November 12th


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1895

127 years ago

The Automobile Club de France was founded Read more…

1908

114 years ago

Oldsmobile became the second company to join General Motors when Olds Motor Works was sold to General Motors Read more…

1909

113 years ago

The Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft registered the ‘Mercedes’ name as a trademark Read more…

1910

112 years ago

The American Grand Prize, a Grand Prix auto race, was held on closed public roads outside Savannah, Georgia Read more…

1912

110 years ago

The ‘Selden Affair’ finally came to an end after the Supreme Court in the US recognised that George Selden’s 1895 patent for the internal combustion engine was ‘valid’ but had not been violated by US and European car manufacturers Read more…

1920

102 years ago

Frank H Ball (73), builder of two Ball automobiles in 1903, who with his son Fred O Ball invented the Ball & Ball carburettor, as manufactured by the Penberthy Injector Company, died in Michigan, US Read more…

1921

101 years ago

Tommy Milton drove the Durant Special to victory in a sprint race in Phoenix, Arizona, USA Read more…

1927

95 years ago

The first Veteran Car Rally from London to Brighton, sponsored by the Daily Sketch took place, and was won by John Bryce from an entry of 51 vehicles Read more…

1927

95 years ago

The 2,000,000th Dodge car was produced Read more…

1928

94 years ago

Racers Earl de Vore and Norman Batten, winning co-driver of the 1925 Indianapolis 500, were lost at sea en route to South Africa aboard SS Vestris Read more…

1936

86 years ago

Oakland Bay Bridge, crossing San Francisco Bay was officially opened Read more…

1946

76 years ago

The Exchange National Bank of Chicago, Illinois, instituted the first drive-in banking service in America, and anticipated a cultural phenomenon that would sweep across America in the coming decade Read more…

1949

73 years ago

The first Volkswagen Type 2, later named the Transporter, rolled off the assembly line Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Juan Manuel Fangio in a Ferrari 166 won the Paraná Grand Prix held at Urquiza Read more…

1956

66 years ago

The Ford Ranchero was introduced in Quitman, Geogia, US Read more…

1960

62 years ago

The 1961 Ford Thunderbird was introduced, the third generation of the sub-marque Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Richard Petty led 158 of 200 laps to prevail in the only race for NASCAR’s top series at Golden Gate Speedway’s 0 Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Paula Murphy became first woman to drive a jet-powered car, The Avenger, (10,000 horse power J-46) Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Brothers Bill and Bob Summers set a world land-speed record—409 Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Racer Don Branson (46) was killed when he crashed during a midget race at the Ascot Motor Speedway in Gardena, California Read more…

1967

55 years ago

John Surtees drove a Lola T70-Chevrolet to victory in the Can-Am race at Las Vegas, Nevada Read more…

1981

41 years ago

British Leyland announced a new deal with the Japanese car and motorcycle giant, Honda Read more…

1986

36 years ago

The United States introduction of the Bentley Eight was held in New York City Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Rolling Stone Ron Wood broke both his legs after his car crashed on the M4 motorway near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Damon Hill won the Australian Grand Prix by two complete laps Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Dale Earnhardt dominated the race but comes up short in the final standings as Jeff Gordon clinches his first championship in NASCAR’s premier series at Atlanta Motor Speedway (US) Read more…

1998

24 years ago

Daimler-Benz completed a merger with Chrysler to form Daimler-Chrysler Read more…

2000

22 years ago

William H Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Rubens Barrichello, Tony Kanaan and Mario Haberfeld teamed up to win the Granja Viana kart race in Sao Paulo Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Honda Racing announced that Ross Brawn would join the team in the role of Team Principal with full responsibility for designing, manufacturing, engineering and racing Honda’s Formula One cars Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Five-time National Scrambles Champion, “Stan The Man” Engdahl (78) suffered a massive heart attack and died in Lindsborg, Kansas, US Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Dale Earnhardt, Inc Read more…

2014

8 years ago

The world’s first glow-in-the-dark bike path opened Read more…

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