October 25th


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1882

140 years ago

Karl Benz formed his first automotive venture, Gasmotorenfabrik Mannheim AG, but the firm would dissolve within three months Read more…

1902

120 years ago

23-year-old American Barney Oldfield made his racing debut in a Ford 999 at the Manufacturers Challenge Cup in Grosse Point, Michigan Read more…

1903

119 years ago

Felice Nazzaro in a Panhard 70HP followed by Pierre de Caters in a Mors and Alexander Burton in a De Dietrich 45HP, won the Padova – Bovolenta race Read more…

1910

112 years ago

White race car driver Barney Oldfield beat prizefighter Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world, in two five-mile car races in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn Read more…

1917

105 years ago

Dodge began full-scale truck production Read more…

1936

86 years ago

The 3,000,000th Buick was presented to Arthur Lee Newton, President of the Glidden Buick Corporation in New York City, the marque’s largest dealer Read more…

1944

78 years ago

The Packard Motor Car Company board authorised $2 Read more…

1946

76 years ago

The 1947 Fords were introduced to the public in the Unites States on what was billed as “V8-Day” Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Regular production of the 1955 Ford model range began Read more…

1954

68 years ago

The Austin Cambridge A50 was introduced in the United States Read more…

1956

66 years ago

The 1957 Plymouth’s were introduced Read more…

1956

66 years ago

The 1957 Hudsons, destined to be the last of the marque, were introduced Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Stuart Lewis-Evans (28) died from injuries received after crashing heavily at the dusty Ain-Diab circuit during the season-ending Moroccan Grand Prix Read more…

1959

63 years ago

Jack Smith roared from the middle of the pack on Concord (North Carolina) Speedway’s half-mile dirt track to win the Lee Kirby 300, the season finale for NASCAR’s top series Read more…

1960

62 years ago

The 7th Tokyo Motor Show opened with over 350 exhibits Read more…

1960

62 years ago

Harry Ferguson (75), the Irish-born designer of automobiles, airplanes and farm tractors, died in Abbotswood, Gloucestershire, England Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The 8th Tokyo Motor Show opened Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Many prototypes were displayed again at the opening of the 9th Tokyo Motor Show Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The Mexican Grand Prix staged perhaps the most dramatic finale in the history of the Formula One World Championship Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Denny Hulme drove a Team McLaren M8B-Chevrolet to victory in the Can-Am race at Riverside, California Read more…

1970

52 years ago

Australian Jack Brabham, three times Formula One champion (1959, 1960, and 1966) and founder of the Brabham racing team and race car constructor, announced his retirement Read more…

1972

50 years ago

The 3,000,000th Mini was produced Read more…

1976

46 years ago

Henry Ford II dedicated the new manufacturing complex at Valencia, Spain; King Juan Carlos was in attendance Read more…

1977

45 years ago

British-South African business executive Michael Edwardes was appointed chairman of British Leyland as the successor to Richard Dobson Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Former light-heavyweight boxing champion turned racing driver, Victor Galindez (31) died after crashing during a race in DelMayo, Argentina Read more…

1986

36 years ago

Dire Straits guitarist, singer Mark Knopfler broke his collarbone after crashing in a celebrity car race before the Australian Grand Prix Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Reliant who called in the receivers Read more…

1991

31 years ago

An unprecedented 352 companies, two governments and one organization representing 13 countries participated in the 29th Tokyo Motor Show Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Comedian Rowan Atkinson crashed his £650,000 McLaren F1 supercar £650,000, bought to celebrate the success of his movie in the role of Mr Bean Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Ford donated $5 million to Princeton University’s Environmental Institute for research on carbon and greenhouse gas issues Read more…

2001

21 years ago

The Ford Motor Co Read more…

2005

17 years ago

BMW UK announced details of the latest M car – the new BMW Z4 M Roadster Read more…

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