May 22nd


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1897

125 years ago

The western Blackwall Tunnel, part of the A102, designed by Sir Alexander Binnie and built by S Read more…

1899

123 years ago

Plain Dealer reporter Charles Shanks first used the French word “automobile” in a series of articles he wrote about a road trip with car magnate Alexander Winton from Cleveland to New York Read more…

1899

123 years ago

The 80 km Bologna-Poggio-Renatico-Malalbergo-Bologna road race was won by Emilio Laporte in 2 hours 23 minutes driving a Orio & Marchand Read more…

1909

113 years ago

The grounds of Palace House, Beaulieu, where the Montagu Motor Museum is situated was used for a quarter-of-a-mile hillclimb by the RAC Read more…

1913

109 years ago

Guido Bigio (31), italian racing car driver and founder of the Turin-based Itala car manufacturer (with Matteo Ceirano and others), died in an accident, testing an Itala two months before the 1913 French Grand Prix Read more…

1932

90 years ago

From the elite of 16 international drivers only five finished the AVUS-Rennen, the fastest high-speed race in Europe Read more…

1933

89 years ago

Manfred von Brauchitsch won the AVUS race in Berlin with a Mercedes-Benz SSKL, setting a 200 km/h (124 mph) world record for the class Read more…

1934

88 years ago

ERA’s first raced at Brooklands Read more…

1935

87 years ago

Luigi Fagioli drove a Mercedes-Benz W25 to victory in the Monoco Grand Prix Read more…

1950

72 years ago

The Nash-Kelvinator Corporation registered the ‘Rambler’ and ‘Statesman’ names as trademarks Read more…

1953

69 years ago

Volvo introduced the Philip prototype, a large sedan looking very much like the US-built Kaiser Read more…

1955

67 years ago

French driver Maurice Trintignant driving a Ferrari 625 won the Monaco Grand Prix Read more…

1959

63 years ago

Lee Petty won the 100-mile race at Charlotte, North Carolina, US in an Oldsmobile, the last victory for the marque until 1978, Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort was won by Wolfgang von Trips in a Ferrari 156 Read more…

1966

56 years ago

The 24th Monaco Grand Prix was run, the first of a new era for Formula One, the ‘return to power’ as engine regulations were altered from 1 Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Marvin Panch scores his final victory in NASCAR’s premier series in unusual fashion, with Richard Petty taking over his car in relief and driving to the checkered flag in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina, US Read more…

1977

45 years ago

Jody Scheckter won the Monaco Grand Prix, the 100th victory for the Cosworth DFV engine Read more…

1977

45 years ago

Janet Guthrie from Iowa, became the first female to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Former Managing Director of the Birmingham Small Arms Company group of companies (BSA) from the early 1940s until 1956, and Chairman of the Daimler Motor Company, Sir Bernard Docker (81), died Read more…

1983

39 years ago

The first Belgian Grand Prix race to be held on the modern Spa circuit was won by Alain Prost driving a Renault RE40 Read more…

1985

37 years ago

The South African Motor Corporation, more commonly known as Samcor, was a South African car manufacturer created in 1985 through the merger of Ford Motor Company of Canada’s South African subsidiary and Sigma (previously known as Amcar – American Motors Corporation), which produced Mazdas for the local market Read more…

1991

31 years ago

Nearly six months after the breakthrough in the Channel Tunnel service tunnel, the breakthrough in the North rail tunnel was achieved Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Ford Motor Co Read more…

2005

17 years ago

The Monaco Grand Prix at Monte Carlo was won by polesitter and McLaren-Mercedes MP4-20 driver, Kimi Räikkönen Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Renault Trucks took over ACMAT Read more…

2007

15 years ago

NASCAR announced that the new car would be used full time in 2008 Read more…

2011

11 years ago

Saudi authorities re-arrested activist Manal al-Sherif for defying a ban on female drivers Read more…

2011

11 years ago

Despite making an epic start to go from fourth to first by Turn 1 at the Spanish Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari lacked pace and he slipped to fifth by the end, a lap behind race-winner Sebastian Vettel Read more…

2012

10 years ago

Zenos Cars, a British automotive company that produces high-performance, light-weight sports cars, was founded Read more…

2020

2 years ago

Car rental company Hertz filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid the global economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic Read more…

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