May 1st


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1883

139 years ago

Count Albert de Dion received a patent for a steam generator, the first of 394 patents issued to him or to his company Read more…

1898

124 years ago

The first recorded fatality in a motor race occurred Read more…

1901

121 years ago

The first Pierce Motorette was completed Read more…

1901

121 years ago

The world’s first postage stamp featuring an automobile was issued in Buffalo, New York by the United States Post Office Department as part of the Pan-American commemorative series – the vignette of the 4c stamp is unidentifiable, but is widely thought to be a Columbia electric Read more…

1905

117 years ago

Vermont (US) issued the state’s first automobile license to Charles C Warren of Waterbury for his Packard Read more…

1911

111 years ago

The gates at Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened for practice for the first Indianapolis 500 Read more…

1914

108 years ago

A H M J Ward, an electrical engineer and brother-in-law of W O and H M Bentley, joined the board of Bentley and Bentley Ltd Read more…

1915

107 years ago

Ford began the practice of using identity car numbers and engine numbers on its Model T assembly line Read more…

1916

106 years ago

The Sterling-New York, a low priced roadster, designed by Joseph A Anglada, was introduced Read more…

1917

105 years ago

The first Nelson automobile was completed in Detroit by the E Read more…

1924

98 years ago

The MG octagon was registered as a trademark by Morris Garages Read more…

1924

98 years ago

The Federal-Mogul Corporation was incorporated in Michigan as a merger of the Muzzy-Lyon Company and the Federal Bearing & Bushing Corporation Read more…

1924

98 years ago

Prince Edward Island, Canada switched from driving on the left to driving on the right Read more…

1924

98 years ago

DMG entered into an Agreement of Mutual Interest with Karl Benz’s Benz & Cie that would be valid until the year 2000 Read more…

1925

97 years ago

Ettore Bugatti registered the slogan Le Pur Sangre Des Automobiles, and the thoroughbred racing horse profile, as French trademarks Read more…

1926

96 years ago

Harry Hartz drove a Miller to victory in a 300 mile AAA Championship race that inaugurated the 1 Read more…

1926

96 years ago

Great Britain’s 33 and one-third levy on luxury imports to help pay for the war, the “McKenna Duties”, was extended to include commercial vehicles Read more…

1926

96 years ago

The Ford Motor Company became one of the first companies in America to adopt a five-day, 40-hour week for workers in its automotive factories Read more…

1931

91 years ago

Herbert Frood (66), English inventor of brake pads, died Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The Ford Model A Deluxe Pickup was introduced Read more…

1933

89 years ago

The Marmon Motor Car Company was declared bankrupt Read more…

1937

85 years ago

The Campbell Circuit at Brooklands for road racing was officially opened Read more…

1939

83 years ago

The 6,000,000th Ford V-8 was produced Read more…

1941

81 years ago

The electric microcar the Peugeot VLV was formally announced Read more…

1942

80 years ago

Hino Motors Ltd Read more…

1946

76 years ago

The first post-World War II Chevrolet truck with chrome trim was produced, reflecting the easing of wartime restrictions Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Cadillac discontinued its low priced Series 61, which had replaced the LaSalle in 1941 Read more…

1953

69 years ago

Ed Cole hired Zora Arkus-Duntov as the Corvette’s first chief engineer Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Britons Stirling Moss and racing journalist and navigator Denis Jenkinson won the Mille Miglia in a Mercedes 300SLR Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Buck Baker drove his Buick to victory in the 100-miler at Charlotte, Virginia, US as two-time champion Herb Thomas was injured in a spill on lap 42 Read more…

1957

65 years ago

A fully-synchronized four-speed transmission was first made available on the 1957 model Corvette, as a US$188 Read more…

1959

63 years ago

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company in Oakland California adopted the policy of placing the orange safety cones at left front and the left rear corners of service truck while parked on the street to increase visibility and safety for the workers Read more…

1959

63 years ago

Jerry Unser suffered very serious injuries in a crash during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The Maidenhead bypass opened Read more…

1962

60 years ago

The original A1(M) Stevenage Bypass (England) opened Read more…

1963

59 years ago

Stirling Moss drove a race car for the first time in over a year – since a crash that nearly killed him – in a test session at Goodwood, England Read more…

1963

59 years ago

Graham Hill passed his rookie test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500 Read more…

1963

59 years ago

Arjay Miller was elected Ford Company president Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Lee Roy Yarbrough drove to his first career NASCAR GN victory, winning the ‘Savannah 200’ on the 1/2 mile dirt Savannah Speedway Read more…

1965

57 years ago

The application form for a driving or motorcycle licence was revised Read more…

1968

54 years ago

The International R series truck line was discontinued after 18 years of production Read more…

1969

53 years ago

The Porsche 917 was formally approved for competition by the FIA Read more…

1972

50 years ago

At the Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama, In his Lotus, Emerson Fittipaldi came from his 4th place starting position to win in a time of 2:03:41 Read more…

1975

47 years ago

The Vauxhall Chevette, Britain’s first production small hatchback, which was similar in concept to the Italian Fiat 127 and French Renault 5, went on sale, prices starting at £1,593 Read more…

1978

44 years ago

The Arena Essex Raceway, a quarter mile stock car and speedway racing track located near Purfleet, Essex (UK), built in the remains of an old cement works overspill site, opened Read more…

1980

42 years ago

AMC marked the 25th anniversary of the Nash-Hudson merger with “Silver Anniversary” editions of the AMC Concord and Jeep CJ in two-tone silver (Jeeps then accounted for around 50% of the company’s sales and most of its profits); and introduced “LeCar”, a U Read more…

1983

39 years ago

Richard Petty picked up career win number 197 in the Winston 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway Read more…

1983

39 years ago

San Marino Grand Prix at Imola was won by Patrick Tambay in a Ferrari 126C2B , who dedicated his win to the man he replaced in the Ferrari team, the late Gilles Villeneuve Read more…

1984

38 years ago

The Toyo Kogyo Company Ltd, changed its name to the Mazda Motor Corporation Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Race car driver Bill Elliott set a stock car speed record with his Ford Thunderbird in Talladega, Alabama Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Ayrton Senna won the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola Read more…

1990

32 years ago

UK Driving Test Examiners were advised to give failed candidates a brief explanation of faults committed during the test, plus advice on areas for improvement Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Dale Earnhardt fended off Ernie Irvan’s late-race charge to win the Winston Select 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Alabama, US Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Three-time Formula One champion Ayrton Senna (34) died during the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy, of injuries he sustained after his car went off the track, slid across a long grassy area, and hit a concrete wall at 135 mph Read more…

1995

27 years ago

A total of 2,278 VW Beetles took part in a parade organised by the Volkswagen Aflicioado Club of Brazil on a race track near Sao Paulo, Brazil Read more…

2002

20 years ago

The 500,000th Ranger Rover was produced at the company’s Solihull manufacturing plant Read more…

2002

20 years ago

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that the groundbreaking SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) Barrier was in place in all four of the Speedway oval’s corners for the beginning of practice for the 86th Indianapolis 500 Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Chairman of General Motors Jack Smith retired, succeeded by Rick Wagoner Read more…

2003

19 years ago

The all-New Bristol Fighter was revealed at the manufacturers’ Kensington Showrooms in London Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Vauxhall celebrated century of building cars in the UK with “100 hours of spectacular deals” over the Bank Holiday weekend Read more…

2004

18 years ago

The all-new Toyota Corolla Verso model went on sale in the UK Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Jeff Gordon survived an accident-filled day and scored his second straight win in the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway Read more…

2007

15 years ago

A fully automated road-charging system called a Controlled Vehicular Access (CVA) was launched in Malta’s capital city of Valletta, reducing the number of vehicles entering the city each day from 10,000 to 7,900 Read more…

2008

14 years ago

The speed limit in the Hsuehshan Tunnel, Taiwan, located on the Taipei-Yilan Freeway (Taiwan National Highway No Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Kyle Busch outran Carl Edwards on a late race restart to win the NASCAR Xfinity (Nationwide) Series Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond Raceway Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The M10 was downgraded to an A road, and designated as part of the A414 Read more…

2010

12 years ago

Kyle Busch dominated the first half of the race but had to rally back with a pass by Jeff Gordon on the night’s final restart to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond Raceway Read more…

2013

9 years ago

Electric car maker Coda Holdings Inc Read more…

2016

6 years ago

Brad Keselowski scored his fourth Talladega Superspeedway win in a crash-filled GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race Read more…

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