitre won the La Turbie Hillclimb in a Peugeot, the first time that a hill climb had been won by a gasoline-powered vehicle Read more…

1903

119 years ago

Harry Parsons was issued a patent for his “Armor for Pneumatic Tires”, a non-skid device resembling modern tire chains Read more…

1908

114 years ago

Otto Zachow was issued with a US patent for his four-wheel-drive system Read more…

1913

109 years ago

Adolf Daimler, the middle son of Gottlieb Daimler who was active in his father’s company, died after a long illness aged 41 Read more…

1929

93 years ago

The Tripoli Grand Prix was won by Gastone Brilli-Peri driving a Talbot 700 Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The millionth Ford to be built in Canada left the assembly line, just 3 weeks before the twenty millionth Ford left the Rouge plant in Detroit Read more…

1932

90 years ago

Sir Henry Birkin raised the Brooklands Outer Circuit lap record to 137 Read more…

1936

86 years ago

Hans Stuck established a series of Class B distance records driving a 6 litre Auto Union on a closed section of the highway between Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany Read more…

1945

77 years ago

The 20,000th tank was produced by the Chrysler Corporation Read more…

1948

74 years ago

The last Lincoln Continental Mark I was produced Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Stockholders of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and the Hudson Motor Car Company approved the proposed merger of the two firms Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Ferrari, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Porsche and Lotus all entered the Sebring 12 Hour World Sports Car Championship race Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Work on the M1, Britain’s first full length motorway, began Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Ferrari 250 GTO made its debut in the 12 Hour sportscar race at Sebring, Florida, US Read more…

1963

59 years ago

NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson drove a Ray Fox-owned Chevrolet to a one-lap victory over Richard Petty in the Hickory 250 at Hickory Speedway, North Carolina, US Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The inaugural race in the European Formula Two championship was won by Jochen Rindt in a Brabham-Ford Read more…

1970

52 years ago

Buddy Baker drove a Dodge Charger Daytona to a new World Closed Course Speed Record of 200.447 mph at Talledega International Speedway, Alabama, US. Read more…

1971

51 years ago

A VAZ 2102 based on a Fiat 124 became the first car produced at the Volga Automobile Works in Tol’iatt, USSR Read more…

1972

50 years ago

The Gilchrest Road crossing level accident occurred in the town of Clarkstown, New York, between Valley Cottage and Congers, roughly 25 miles north of New York City Read more…

1974

48 years ago

The National Corvette Restorers Society was organised in Angola, Indiana, US Read more…

1978

44 years ago

The International Gold Cup held at Oulton Park was won by Tony Trimmer in a McLaren-Cosworth M23 Read more…

1981

41 years ago

Nigel Mansell saved Peter Collins from drowning in the ocean off Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Read more…

1985

37 years ago

The inaugural race in the European Formula 3000 championship was won by Mike Thackwell Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Bobby Unser set a closed-course speed record for four-wheel drive vehicles with an Audi 5000CS Turbo Quattro at 206 Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Elliot Marantette “Pete” Estes (71`) an American automotive engineer and executive, most known as being the fifteenth president of General Motors, from 1974 to 1981, died Read more…

1988

34 years ago

French driver Roger Loyer died at the age of 80; he raced in the 1954 Argentine Grand Prix, in a Gordini T16, but failed to finish due to lack of oil pressure Read more…

1989

33 years ago

Richard Petty failed to qualify for the NASCAR race at Richmond Read more…

1991

31 years ago

The Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos was won by Ayrton Senna driving a McLaren-Honda MP4/6 by a mere 2 Read more…

1994

28 years ago

The Ford Windstar minivan was introduced Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Jeff Gordon won his 2nd straight Darlington (South Carolina, US) race as everyone runs out of gas on the last lap Read more…

1997

25 years ago

US Vice President Gore arrived in China for the highest-level U Read more…

1999

23 years ago

38 people died when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc tunnel Read more…

2001

21 years ago

A stretch of road on Highway 19 in Macon, Georgia, was named Duane Allman Boulevard, near where the Allman Brothers guitarist died aged 24 in a motorcycle crash on October 29, 1971 Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Sophomore Kurt Busch ­rattled his way past Jimmy Spencer in the final 30 miles and sprinted to his first career NASCAR Winston Cup ­victory at Bristol, Tennessee, US Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Racer Boris ‘Bob’ Said (69), first American to win a road race in Europe after World War II – the 1953 Rouen Grand Prix – died while watching TV Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Vauxhall’s supercar, the mid engined, targa-topped, 2-seater sports car, VX220 Turbo, went on sale in the UK, OTR at £25,495 Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Automobili Lamborghini launched its new 520bhp Gallardo Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Swedish truck maker Volvo said it had successfully acquired Japan’s Nissan Diesel, the latest merger in the industry as companies prepared for more stringent emissions rules Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Hal Riney (75), a leading figure in the advertising world, died in San Francisco Read more…

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