May 11th


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1898

124 years ago

(11th-12th): The 357 mile (574 km) road race between Paris and Bordeaux was won by René de Knyff in a Panhard Read more…

1900

122 years ago

The first competitive English sprint race held at Welbeck Park as part of the Thousands Miles Trial was won by Hon Charles S Rolls, driving a Panhard Read more…

1904

118 years ago

The first Isle of Man speed trial was held on a half-mile hill as part of the eliminating trials for that year’s Gordon Bennett Cup Race Read more…

1908

114 years ago

Henry Ford informed William C Durant of his terms to add the Ford Motor Company to Durant’s General Motors, but lack of cash caused that deal and a similar one with Ransom E Olds of Reo to fall through Read more…

1908

114 years ago

The Ohio (US) Secretary of State required all automobiles to be registered and display state-issued license plates Read more…

1915

107 years ago

The trademark Volvo (which is Latin for I roll) was first registered by the ball bearing maker SKF, with the intention to use it for a special series of ball bearing for the American market (however in the application for the trademark, it was also designated for the purpose of automobiles), but it was never used for this purpose Read more…

1916

106 years ago

Charles Kettering and Edward Deeds agreed to sell their Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (Delco) to the United Motors Corporation, a holding company founded by William C Read more…

1920

102 years ago

The 4,000,000th Ford Model T was produced Read more…

1927

95 years ago

Packard officially entered the custom-bodied market with a New York City exhibit of nine cars by six coachbuilders Read more…

1929

93 years ago

The Junior Car Club Double Twelve race at Brooklands (8 a Read more…

1945

77 years ago

The United States government authorised the production of 40,000 passenger cars for ‘priority users’ Read more…

1947

75 years ago

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1947

75 years ago

Ferrari made its independent racing debut at a race in Piacenza, Italy Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Giuseppe Farina won the Naples Grand Prix on a works Ferrari 500F2 from teammate Piero Taruffi and the private Ferrari 166F2/50 of Gianfranco Comotti, who was no less than 5 laps down Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The Hindustan Landmaster, a badge-engineered variant of the Morris Oxford Series II, was introduced by Hindustan Motors Ltd, of Calcutta, India Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The Autostacker, an automated multi-storey car park situated above a car showroom, workshop and petrol station in Woolwich, south-east London, was officially opened by Princess Margaret Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Jacques Swaters purchased from the Ferrari factory the last 250 GTO built Read more…

1975

47 years ago

The Monaco Grand Prix was won by Austrian driver Niki Lauda giving the new Ferrari 312T its first win Read more…

1978

44 years ago

The 2,000,000th Chevrolet Camaro was produced, a gold coupe driven off the Van Nuys, California , US assembly line by General Manager Robert D Lund Read more…

1985

37 years ago

Duane ‘Pancho’ Carter grabbed the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Alain Prost won the Monaco Grand Prix held on the streets of Monte Carlo, driving a McLaren-TAG Porsche MP4/2C Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Christie’s sold an Alfa Romeo 8C-35 for $2,850,000 at an auction in Monte Carlo, a record for a Grand Prix car Read more…

1993

29 years ago

The US Senate approved the so-called “motor voter” bill, designed to make voter registration easier Read more…

1997

25 years ago

The Monaco Grand Prix contested over 62 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher for the Scuderia Ferrari team after starting from second position Read more…

2006

16 years ago

George Michael was involved in his second minor car crash in a month after a tabloid photographer found Michael asleep in his parked car in central London Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Englishman Marek Turowski drove a motorised sofa, designed and built by the Auto Trader TV show presenter Edd China, reaching 92 mph on the 2-mile-long Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome runway in Leicestershire, England. Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Felipe Massa confirmed that he really was the king of Istanbul Park, Turkey with his third consecutive pole and victory, with Lewis Hamilton finishing second and Kimi Raikkonen third Read more…

2014

8 years ago

Lewis Hamilton just about fended off Nico Rosberg to narrowly win the Spanish GP – Rosberg had been all over the back of Hamilton in the closing stages but unable to pass, losing out by just six-tenths of a second Read more…

2017

5 years ago

The one-millionth Porsche 911 model rolled off the production line – a Carrera S in the special colour “Irish Green”, with numerous exclusive features following the original 911 from 1963 Read more…

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