October 12th


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1897

125 years ago

Evelyn Ellis and his daughter Mary, James Critchley and Johann van Toll drove a Daimler motor car to the top of Worcestershire Beacon (1,395 ft) in the Malverns, England Read more…

1903

119 years ago

The National Automobile & Motor Company of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, US was liquidated Read more…

1911

111 years ago

Sir William Crossley (67), co-founder of Crossley Brothers Ltd (later Crossley Motors Ltd), died Read more…

1912

110 years ago

Riding mechanic Tony Scudelari died from injuries suffered 12 days earlier when the Fiat driven by David Bruce-Brown crashed during practice for the Grand Prize race in Milwaukee, US Read more…

1920

102 years ago

Construction of the Holland Tunnel began Read more…

1928

94 years ago

Racer Fred Comer (35), who was born in Topeka Kansas in 1893, died from injuries sustained in a racing accident at Rockingham Park in New Hampshire, US Read more…

1929

93 years ago

First running of the BRDC 500-mile race at Brooklands Read more…

1933

89 years ago

The Rover 10 was launched at the London Motor Show at Earls Court Read more…

1935

87 years ago

Regular production of the Rolls Royce Phantom II ceased Read more…

1936

86 years ago

The Vanderbilt Cup (formally known as I George Vanderbilt Cup) was a Grand Prix was held at the Roosevelt Raceway near Westbury, Long Island, New York City, US Read more…

1937

85 years ago

Lord Nuffield (William Morris) gave £1,000,000 to Oxford University for a new College Read more…

1937

85 years ago

Samuel Arbuckle (52), inventor of double filament headlight and tail light bulbs, died in New York City Read more…

1940

82 years ago

Tom Mix, the highest-paid actor in silent films of the 1920s, and unquestionably the best-known cowboy star of the era, perished in a car accident in Arizona (US) at the age of 60 Read more…

1946

76 years ago

Driving an open-wheel car, Ted Horn won the first race at the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond, Virginia (US) on a ½-mile dirt track Read more…

1946

76 years ago

Ettore Bugatti married Genevieve Delcuze as his second wife after fathering two children by her Read more…

1948

74 years ago

Midget racing great Johnny Ritter was fatally injured while changing a tire on his midget at the Medford Bowl in Massachusetts, US Read more…

1948

74 years ago

Production of the ‘step down’ 1948 Hudson began Read more…

1948

74 years ago

The first Morris Minor car in Britain went on sale, costing £382 including taxes Read more…

1950

72 years ago

The Society of Motion Picture Art Directors named the 24th Series Packard (1951 model year) as ‘the most beautiful car of the year’ Read more…

1950

72 years ago

The 500,000th car was produced by the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation, a 1951 Kaiser-Frazer Deluxe saloon Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Hershel McGriff drove an Oldsmobile to victory in the 100-mile NASCAR Grand National race at Macon, Georgia, US Read more…

1956

66 years ago

The first MGA coupe prototypes were completed Read more…

1957

65 years ago

Only 900 spectators watched Fireball Roberts wheel his Ford to victory in the 100-mile NASCAR Grand National race at Newberry Speedway in South Carolina, US Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Chuck Daigh won the USGP for sports cars at Riverside, California, driving a Scarab MkII Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Toyo Kogyo Company Ltd Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The Morris Oxford Series VI, MG Magnette MkIV, Riley 4/72 and Wolseley 6/110 were launched Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet were launched Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Prime Minister Harold Wilson opened Ford’s Research & Engineer Centre at Dunton (England), Europe’s largest automotive development complex Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The Triumph 13/60 was launched Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Bruce McLaren won and Denny Hulme finished second, both driving McLaren M8B-Chevrolets, in the Laguna Seca, California, USA, Can-Am race Read more…

1975

47 years ago

Don Prudhomme set an NHRA Funny Car elapse time record of 5 Read more…

1977

45 years ago

The US Supreme Court ruled that communities had a right to prevent commuters from parking in residential neighbourhoods Read more…

1979

43 years ago

The final section of the Canada to Mexico freeway, Interstate 5, was dedicated near Stockton, California Read more…

1981

41 years ago

British Leyland announced the closure of three factories – a move which cost nearly 3,000 people their jobs Read more…

1986

36 years ago

A bus swerved into a ditch in northern Punjab, India, killing 11 people Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Benneton recorded its first Formula 1 win, with Gerhard Berger at the Mexican Grand Prix Read more…

1993

29 years ago

A decade after it was first introduced, the one-millionth Camry rolled off a Toyota assembly line Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Terry Labonte took the lead in the final two laps and edged his younger brother Bobby at the ­finish line in the DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, US Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire agreed to pay $240 million to the Ford Motor Company to settle claims related to the tyremaker’s 2000 recall of defective tyres Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Florida football defensive back Michael Guilford (19) died in a motorcycle accident Read more…

2011

11 years ago

Joel “Taz” DiGregorio (67), keyboardist for the Charles Daniel Band, was killed in a single car accident on Interstate 40 in Cheatham County, Tennessee, US Read more…

2014

8 years ago

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N Read more…

2017

5 years ago

Britain’s university city of Oxford unveiled plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from its center from 2020 as part of the most radical set of proposals so far in Britain to curb pollution Read more…

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