November 4th


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1899

124 years ago

William Collins Whitney and Col Read more…

1902

121 years ago

James W Packard and William A Hatcher were issued a United States patent for their ‘H-slot’ gear shift gate Read more…

1904

119 years ago

The Type A, Citroën’s first vehicle, was launched with an original advert (see below) Read more…

1904

119 years ago

The Indianapolis Auto Racing Association staged its first races at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds (US) – Carl Fisher won the 5-mile handicap race in a Premier and Jan Clemens won the 100-mile feature race in a National, setting a dirt track record for that distance of 52 Read more…

1905

118 years ago

At his daughter’s suggestion, Herbert Austin explored the area around Birmingham, England for new premises in his Wolseley 7 Read more…

1905

118 years ago

Jan Clemens won the 100-mile feature race at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, US Read more…

1910

113 years ago

The Morgan Company launched its original three-wheeler at the Olympia Motor Show in London Read more…

1920

103 years ago

Leyland Eight, Britain’s first car with an in-line eight cylinder engine, with an overhead camshaft and a capacity of 7 litres, was launched at the London Motor Show Read more…

1920

103 years ago

Argyll cars occupied two stands at the London Motor Show Read more…

1921

102 years ago

At the 1921 London Motor Show it was announced that Crossley would commence manufacture of a British Bugatti Read more…

1927

96 years ago

The first Marmon V-16 engine was tested Read more…

1935

88 years ago

The Antique Automobile Club of America was founded in Philadelphia, US Read more…

1938

85 years ago

The 1939 Ford model range were introduced Read more…

1938

85 years ago

The 1939 Mercury, a new marque manufactured by the Ford Motor Company, was introduced to the public Read more…

1939

84 years ago

The Packard Motor Company exhibited the first air-conditioned car at the fortieth Automobile Show in Chicago, Illinois, US Read more…

1944

79 years ago

The Scuderia Ferrari factory in Modena, Italy was bombed by the allies Read more…

1953

70 years ago

The first General Motors Hydra-Matic transmission was produced at the Willow Run factory, a portion of which was leased from the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation following the August 12th fire at General Motors’ Livonia, Michigan transmission plant Read more…

1954

69 years ago

Detroit dealers were given a preview look at the 1955 Plymouths with ‘Forward look’ styling by Virgil M Exner Read more…

1959

64 years ago

A sit-down strike was held at the Rover car plant after a shop steward was refused permission to take his private car to be serviced in firm’s time Read more…

1961

62 years ago

The first races were staged at the Kyalami track near Johannesburg, South Africa Read more…

1962

61 years ago

The first Mexican Grand Prix, run at Mexico City, 7,300 feet above sea level, was won by Jim Clark and Trevor Taylor, sharing a drive in a Lotus Climax at 91 Read more…

1965

58 years ago

Lee Ann Roberts Breedlove became the first female driver to exceed 300 mph when she raced to 308 Read more…

1968

55 years ago

Grand Prix driver, Horace Gould (50) died Read more…

1979

44 years ago

Hundreds of Iranian students stormed the U Read more…

1990

33 years ago

Dale Earnhardt took the lead in the 51st lap and never looked back, pacing the rest of the 312-lap Checker 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Arizona, US Read more…

1990

33 years ago

The 500th Formula One Grand Prix was held in Adelaide Read more…

1998

25 years ago

The first production model of the world’s first three-door coupe, the Saturn rolled off the Spring Hill assembly line in Tennessee Read more…

2000

23 years ago

One of the world’s greatest car collectors passed away Read more…

2001

22 years ago

Townsend Bell, the 2001 Indy Lights champion, won the final CART Indy Lights race ever run, at California Speedway in Fontana, California Read more…

2002

21 years ago

Brazilian CART champion Cristiano da Matta signed a two-year contract to drive for Toyota Read more…

2003

20 years ago

The British game show, Britain’s Worst Celebrity Driver, part of the Worst Driver television franchise was first broadcast, on Channel 5 Read more…

2005

18 years ago

Murray Walker launched a stinging attack on F1’s drivers, accusing them of being too boring and of not speaking their minds Read more…

2005

18 years ago

A1 Grand Prix made its first long haul trip as the series headed to Sydney, Australia Read more…

2005

18 years ago

The final Smart Roadster, a two-door microcar first introduced in 2003 by Smart GmbH rolled off the production line Read more…

2007

16 years ago

Boss, a robotic Chevrolet Tahoe from Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania, US), won the annual $2 million prize in the driverless race sponsored by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) at a deserted air force base near Victorville in San Bernardino County, California Read more…

2009

14 years ago

It was revealed the 20 top Formula One drivers pocketed $134 Read more…

2011

12 years ago

A massive crash on the M5 near Taunton was blamed on fog, possibly made worse by bonfire night smoke Read more…

2015

8 years ago

The Genesis Motors, a luxury vehicle division of the South Korean vehicle manufacturer Hyundai, officially became standalone marque Read more…

2017

6 years ago

A Koenigsegg Agera RS set a new record for the world’s fastest production car with an average speed of 446 Read more…

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