May 20th


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1899

123 years ago

Jacob German (26), operator of a taxicab for the Electric Vehicle Company, became the first driver to be arrested for speeding in the US when he was stopped by Bicycle Roundsman Schueller for driving at the “breakneck” speed of 12mph on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan Read more…

1903

119 years ago

The first commercial vehicle race began in New York City, with two races on two days sponsored by the Automobile Club of America (ACA) Read more…

1904

118 years ago

The first Buick engine was successfully tested Read more…

1904

118 years ago

Léon Théry won the Gordon Bennett Elimination Trial at Argonne, France, driving a Richard-Brasier 80 hp car Read more…

1905

117 years ago

The first races are stage at the Hippodrome in Morris Park, Bronx, New York, US Read more…

1907

115 years ago

The Hatfield Motor Vehicle Company of Miamisburg, Ohio, US registered the ‘Buggyabout’ name as a trademark Read more…

1920

102 years ago

Sir Henry Segrave, driving his 1914 Opel 1 Read more…

1927

95 years ago

The first Austin Swallow was completed, becoming the first direct lineal ancestor of what would become known as the Jaguar marque Read more…

1948

74 years ago

The Playboy Motor Car Corporation went public, offering twenty million shares of common stock at $1 per share Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Juan Manuel Fangio won the Monaco Grand Prix in an Alfa Romeo 158, the first of 24 Formula 1 Grand Prix victories Read more…

1952

70 years ago

John William Lambert (92), the American automotive pioneer and inventor, who built America’s first successful automobile in 1891 according to Antique Automobile and the Encyclopædia Britannica, died Read more…

1953

69 years ago

The Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn was dedicated by President Dwight D Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Buck Baker started from the pole position and won the Virginia 500 by half a lap at Martinsville Speedway, Virginia, US Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The last Volvo Sport 2-seat sports cars was produced Read more…

1958

64 years ago

The Austin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite was announced to the press by BMC in Monte Carlo, just before the start of that year’s Monaco Grand Prix Read more…

1959

63 years ago

Ford won the battle with Chrysler to call its new car “Falcon” Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The Ford Motor Company completed a highly modified stretch Lincoln Continental convertible saloon for the US Secret Service to use as a presidential limousine Read more…

1962

60 years ago

The Dutch Grand Prix held at Zandvoort was won by Graham Hill driving a BRM P57 Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Enzo Ferrari abruptly pulled out of a near-agreement with the Ford Motor Company for the takeover of his firm, an event often cited as the catalyst through which an angry Henry Ford II authorised Ford’s return to racing Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Bill Holland (76), winner of the 1949 Indianapolis 500, died in Tucson, Arizona, US Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Toddington services opened on the M1 between junctions 11 and 12, near Dunstable in Bedfordshire Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Edgar Barth (48), German driver, winner of the 1959, 1963 and 1964 European Mountain Championships (Hillclimb) for Porsche and also the 1959 Targa Florio, died Read more…

1973

49 years ago

The Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder was won by Jackie Stewart driving a Tyrrell-Cosworth 006 Read more…

1984

38 years ago

The 5th French and 6th and last ever World Championship Grand Prix was held at the 3 Read more…

1987

35 years ago

The American Motors Corporation approved Chrysler Corporation’s purchase offer Read more…

1994

28 years ago

The Rolls-Royce Flying Spur was introduced, as the fastest vehicle the brand had ever made Read more…

1994

28 years ago

The last Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz models were built at Kansas City (Missouri) Assembly Plant, US Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Irish rock band U2 caused traffic chaos in Kansas City, Missouri after they paid for traffic control to close down five lanes so they could shoot the video for ‘Last Night on Earth’ Read more…

2000

22 years ago

As hundreds of NASCAR fans left a stock car race at Lowes Motor Speedway (Charlotte Motor Speedway), North Carolina (US) and were crossing a pedestrian bridge to the parking lot, two loud cracks were heard Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp Read more…

2007

15 years ago

The record Le Mans-winning 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rosa Spyder was auctioned by RM Auctions and Sotherby’s for €6,875,000 Read more…

2007

15 years ago

It was reported that US petrol prices had hit a record high of $3 Read more…

2015

7 years ago

Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte and Jerry Cook were inducted in to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Read more…

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