March 6th


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1896

126 years ago

Charles Brady King, an American engineer and entrepreneur test drove his first car in Detroit, Michigan, US in front of hundreds of spectators at speeds up to 7 mph, becoming the first man to drive a car in the Motor City Read more…

1898

124 years ago

The two-day race over a distance of 140 mile (236 km) began Read more…

1900

122 years ago

Gottlieb Daimler (65), pioneer of internal-combustion engine and motor vehicles, died Read more…

1909

113 years ago

The Hudson Motor Car Company held its first Board of Directors meeting Read more…

1909

113 years ago

North Carolina, US required all automobiles to register with the Secretary of State, except New Hanover County where motorists were required to register with the Superior Court Read more…

1915

107 years ago

Dario Resta, driving a Peugot, won the 10th Vanderbilt Cup Race at the Pan-Pacific International Speedway in San Francisco, California Read more…

1927

95 years ago

Emilio Materassi driving Bugatti T35C won the Tripoli Grand Prix Read more…

1927

95 years ago

Frank Lockhart set a one-lap record at the Culver City, California, board track of 144 Read more…

1927

95 years ago

Herbert C Harrison (50), founder of the Harrison Radiator Company, which in 1918 became part of General Motor, died in London, England Read more…

1930

92 years ago

The Italian government extended the 25 year charter given to Fiat in 1906 until 1980 Read more…

1932

90 years ago

William H Mullins (76), credited with manufacturing the first one-piece stamped automobile fender, died in Salem, Ohio, US Read more…

1934

88 years ago

Hans Stuck showed the world the speed of the brand new Auto Union, breaking 3 world records at the legendary Berlin Avus circuit (100 miles average speed 134.760 mph; 200km, average speed 134.849 mph and one hour, average speed 134.906). Read more…

1934

88 years ago

The Auto Union Type C Grand Prix car made its public debut at the Avus Track in Berlin, Germany with Hans Stuck setting a world record by covering 134 Read more…

1941

81 years ago

Pontiac’s World War II effort begins with a government order for Oerlikon anti-aircraft cannons Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Marshall Teague drove his Hudson Hornet to victory in the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt Speedway Park oval Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The 10,000th Saab car was completed Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Lee Petty surged to the lead in the 65th lap and led the rest of the 200-lap main event in the last NASCAR Grand National race at Oglethorpe Speedway in Pooler, Georgia, US Read more…

1956

66 years ago

The Renault Dauphine, designed mostly by Fernand Picard, was introduced at Le Palias de Chaillot in Paris, France Read more…

1961

61 years ago

Mini cabs were introduced by Carline in the City of London Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Visitors to the 1969 Chicago Auto Show at the International Amphitheatre continued to enjoy the annual musical stage review, which included live dancers, singers and the introduction of the latest models Read more…

1971

51 years ago

Mario Andretti in his Ferrari took top honours at the South African Grand Prix and set fastest lap of the race Read more…

1976

46 years ago

The South African Grand Prix at Kyalami saw Niki Lauda win in a Ferrari from his outside pole position over James Hunt who finished just over a second behind Read more…

1986

36 years ago

A car accident in France resulted in Formula One team principal Frank Williams sustaining a spinal cord injury and becoming tetraplegic Read more…

1986

36 years ago

The Volvo 480 coupé exhibited at the 1986 Geneva Show clearly illustrated the revival of the Swedish make Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Neil Bonnett comes from the 30th starting position to win at Rockingham Read more…

1989

33 years ago

John Bowe drove Ford Sierra to victory in the ATCC Group A race at Amaroo Park, New South Wales, Australia Read more…

1995

27 years ago

The Ferrari F50, capable of 0 to 60 mph in just 3 Read more…

1997

25 years ago

The Ford Taurus, the best-selling car in the US between 1992 and 1996, went on sale in Russia Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Mercedes-Benz celebrated the world premiere of the A-class at the Geneva International Motor Show Read more…

2003

19 years ago

The Ford Focus C-Max was unveiled at 2003 Geneva Motor Show Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Bentley Motors unveiled the production version of its new Continental GT and confirmed pricing for the fastest road going Bentley in the 84 year history of the company as €137,069 excluding tax Read more…

2003

19 years ago

The MINI One D made its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, the first series production MINI ever to feature a diesel engine Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Giancarlo Fisichella in a Renault R25 won the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The fastest speed over a quarter of a mile in Top Fuel Dragbike racing of 245 Read more…

2006

16 years ago

General Motors Corporation said it would sell a 17 Read more…

2006

16 years ago

NASCAR Chairman Brian France announced that Charlotte, North Carolina (US), had won the bidding to be the host city for a new NASCAR Hall of Fame Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Volkswagen’s new chief executive Martin Winterkorn was nominated as chairman of Swedish truck maker Scania in a new phase in the plans for a three-way tie-up with German group MAN Read more…

2007

15 years ago

The Audi A5 was unveiled simultaneously at the Geneva Motor Show and the Melbourne International Motor Show Read more…

2014

8 years ago

The 84th Geneva Auto Show opened its doors to the public Read more…

2017

5 years ago

The French-made Peugeot 3008 was voted European car of the year on the eve of the opening of the Geneva Auto Show Read more…

2017

5 years ago

French carmaker PSA announced the acquisition of General Motors’ European subsidiary, which included the Opel and Vauxhall brands, for 1 Read more…

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