October 14th


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1897

125 years ago

Emil Jellinek of Nice, France took delivery of a belt-driven Daimler, leading to his association with the marque and its name change to Mercedes Read more…

1899

123 years ago

The Literary Digest declared that ‘the ordinary horseless carriage is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as a bicycle’ Read more…

1905

117 years ago

Following the success of the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race, the second race was held Read more…

1911

111 years ago

The eighth Glidden Tour began in New York City, with a planned route through Atlanta, Georgia to Jacksonville, Florida Read more…

1911

111 years ago

The first road race staged in Santa Monica, California, the 220 mile Free For All, was won by Harvey Herrick in a National Read more…

1927

95 years ago

Prince William of Sweden was presented with a new Nash Advanced Six by Scandinavian-ancestry employees of the Nash Motor Company Read more…

1933

89 years ago

Johnny Gerber competed in and won his last race in Bel Air, Maryland, US Read more…

1938

84 years ago

The first contracts were awarded for construction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, US Read more…

1939

83 years ago

Appearing for sale in the classified ads in Autocar were a Jaguar 3 Read more…

1951

71 years ago

A total of 106 cars competed in the NASCAR Modified and Sportsman race at Langhorne Speedway, Pennsylvania, US Read more…

1956

66 years ago

Curtis Turner was declared the winner of the scheduled 100-mile NASCAR Convertible race at Asheville-Weaverville Speedway when a 14-car crash wiped out all but one car running in the event Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Washington State racer Pat Pigott died from race-incurred injuries at Riverside International Raceway when suspension failure of his Lotus 23 sent the car wedging under the guard rail at turn 9 Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Glenn “Fireball” Roberts won the National 400 NASCAR stock car race at Charlotte, North Carolina, US Read more…

1965

57 years ago

The 1966 Oldmobiles were introduced, including the new front-wheel-drive Tornado Read more…

1965

57 years ago

The 1966 Cadillac model range were introduced Read more…

1968

54 years ago

The Morris 1800S, MG 1300 Mk II, Riley Kestrel 1300 Mk II and Wolseley 1300 Mk II were launched Read more…

1968

54 years ago

One of the most expensive cars ever built, the US Presidential 1969 Lincoln Convertible Executive, was delivered to the US Secret Service Read more…

1969

53 years ago

The Triumph 2000 MkII and Triumph 2 Read more…

1969

53 years ago

The government of Japan allowed foreign investment up to 50% in Japanese automobile companies Read more…

1970

52 years ago

The Ford Cortina Mk lll was launched at the 1970 Earl’s Court Motor Show Read more…

1971

51 years ago

The Queen formally opened the 107 mile trans-Pennine section of the M62 to complete the coast-to-coast link between Liverpool in Merseyside and Hull in East Yorkshire; 7 miles (11 km) of the route is shared with the M60 orbital motorway around Manchester, England Read more…

1973

49 years ago

Jackie Stewart announced his retirement from motor racing Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Henry Ford II married Kathy DuRoss in Carson City, Nevada, US Read more…

1985

37 years ago

27 students crammed into a Ford Sierra at the University of Nottingham to establish a new world record Read more…

1992

30 years ago

The original US Interstate Highway system was proclaimed to be complete with the opening of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon in Colorado Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Ford and Mahindra & Mahindra Limited (India) established a joint venture to assemble vehicles in India Read more…

1995

27 years ago

The foundation stone laid in Smartville, a purpose-built factory complex in Hambach, France, established as a joint venture of Daimler-Benz and the Swiss watch manufacturer Swatch to produce the Smart car Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Toyota launched the Prius, a hybrid-powertrain vehicle combining a 1 Read more…

2000

22 years ago

NASCAR Craftsman Truck series driver Tony Roper (35) died in a crash during the O’Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Chengdu City of Sichuan Province staged the first ever “Car Free Day” in the People’s Republic of China Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Eric Clapton was suspended from driving in France after being caught speeding at 134 mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo near Merceuil Read more…

2004

18 years ago

The battery-powered Buckeye Bullet, designed and built by engineering students at the Ohio State University, set a BNI (non-FIA) international land-speed record for electric cars of 271 Read more…

2005

17 years ago

The 1 Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Almost 35 years to the day of the last race held at Langhorne Speedway, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission dedicated a historical marker at 1939 E Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame was announced in Charlotte, North Carolina Read more…

2012

10 years ago

Colin Furze achieved a top speed of 53 Read more…

2013

9 years ago

Britons Robert Belcher and Stephen Cooper driving a Land Rover Discovery arrived at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town to set a new world record for driving from London to Cape Town, making the 10,000-mile journey in 10 days, 3 hours and 16 minutes Read more…

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