May 30th


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1883

139 years ago

A rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge, New York, US was going to collapse caused a stampede that killed 12 Read more…

1896

126 years ago

Cosmopolitan magazine organised a 104 mile race from Manhattan to Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, and back, with a grand prize of $3,000 Read more…

1896

126 years ago

The first motor car accident occurred in New York City Read more…

1897

125 years ago

The Erie & Sturgis gasoline carriage designed and built by James Philip Erie and Samuel D Sturgis was given its first test drive in Los Angeles, California Read more…

1897

125 years ago

The first Winton, the first American-built automobile was publicly demonstrated with a one mile test run in Cleveland, Ohio, US Read more…

1897

125 years ago

Barney Oldfield driving the Ford 999 at the Empire City Track in New York City, defeated Charles Wridgway in a 40 hp Peerless, in the process becoming the first US citizen to hit 60 mph and breaking the record set just hours earlier by F E Stanley Read more…

1897

125 years ago

The first of the streamlined Stanley ‘Wogglebug’ racers made its debut at the Readville Track near Boston, Massachusetts, US Read more…

1903

119 years ago

The first American motorcycle hill climb was held at Riverdale in New York state Read more…

1908

114 years ago

A Great Chadwick Six driven by Willi Haupt became the first supercharged car to win a speed hillclimb, when it broke the record at Giant’s Despair, Pennsylvania, covering the one mile climb in 1 minute 38 Read more…

1911

111 years ago

Ray Harroun won the inaugural Indianapolis 500, averaging 74 Read more…

1912

110 years ago

Ralph DePalma’s Mercedes broke its connecting rod after leading 196 laps Read more…

1913

109 years ago

French born Jules Goux driving a Peugeot L76 recorded a 13 minute, 8 second victory over second place Spencer Wishart in the Indianapolis 500 Read more…

1914

108 years ago

France took its second consecutive Indianapolis 500 victory, this time with René Thomas Read more…

1914

108 years ago

Sydney S Guy registered Guy Motors Limited Read more…

1916

106 years ago

The 6th International 300-Mile Sweepstakes Race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Read more…

1919

103 years ago

Col Jesse G Vincent drove a Packard Twin Six as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 – a special Packard with a 299-cid V-12 driven by Ralph DePalma finished 6th, the only time a V-12 engined car finished this race Read more…

1921

101 years ago

Indianapolis 500 was won by Tommy Milton Read more…

1922

100 years ago

Jimmy Murphy became the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 from pole position Read more…

1923

99 years ago

Despite suffering loss of circulation and blistering in his hands due to shrinkage of his tight-fitting, ‘White Kid’ gloves, Tommy Milton became the first driver to win the Indianpolis 500 twice Read more…

1924

98 years ago

Lora Lawrence Corum started the Indianapolis 500 in the #15 entry, and was relieved during the race by Joe Boyer Read more…

1925

97 years ago

Ralph DePalma’s nephew, and former riding mechanic, Peter DePaolo won the Indy 500 Read more…

1927

95 years ago

Rookie George Souders won the Indianapolis 500 by eight laps, the largest margin since 1913 Read more…

1928

94 years ago

Jimmy Gleason had a good lead in the Indianapolis 500 when he stopped for water for the radiator on lap 195 Read more…

1929

93 years ago

Louis Meyer stalled on his final pitstop at the Indianapolis 500, handing the race to Ray Keech, who was killed in a racing crash just two weeks after the ‘500’ Read more…

1930

92 years ago

Billy Arnold took the lead on lap three at the Indianapolis 500 and was never headed again Read more…

1931

91 years ago

Indianapolis 500 1930 winner Billy Arnold was 5 laps ahead on lap 162 when his rear axle broke causing him to crash Read more…

1932

90 years ago

Fred Frame won the Indianapolis 500 from 27th starting position, and was the eighth different leader of the race, a record at the time Read more…

1933

89 years ago

The largest Indianapolis 500 field to date with 42 starters Read more…

1935

87 years ago

The newly introduced yellow ‘caution’ light, requiring drivers to slow and hold position, made its first appearance in the Indianapolis 500 race, to eventual race winner Kelly Petillo’s advantage as many of the late laps are disrupted by rain, neutralising Petillo’s race long battle with Rex Mays and Wilbur Shaw Read more…

1936

86 years ago

Louis Meyer becomes the first driver to win a third time at Indianapolis 500 Read more…

1938

84 years ago

Floyd Roberts driving the ill-fated Burd Piston Ring Special, dominated to win the Indianapolis 500 by three laps Read more…

1939

83 years ago

Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Floyd Roberts (39), driving the same car he drove into victory circle in 1938, died in a crash coming off the second turn onto the backstretch on lap 107 Read more…

1940

82 years ago

Wilbur Shaw sets up a commanding lead at Indianapolis 500 until rain bought out the caution for the last 50 laps and guided Shaw to his third victory, and the first by a driver in consecutive years Read more…

1941

81 years ago

Floyd Davis’ car was relieved by Mauri Rose, who went on to win the Indianapolis 500 Read more…

1946

76 years ago

Tony Hulman, the new Speedway President presided over his first Indianapolis 500 race, won by George Robson Read more…

1947

75 years ago

Bill Holland led 143 laps of the Indianapolis 500 before being overtaken by team mate Mauri Rose Read more…

1948

74 years ago

Veteran driver Paul Pappy outran 19-year-old rookie Fireball Roberts to win the 40-lap Modified championship race at Jacksonville Read more…

1949

73 years ago

On the empty Ostend-Jabbeke motorway in Belgium, a prototype Jaguar XK120 timed by the officials of the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium achieved an average of runs in opposing directions of 132 Read more…

1949

73 years ago

After two years of failures to his teammate, Bill Holland finally won the Indianapolis 500 for himself, giving Lou Moore his third consecutive victory Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Post-war petrol rationing had just come to an end in the UK and so, after a decade, motorists were finally able to use their cars as frequently as they liked should they be fortunate enough to possess one Read more…

1950

72 years ago

The fifth race of the 1950 NASCAR season was run at Canfield Speedway in Canfield, Ohio, US Read more…

1951

71 years ago

Lee Wallard in a Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser won the Indianapolis 500 Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Herb Thomas, a 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, drove a Fabulous Hudson Hornet to victory in the Poor Man’s 500 at Canfield (Ohio, US) Speedway Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Bill Vukovich led for 150 laps at the Indianapolis 500 until his steering pin broke and he crashed on lap 192 Read more…

1953

69 years ago

The one-mile superspeedway in Raleigh, North Carolina, US, joined NASCAR and presented a Memorial Day 300-miler Read more…

1953

69 years ago

On the hottest day on record for the running of the Indianapolis 500, Bill Vukovich led for 195 laps and cruised to a win by nearly three laps over 1952 rookie of the year Art Cross Read more…

1955

67 years ago

After two wins and leading 485 laps out of a possible 656 (74%), Bill Vukovich (36) was killed on lap 57 of the Indy 500 after crashing out of the lead Read more…

1956

66 years ago

The AAA dropped out of sanctioning racing after the 1955 Vukovich crash at the Indianapolis 500 and public outcry that briefly followed, and the tragedy at Le Mans that same year Read more…

1957

65 years ago

After thirteen years of trying, Sam Hanks finally won the Indianapolis 500, and then, amidst tears, became the second winner, after Ray Harroun in 1911, to announce his retirement in victory lane Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Fireball Roberts drove his Chevrolet to a big win in the 500-mile NASCAR Grand National race at Trenton, New Jersey (US) Read more…

1958

64 years ago

A huge wreck in turn three on the opening lap of the Indianapolis 500 wiped out several cars, and driver Pat O’Connor was fatally injured Read more…

1959

63 years ago

A record sixteen cars finished the entire Indianapolis 500 miles as Rodger Ward held off Jim Rathmann for the win Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward took the lead from three-time runner up Jim Rathmann on lap 194 but slowed with tyre trouble and Rathmann retook the lead on lap 197 to win Read more…

1961

61 years ago

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1962

60 years ago

A historic pole day at Indianpolis as Parnelli Jones broke the 150 mph barrier in qualifying Read more…

1963

59 years ago

Parnelli Jones won the Indianapolis 500 despite his car (nicknamed “Calhoun”) spewing oil from a broken tank for many laps Read more…

1964

58 years ago

A tragic day as fan favorite Eddie Sachs and rookie Dave MacDonald were killed in a fiery crash on lap 2 of the Indy 500 Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Paul Hawkins crashed into the harbour during the Monaco Grand Prix at Monte Carlo, which was won by Graham Hill driving a BRM P261 Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Jackie Stewart led the Indianapolis 500 by over a lap when his oil pressure dropped too low on lap 192 and his car stalled Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The Mazda 110S Cosmos, the world’s first two-rotor rotary engine production car, was officially launched with NSU rotors, beating even NSU’s own Ro 80 to market by 3.5 months Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The Indianapolis 500 was stopped on lap 19 due to rain and completed the next day (May 31) Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Robert “Evel” Knievel on his motorcycle jumped 16 automobiles Read more…

1968

54 years ago

On lap 174 of the Indianapolis 500 Lloyd Ruby’s engine misfired allowing Joe Leonard’s STP Lotus turbine into the lead Read more…

1970

52 years ago

Al Unser won his first Indianapolis 500 driving the Johnny Lightning Special Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Diamond Reo Trucks Inc was declared bankrupt Read more…

1976

46 years ago

The Monaco Grand Prix was contested over 78 laps of the 3 Read more…

1976

46 years ago

Rain stopped the Indianapolis 500 on lap 102 Read more…

1978

44 years ago

The 20,000,000th Oldsmobile was produced Read more…

1982

40 years ago

Gordon Johncock, who had previously won the rain-shortened 1973 race, was the winner of the Indy 500 Read more…

1986

36 years ago

A tour bus plunged into a river in California killing 21 Read more…

1993

29 years ago

Dale Earnhardt overcame three penalties, one for rough driving, to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina (US) Read more…

1993

29 years ago

Emerson Fittipaldi won the 77th Indianapolis 500, after taking the lead with 16 laps to go, at an average speed of 157 Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Béla Barényi (90), the father of passive safety in automobiles, who developed the concept of the crumple zone, non-deformable passenger cell, collapsible steering column etc Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Nidia and Patricio Leal were killed when their Ford Explorer skidded into a ditch near Brownsville, Texas, US following the unraveling of a Firestone tire Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Both McLaren’s finally made it to the end of the Spanish Grand Prix with Mika Hakkinen winning from David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher third Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Kenny Brack won the 83rd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, which marked the 90th Anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Read more…

2001

21 years ago

The European Commission fined Europe’s biggest carmaker Volkswagen 30 Read more…

2004

18 years ago

As Michael Schumacher won the European Grand Prix easily (the standard for 2004), Takuma Sato was providing all the excitement Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Buddy Rice won a rain-shortened 88th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race for team owners Bobby Rahal, the 1986 “500” winner, and late-night talk show host Dave Letterman, an Indianapolis native Read more…

2010

12 years ago

At the Turkish Grand Prix an epic four-way fight at the front between the two Red Bull and the two McLaren drivers ended in huge controversy Read more…

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