March 2nd


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1903

119 years ago

The Standard Motor Company was registered by Reginald Maudslay Read more…

1919

103 years ago

The first regular production ReVere was completed Read more…

1924

98 years ago

Public vehicles were allowed in Hyde Park, London for the first time since 1636 Read more…

1925

97 years ago

State and federal highway officials developed a nationwide route numbering system and adopted the familiar US shield-shaped, numbered marker Read more…

1926

96 years ago

Bentley Motors Ltd was reorganised with Woolf Barnato as Chairman, W O Bentley as Managing Director and Hubert Pike, Ramsay Manners and John Kennedy Carruth as Directors Read more…

1935

87 years ago

Bill Cummings, driving the Cummins Diesel Special that had finished 12th in the 1934 Indianapolis 500, raised the land speed record for diesel powered cars to 137 Read more…

1942

80 years ago

The US government implemented automobile rationing due to World War II Read more…

1945

77 years ago

Racer Raymond Mays contacted key British motor industry figures with plans that led in1947 to the formation of British Racing Motors, Ltd Read more…

1947

75 years ago

Stirling Moss at the age of 18 entered his first official race, the Harrow Car Club Trial, at the wheel of a BMW 328 Read more…

1947

75 years ago

Enzo Ferrari drove the first 125S vehicle out of the factory gates Read more…

1947

75 years ago

Achille Varzi driving an Alfa Romeo 308 won the San Lorenzo Cup at Rosario Read more…

1949

73 years ago

The Connecticut Light and Power Company installed the first automatic streetlight system in which the streetlights turned themselves on when it became dark in New Milford, Connecticut, US Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Four days after the race, Lee Petty was declared the winner of the 100-mile NASCAR Grand National at Concord Speedway despite protests from Curtis Turner and Speedy Thompson, the apparent top two finishers Read more…

1962

60 years ago

The Ford Motor Company announced that the Cardinal, a sub-compact with front wheel drive and a German built V-4 engine, would be produced at its Louisville, Kentucky, US plant from July Read more…

1966

56 years ago

The M6 from the southern end of the Stafford bypass to the A462 just south of Cannock opened to traffic Read more…

1966

56 years ago

The Ford Motor Company celebrated the production of its 1,000,000th Mustang, a white convertible Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Hans Ledwinka (89), the engineer who created the Tatra marquee, died in Munich, Germany Read more…

1970

52 years ago

Sir Reay Geddes, Chairman of the Dunlop Rubber Company Ltd, and Leopoldo Pirelli, Chairman of Pirelli SpA, announced a merger of their two firms Read more…

1972

50 years ago

Evil Knievel broke a record by jumping over 15 cars at the Cow’s Palace near San Francisco, but after the successful landing, he crashed and skidded through the short tunnel leading to the concessions Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Anthony Joseph ‘A J’ Foyt, driving a Coyote-Foyt, and Wally Dallenbach, driving a Drake-Offenhauser powered Eagle, won the two heats of the California 500 at Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California, USA Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the Renault 18 was intended as a replacement for Renault 12 Read more…

1979

43 years ago

Gilles Villeneuve won the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami in a Ferrari 312T4 Read more…

1985

37 years ago

Jack N Humbert, General Motors stylist 1948-84, who designed the Pontiac GTO, Firebird and Grand Prix, died Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Protesters tried to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US Read more…

1988

34 years ago

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1990

32 years ago

At the Firestone Test Center near Fort Stockton, Texas, a team of drivers completed a two day trial during which they set a dozen land speed records with a Corvette ZR-1 and a Corvette L-98 Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Rusty Wallace won the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond, Virginia, US in what turned out to be his only win of the Cup season Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Derek Michael Armstead (21), better known by his stage name Bloodshed, was an American rapper from Harlem, New York Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Ford opened the first franchised Ford sales and service facility in Kazakhstan, Turkey operated by RAM Auto Almaty Ltd Read more…

2000

22 years ago

The following major introductions were made at the Geneva Auto Show: Opel Speedster, Opel Omega V8, SEAT Salsa concept and Tata Aria concept Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Never one to back down from controversy, Bernie Ecclestone said he thought a woman could never be an F1 champion Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Bentley Motors launched two exclusive and limited edition motors, specially developed to celebrate the company’s return to the world’s greatest motor race, Le Mans, after 71 Years Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Michael Schumacher walked away from a horrifying crash during the first practice session of the season in Australia Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Matt Kenseth scampered away from the field in the final laps and ­finished nine seconds in front of runner-up Dale Earnhardt, Jr Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (internal code F139) a 2-seat Gran Turismo, to replace the 575M Maranello in 2006 as a 2007 model debuted at the Geneva Motor Show Read more…

2006

16 years ago

His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO Mubadala Development Company and Victor Muller, CEO Spyker Cars, unveiled the Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris at the 76th Salon International de l’Auto in Geneva Read more…

2006

16 years ago

General Motors Corp Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Carl Edwards won his 2nd Sprint Cup race in 6 days by holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr at Las Vegas Read more…

2015

7 years ago

In Switzerland the large family car Volkswagen Passat was voted car of the year by European automotive editors at the Geneva International Motor Show Read more…

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