May 9th


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1876

146 years ago

After 14 years of research and development Nikolaus A O Otto succeeded in creating the compressed charge internal combustion engine Read more…

1882

140 years ago

Henry John Kaiser, an American industrialist who became known as the father of modern American shipbuilding, was born Read more…

1896

126 years ago

The first horseless carriage show was held in London, featuring just 10 models Read more…

1906

116 years ago

The first Targa Florio, an open road endurance automobile race, was held in the mountains of Sicily near Palermo Read more…

1907

115 years ago

Nova Scotia in Canada issued the province’s first automobile license plate to W Read more…

1908

114 years ago

The first women’s motor race was held at Brooklands Read more…

1928

94 years ago

The Borg-Warner Corporation, a US-based worldwide automotive industry components and parts supplier, was organised in Illinois through the merger of the Borg & Beck Company, the Marvel Carburetor Company, and the Warner Gear Company Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The second day of the ‘Double 12 Hours’ at Brooklands, which was won on handicap by an MG Midget, driven in turn by the Earl of March and British aviation pioneer C Read more…

1935

87 years ago

The Duesenberg Motor Company announced that production of the Model J was over after having ‘delivered 428 new cars with a remaining 22 cars as unsold or chassis’ Read more…

1937

85 years ago

The Germans were in a class of their own at the Tripoli Grand Prix held at Mellaha Read more…

1937

85 years ago

In the largest motor race event in Finland thus far, a clash between the Alfa Romeos of Rüesch and Bjørnstad was expected in the GP class Read more…

1941

81 years ago

Walter S Cochrane (55), a design engineer with Buick (1913-26) and a diesel engine designer with the Chrysler Corporation since 1926, died in Detroit, Michigan, US Read more…

1948

74 years ago

Stirling Moss made his racing debut driving his 500cc Cooper in a hillclimb at Prescott, England, sponsored by the Bugatti Owners Club Read more…

1949

73 years ago

The Monaco Grand Prix was cancelled due to the death of Prince Louis II of Monaco Read more…

1950

72 years ago

SEAT was founded with a total share capital of 600 million pesetas Read more…

1953

69 years ago

The International Trophy, F2 race at Silverstone was won by Mike Hawthorn in a Ferrari 500 Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The III Grand Prix de Bordeaux run over 123 laps of the 2458 metre circuit was won by Jose Froilan Gonzalez in a Ferrari 625 Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The Fourth All-Japan Motor Show was held at Hibiya Park during an 11-day period Read more…

1959

63 years ago

Fireball Roberts drove to the last of his four victories in NASCAR’s Convertible Division, outrunning Joe Weatherly by nearly a full lap to win at Darlington (South Carolina, US) Raceway Read more…

1960

62 years ago

The sale of Volkswagenwerk AG stock to the public was authorised, ending 11 years of ownership by the West Germany government Read more…

1960

62 years ago

The last Volvo PV445 chassis was produced Read more…

1962

60 years ago

The Ford Motor Company initiated a formal programme to develop a small sporty type car – the final result was the 1964 1/2 Mustang Read more…

1970

52 years ago

Walter Reuther, president of the UAW since 1946, died in an airplane crash at age 62 Read more…

1971

51 years ago

Pedro Rodriguez and Jackie Oliver drove their Wyer-Gulf Porsche 917K to victory in the 1000 Kilometer race at Spa, Belgium Read more…

1980

42 years ago

The southbound span (opened in 1971) of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa, Florida was destroyed at 7:33 a Read more…

1982

40 years ago

At the Belgium Grand Prix at Zolder, John Watson in his McLaren set the fastest lap of the race after starting way back in 12th spot where he went on to win the race in a time of 1:35:41 Read more…

1984

38 years ago

Mario Andretti ran the first unofficial 210 mph lap (210 Read more…

1992

30 years ago

Roberto Guerrero set an Indianapolis 500 qualifying record, driving his Lola-Buick to an average speed of 232 Read more…

1993

29 years ago

Alain Prost driving a Williams-Renault FW15C won the Spanish Grand Prix held at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona from p[ole position in a time of 1:32:27 Read more…

1994

28 years ago

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1999

23 years ago

Pat Austin set a NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car 1/4-mile speed and elapse time records of 253 Read more…

1999

23 years ago

A tour bus crashed into a concrete wall on Interstate 610 in New Orleans, killing 22 and injuring 24 Read more…

2000

22 years ago

BMW sold the bulk of the Rover Group (the Rover and MG marques) to the Phoenix Consortium, while it retained the rights to the Mini marque, and sold Land Rover to Ford Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Henry “Smokey” Yunick (77), American mechanic and car designer associated with motorsports, died Read more…

2004

18 years ago

During the warm-up lap of the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, a man calling himself Jimmy Jump ran through the starting grid, only to be apprehended soon by the security Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 7-4 to close a 1 Read more…

2008

14 years ago

“Speed Racer,” the big-budget live-action film version of the 1960’s Japanese comic book and television series “MachGoGoGo,” made its debut in U Read more…

2010

12 years ago

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opened what was dubbed as the Middle East’s biggest car plant set up by Iranian state-run automobile company Saipa Read more…

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