October 30th


On this day in…

1893

129 years ago

This was the last day of Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition, a great fair that celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the New World and offered fairgoers a chance to see the first gas-powered motorcar in the US: the Daimler quadricycle Read more…

1899

123 years ago

The first Packard engine was completed and was found to produce 7 Read more…

1900

122 years ago

The Remington automobile was introduced Read more…

1909

113 years ago

Corbin recorded its first racing victory as Frank Free won a race at Ascot Park, California, US with a four-cylinder model Read more…

1909

113 years ago

The fifth Vanderbilt Cup Race is held on Long Island, New York Read more…

1911

111 years ago

The Little Motor Car Company was founded primarily by William H Read more…

1914

108 years ago

The Abner Doble Motor Vehicle Company was founded in Waltham, Massachusetts, US Read more…

1927

95 years ago

MG made its official racing debut with Alberto Sanchez Cires driving a 14/28 to victory in a race at San Martin, Argentina Read more…

1928

94 years ago

The 1928 Hudson/Essex “Winged God” mascot was patented by designer F C Ruppel Read more…

1950

72 years ago

1949 NASCAR champion Red Byron, who ranked sixth in the 1950 NASCAR Grand National standings, had all 1315 Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Lee Petty captured the NASCAR Grand National finale at Hillsboro, North Carolina, US Read more…

1952

70 years ago

The 1953 Chrysler model range were introduced Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Wilbur Shaw, winner of the 1937 Indianapolis 500 and President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1951, was killed at the age of 51 in an airplane crash near Decatur, Illinois, US Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Tim Flock led from start to finish to score his record 18th victory of the season in the finale at Hillsboro, North Carolina, US Read more…

1956

66 years ago

The 1957 Dodge cars and four-wheel-drive trucks were introduced, with the cars featuring torsion-bar front suspension Read more…

1961

61 years ago

Maschinen Augsburg-Nurnburg of Germany, makers of MAN trucks, acquired a license to manufacture Wankel rotary engines Read more…

1961

61 years ago

Enzo Ferrari put 26 year old Mauro Forghieri in charge of the entire Scuderia Ferrari racing program Read more…

1963

59 years ago

The Maserati Quattroporte was unveiled Read more…

1963

59 years ago

The 350 GTV, Lamborghini’s first prototype design and forerunner of the later 350GT, the marque’s first production model, was unveiled at the Turin Auto Show Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Bobby Marshman set an unofficial Indianapolis Motor Speedway track record of 162 Read more…

1970

52 years ago

33 American cars by 4 makers, 18 English cars by 11 makers, 25 German cars by 8 makers, 5 French cars by 3 makers, 8 Italian cars by 4 makers, 4 Swedish cars by 2 makers, and 2 Australian cars by 1 maker for a total of 95 cars by 33 makers from 7 countries were exhibited at the 17th Tokyo Motor Show Read more…

1978

44 years ago

Charles Chayne (80), Chief Engineer of Buick (1936-51), died in Carmel, California Read more…

1983

39 years ago

Sam Ard started second and converted a dominant day into a Cardinal 250 victory at Martinsville Speedway (Virginia, US) and the first of two straight NASCAR Nationwide Series championships Read more…

1987

35 years ago

Nelson Piquet clinched the Formula 1 World Driving Championship when his only title rival, Nigel Mansell, was injured in a crash during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Grand Prix newcomer Ayrton Senna won the Formula 1 World Championship title after winning the final race in Suzuka against team-mate Alain Prost to become the third Brazilian after Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet to take the crown Read more…

1991

31 years ago

The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II Read more…

1996

26 years ago

The Subaru Forester won the renowned Hulman Trophy, a US 24-hour endurance speed record of mass-produced and marketed vehicles, setting a new world record with an average speed of 112 mph Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Proton acquired an 80% stake in Lotus Group International Limited, valued at £51 million Read more…

1998

24 years ago

The world’s first three-door coupe was unveiled at the New England International Auto Show in Boston Read more…

2000

22 years ago

Entertainer, author, and comedian Steve Allen (78) was driving to Encino, California to see his son Bill when his car was struck by a sports utility vehicle backing out of a driveway Read more…

2005

17 years ago

A fire in a double-decker bus damaged the eastbound 1 Read more…

2006

16 years ago

Wales rugby star Gavin Henson was banned from driving for a month after he was caught driving at 110mph (177kph) on the M4 motorway Read more…

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