May 17th


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1889

133 years ago

The Austrian Automobile Association (ARBO) was organised Read more…

1890

132 years ago

Emile Levassor married Louise Sarazin, the widow of Edouard Sarazin and the French distributor of Daimler engines Read more…

1904

118 years ago

Clement Smith and Terry Stafford were issued with a United States patent for their clutch and planetary transmission design, Read more…

1909

113 years ago

Concert pianist Josef Hofmann completed the first and only Hofmann, a large six-cylinder car built at his home in Aiken, South Carolina, US Read more…

1921

101 years ago

The Earl of Shrewsbury, the financial backer of Clement-Talbot, Ltd Read more…

1922

100 years ago

The first English woman ever to compete in a motor race, Dorothy Elizabeth Levitt (40), died Read more…

1925

97 years ago

The long-distance motor race at the Autodrome de Montlhéry, just outside of Paris, had a remarkable ending Read more…

1929

93 years ago

Construction work on the new £5 million Ford Dagenham factory began Read more…

1930

92 years ago

Rocket-powered automobile pioneer Max Valier (35) was killed in Berlin, Germany when an alcohol rocket exploded during testing Read more…

1930

92 years ago

Construction began on the new Ford-Werke AG factory in Niehl, Germany, near Cologne Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The Casablanca Grand Prix was held over fifty five laps of a four-mile circuit through the streets of Casablanca formed this event, which in the previous year had been run over a single circuit of 450 miles covering the south of Morocco Read more…

1934

88 years ago

Gordon M Buehrig filed a patent application for his automobile design that would evolve into the 1936 Cord 810 Read more…

1947

75 years ago

The first climb of the inaugural series of the British Hill Climb Championship (BHCC) was staged at Bo’ness, near Linlithgow, Scotland Read more…

1959

63 years ago

Tom Pistone, driving a 1959 Ford Thunderbird, scored his first career win in the 100-miler at Trenton Speedway, New Jersey (US) Read more…

1959

63 years ago

The 1957 USAC Stock Car champion, Jerry Unser (26) died Read more…

1962

60 years ago

The last Volvo P2101 chassis was produced Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The ‘Christmas Tree’ electronic starting system was used for the first time in drag racing in the UK, at Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire Read more…

1966

56 years ago

UK Transport Minister Barbara Castle stated that the 70 mph limit would continue until 1967 Read more…

1970

52 years ago

Cadwallader Washburn ‘Carl’ Kelsey (89), a Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Company executive, who later built the 1911-14 three-wheeled Motorette and the 1920-21 Kelsey, died Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Ever skipped a stone across a pond? Now, close your eyes and imagine that instead of a pond, it’s a tightly-bunched field of F1 cars, and instead of a stone, it’s a Tyrrell 010 from 1980 Read more…

1981

41 years ago

The Belgian Grand Prix, won by Carlos Reutemann in a Williams-Cosworth FW07C, was marred by two serious incidents involving mechanics, one fatal Read more…

1987

35 years ago

Dale Earnhardt won the third running of NASCAR’s All-Star Race, executing the famed “Pass in the Grass” after clashing with Geoffrey Bodine and Bill Elliott in the final 10-lap segment at Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina, US Read more…

1987

35 years ago

The Belgian Grand Prix was held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa Read more…

1987

35 years ago

After two mostly uneventful runnings, in 1987, a new format was introduced for NASCAR’s all-star event, The Winston at Charlotte Motor Speedway Read more…

1992

30 years ago

Nigel Mansell gained the 26th Grand Prix win of his racing career at Imola, San Marino, becoming the most successful British driver in Grand Prix races, and the fourth worldwide Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Al Unser Sr Read more…

1996

26 years ago

IndyCar veteran Scott Brayton (40) won pole position for the 1996 Indianapolis 500 but was killed after a tyre deflation caused his car to crash into a retaining wall during a practice run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Troy Ruttman (67), a Southern California hot-rodder who in 1952 became the youngest driver to win the Indianapolis 500, died in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, US Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Ford announced that all of its pickup trucks would be Low Emission Vehicles, starting with F-Series trucks in model year 2000 Read more…

2000

22 years ago

PSA Peugeot Citröen rolled out the 5000th electric car, a white Citroën Saxo, produced at the Heuliez assembly plant in Cerizay, France Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Ford donated $10 million to Northwestern University for new Engineering Design Center Read more…

2003

19 years ago

A double-decker bus carrying German tourists crashed on a highway near Lyon, France killing 28 and injuring 46 passengers Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Toyota Motor Company announced its plans to produce a petrol (gasoline)-electric hybrid version of its bestselling Camry model Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Nissan released the Atlas 20 hybrid truck in Japan Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Vauxhall announced the loss of 900 jobs from Ellesmere Port’s 3,000 staff, part of significant worldwide staff reductions by General Motors Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Andy Warhol’s 1963 painting Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I), depicting an overturned car on fire, was sold for $71.7 million (£36.3 million) in New York Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Officials at the largest Honda auto engine plant in the world celebrated the 15 millionth engine produced since Honda of America Manufacturing Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, North Carolina, US Read more…

2010

12 years ago

The US Treasury Department received a $1 Read more…

2014

8 years ago

The first British Electric Motorcycle Land Speed Record was set at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire by Sam Green with Saietta R, a British electric urban sports road motorcycle brand, and in partnership with Darvill Racing team Read more…

2015

7 years ago

Gunfire erupted in Waco, Texas, US when a fight broke out between multiple motorcycle clubs (MC) at a Twin Peaks Restaurant Read more…

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