October 16th


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1899

124 years ago

A Marsh steam car built by brothers Alonzo and William Marsh and driven by the latter, covered a flying mile in 1 minute 34 Read more…

1903

120 years ago

Napier Cars announced a 6-cylinder car for 1904, thereby becoming the first to make a commercially successful ‘six’, described as a ‘remarkably smooth and flexible’ 18-bhp, 4 Read more…

1904

119 years ago

Vincenzo Florio in a Darracq 80HP won the Padova to Bovolenta 10km race, in a time of 4 minutes 48 seconds Read more…

1930

93 years ago

The British International Motor Exhibition opened to the public Read more…

1932

91 years ago

Ford Britain launched the Ford Model Y ‘Popular’ Read more…

1944

79 years ago

The Hewson Pacific Corporation was organised in Los Angeles, California by W Sherman Hewson, Burton Chalmers and John V Shanley to manufacture the 3-wheeled Rocket Read more…

1947

76 years ago

The name “Landrover” was officially approved by Rovers Board of Directors Read more…

1949

74 years ago

The Wilkes 200, the eighth and final race of the inaugural NASCAR Strictly Stock season, was held at North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Carolina, US Read more…

1951

72 years ago

The Austin A30 , a compact economy car, was launched at the Earls Court Motor Show, London Read more…

1951

72 years ago

Hudson introduced the Hornet, and put some sting into the step-down design Read more…

1954

69 years ago

The Lincoln Continental Owners Club held its first national meeting with special guest William Clay Ford announcing that the Continental Mark II would appear within the year Read more…

1955

68 years ago

Stirling Moss and Peter Collins won the Targa Florio driving a Mercedes 300 SL Read more…

1955

68 years ago

Norm Nelson drove a Kiekhaefer Chrysler to victory in the abbreviated NASCAR Grand National race at Las Vegas (US) Read more…

1957

66 years ago

The 1958 Plymouth model range were introduced Read more…

1957

66 years ago

The first production model of the Frisky Coupe appeared at the Earls Court Motor Show, looking very different to the Geneva prototype Read more…

1958

65 years ago

Chevrolet introduced the El Camino, a sedan-pickup created to compete with Ford’s popular Ranchero model Read more…

1960

63 years ago

Bill Krauss drove a Maserati Tip 61 to victory in the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix sports car race at Riverside, California, US Read more…

1963

60 years ago

The Marcos GT was presented at the 1963 Earls Court Motor Show Read more…

1963

60 years ago

Howard A Lewis (72), a Vice-President of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and American Motors, died Read more…

1968

55 years ago

Princess Alexandra performed the opening ceremony of the London Motor Show at Earls Court where the Jaguar XJ6 and Austin 3-litre were introduced Read more…

1974

49 years ago

Cars introduced at the opening of the London Motor Show included the Aston Martin Lagonda (long wheel-base, four-door version of the Aston Martin V8), Lotus Esprit (Worldwide launch), Lotus Eclat (2+2) (Worldwide launch), Panther De Ville (Worldwide launch – one of the most expensive cars being displayed at the time) and the Toyota 1100 Read more…

1984

39 years ago

A facelifted version of the top selling Austin Metro, available as a five-door as well as a three-door, was launched Read more…

1995

28 years ago

The 500 metre Skye Bridge over Loch Alsh, connecting the mainland of Scotland with the Isle of Skye, that forms part of the A87, was opened by Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Forsyth Read more…

2002

21 years ago

Bristol Cars announced the four-seater, 5 Read more…

2002

21 years ago

Volvo XC90 received Motor Trend’s 2003 Sport Utility of the Year award Read more…

2007

16 years ago

Macedonian pop star Tose Proeski (26) was killed in a car crash in Croatia Read more…

2011

12 years ago

Race car driver and 2-time Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon (33) died in a fiery crash during the IndyCar world Championships at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Read more…

2012

11 years ago

US-born Johnny Bohmer toppled the record for the fastest standing mile in a street car when he reached 283 Read more…

2014

9 years ago

Guy Martin established a word record for the fastest speed achieved in a soapbox (motorless vehicle), 137 Read more…

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