November 17th


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1902

120 years ago

Frenchman M Augieres drove a Mors Z Paris-Vienne internal combustion engined car to a record of 77 Read more…

1916

106 years ago

The Edward G Read more…

1927

95 years ago

The Leyland Titan double deck bus was introduced in Britain Read more…

1929

93 years ago

Gastone Brilli-Peri in an Alfa Romeo P2 won the Tunis Grand Prix run over the street circuit at Le Bardo, west of Tunis Read more…

1950

72 years ago

The Kaiser Golden Dragon, a trim option and later a model of car produced by the American Kaiser Motors Corporation, was introduced Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Chrysler Corporation introduced its 1955 Chrysler, Desoto, Dodge and Plymouth automobiles featuring ‘Forward Look’ styling by Virgil M Exner Read more…

1955

67 years ago

The 1956 Nashes were introduced, featuring ‘Speedline’ styling Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Carroll Shelby, best known by many for his Shelby Cobras and his modified Mustangs, drove John Edgar’s Maserati 450S to victory in an SCCA National race at Riverside, California, US Read more…

1959

63 years ago

Five British police chiefs said that the design and operation of the newly opened M1 was unsatisfactory Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Art Arfons, driving the Green Monster at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, crashed at more than 600 mph, his final attempt at raising the land speed record Read more…

1968

54 years ago

Richard Petty took the lead from David Pearson with 21 laps remaining to win the Georgia 500 at Middle Georgia Raceway’s (US) half-mile asphalt track in Macon Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Reinhardt Stenzel won the Sembach Hill-Climb in Germany driving an Alfa Romeo T33/2 Read more…

1970

52 years ago

An unmanned Soviet lunar probe, Luna 17, soft-landed in the Sea of Rains on the surface of the moon Read more…

1971

51 years ago

The inaugural 2,900 mile Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, from the Red Ball Garage in New York City to the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach, California was won by Dan Gurney and Brock Yates in a Ferrari Daytona coupe Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Georges Besse (58), who had halved Renault’s deficit, was assassinated outside his Paris home Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Racing driver Rick Mears set a US closed-course record at the Michigan International Speedway Read more…

1987

35 years ago

A 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe was sold for $8 Read more…

1988

34 years ago

34 students of the École supérieure de commerce (France) crammed themselves into a Renault Espace to set a new world record Read more…

1990

32 years ago

David Crosby from Crosby Stills Nash & Young was admitted to hospital after breaking a leg, shoulder and ankle after crashing his Harley Davidson motorbike Read more…

1991

31 years ago

Mark Martin scored his first win of the season in the finale at Atlanta, Georgia (US) Read more…

1993

29 years ago

The M40 Minibus Crash occurred just before midnight Read more…

1998

24 years ago

The brand-new DaimlerChrysler began trading its shares on the New York Stock Exchange Read more…

1998

24 years ago

The new Ford Focus won the prestigious ‘European Car of the Year’ award Read more…

1998

24 years ago

After many years of public debate and argument, the 9 mile Newbury (A34) bypass, Berkshire (England) was officially opened Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Flavio Briatore announced that would remain in charge of the Renault Sport F1 team for the next three years Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Kurt Busch won his fourth race of the year at Homestead-Miami Speedway (US) and Tony Stewart coasted to an 18th-place finish to put the lid on his championship campaign Read more…

2003

19 years ago

McLaren announced that Juan Pablo Montoya would be leaving Williams to drive for them in 2005 Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Citroen’s elegant and sophisticated C6 made its very first public appearance in the UK at the MPH ’05 show, at London’s Earls Court Read more…

2008

14 years ago

US Automakers begged governments to save them amid a spreading global recession Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Martin Brundle told the audience at the Autocar Awards in London that he would be commentating with the BBC in 2009 Read more…

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