May 13th


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1897

125 years ago

The Pope Manufacturing Company unveiled its first automobiles in what is often cited as the world’s first automotive press preview Read more…

1899

123 years ago

The five-day old Olds Motor Works purchased a factory site in Detroit, US as part of a planned relocation from Lansing, Michigan, US Read more…

1900

122 years ago

Friz Held driving a Benz won the Mannheim-Pforzheim-Mannheim road race Read more…

1915

107 years ago

H F S Morgan was issued with a British patent for a four-wheeled version of the three-wheeled Morgan, but actual production was shelved due to World War I Read more…

1923

99 years ago

The racing debut of Tatra was successful as Josef Vermirovsky won the Ledec Alej flying kilometre in Brno, Czechoslovakia driving a T11 Read more…

1926

96 years ago

Renwick & Bertelli Ltd Read more…

1934

88 years ago

“Eric Lora” and 6 spectators died, many more were injured, when his Bugatti ran into the crowd at Fontainebleau in France Read more…

1938

84 years ago

The Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company was liquidated Read more…

1949

73 years ago

Clarence Willard Avery (67), a driving force behind Ford Motor Company’s moving assembly line, died Read more…

1950

72 years ago

The very first round of the Formula One World Championship was held on the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, England Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Chico Landi in a Ferrari 125C F1 won the Saõ Paulo Grand Prix held at Interlagos Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Race 2 of 8 in the 1956 World Championship of Drivers was held in Monaco Read more…

1958

64 years ago

During a goodwill trip through Latin America, American vice president Richard Nixon’s car was attacked by an angry crowd and nearly overturned while travelling through Caracas, Venezuela Read more…

1958

64 years ago

‘Breathalyser’, the brand name for the instrument developed by inventor Robert Frank Borkenstein 1912-2002), for estimating blood alcohol content (BAC) from a breath sample, was registered as a trademark Read more…

1960

62 years ago

American driver Harry Schell (38) died in practice for the non-championship International Trophy event at Silverstone in 1960, when he crashed his Cooper at Abbey Curve Read more…

1961

61 years ago

Eddie Sachs, of Center Valley, Pennsylvania, US, became the 3rd driver in Indy 500 history to win the pole for consecutive races by qualifying at 147 Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Edoardo Lualdi drove a Ferrari 250 GTO to victory in the Coppa Asiago in Stay Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Darel Dieringer led 178 of 250 laps to cruise to victory in the Independent 250, the only race for NASCAR’s premier series at Starlite Speedway in Monroe, North Carolina, US Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Over 100,000 people attended the burial of racing driver Lorenzo Bandini who had died from injuries sustained from an horrific crash at the Monaco Grand Prix Read more…

1971

51 years ago

Mark Donohue recorded the first sub-50 second lap (49 Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Joie Chitwood, Texas-born race car driver, set a world record when he drove a Chevette 5 Read more…

1979

43 years ago

At the Belgium Grand Prix in Zolder, Ferrari driver, Jody Schecter came from seventh on the grid to win in a time of 1:39:59 over polesitter, Jacques Laffite in the Ligier Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Douglas A Read more…

1986

36 years ago

The Jeep Wrangler was introduced as a 1987 model, replacing the Jeep CJ Read more…

1987

35 years ago

The Standard Oil Company of Ohio and BP North America Inc Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Italian driver Riccardo Patrese driving a Williams FW13B won the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Duncan Hamilton (74), British amateur racing driver who famously won Le Mans 24 Hours, died Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Tony Stewart won the Indiana Sprint Classic at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, US Read more…

2000

22 years ago

The former Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder’s Volkswagen Corrado was found abandoned after being stolen and used as the getaway car in an armed robbery on a Harry Ramsden’s fish and chip restaurant in Manchester Read more…

2000

22 years ago

A bus carrying Muslim pilgrims plunged into a river in Bosnia killing 43 Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Juan Pablo Montoya led the early part of the Spanish GP and was enjoying a nice little dice with Michael Schumacher Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Fernando Alonso made a bit of an error at the first corner at the Spanish GP when he tried to pass pole-sitter Felipe Massa around the outside, only to bang wheels with the Ferrari and end up running across the gravel and dropping to fourth Read more…

2012

10 years ago

Pastor Maldonado was promoted to pole position at the Spanish GP after Lewis Hamilton was thrown out of qualifying for not having enough fuel Read more…

2018

4 years ago

Lewis Hamilton thrashed Valtteri Bottas in a slightly underwhelming Spanish GP as Max Verstappen pinched third from Sebastian Vettel Read more…

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