October 3rd


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1894

128 years ago

Edward J Pennington of Cleveland, Ohio, US applied for a patent for his ‘motor vehicle’, notable for its balloon tires Read more…

1896

126 years ago

The II Grand Prix de l’A Read more…

1912

110 years ago

In the first professional racing victory for a car fitted with a Duesenberg engine, race car driver Mortimer Roberts won the 220-mile Pabst Blue Ribbon Trophy Race, held in and around the village of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, US Read more…

1928

94 years ago

The Ford Motor Company announced its entry into the bus business Read more…

1929

93 years ago

Peugeot unveiled the car which quickly became known simply as the 201, at the Paris Show, under the name 6 hp Type 201 Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The 500 Miles Race Brooklands was won Jack Dunfee & Cyril Paul driving a Bentley, at an average speed of 118 Read more…

1934

88 years ago

The National Automobile Chamber of Commerce reorganised as the Automobile Manufacturers Association Read more…

1935

87 years ago

The 402 was introduced at the Paris Show marking a turning-point in the history of the Peugeot brand, which was ahead of all its competitors in introducing an aerodynamic body as standard Read more…

1938

84 years ago

Production commenced of the new 4-cylinder, 1,172-cc E93A Ford Prefect Read more…

1939

83 years ago

The Lincoln Continental was introduced Read more…

1939

83 years ago

Freelan Oscar Stanley (91), the American businessman who was the co-founder, along with his twin brother Francis Edgar Stanley, of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company which built the Stanley Steamer, died Read more…

1945

77 years ago

The first post-World War II Chevrolet automobile was produced Read more…

1946

76 years ago

The Paris Motor Show saw the reappearance of the Citroen 11B (available in the following variants – 11 Normale, 11BL, 11 Légère) and the 15-6G Read more…

1948

74 years ago

Ted Horn won the sprint car race on the 1-mile dirt oval at Trenton, New Jersey, US Read more…

1952

70 years ago

The Gordini 38S Sports car debuted at the Paris Auto Show Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The United Auto Workers (UAW) called the first company-wide strike against Ford Motor Company since the Ford’s first union contract was signed in 1941 Read more…

1964

58 years ago

Legendary drag racer Roland Leong, in his own “Hawaiian” rail, drove a nitro-fueled dragster for the first time Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Buddy Cortines won and posted the UK’s first 200 mph terminal speed at RAF Woodvale Dragfest Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Graham Hill in a BRM completed a hat-trick of successive wins at the US Grand Prix after an early ding-dong battle with Jim Clark in a Lotus-Climax which ended when Clark withdrew with engine trouble on the 11th of 110 laps Read more…

1967

55 years ago

The Triumph TR5 was launched Read more…

1968

54 years ago

Peugeot displayed the 504 at the Paris Motor Show, which would be elected Car of the Year in 1969 Read more…

1970

52 years ago

Tony Densham, driving the Ford-powered “Commuter” dragster set a British land speed record at Elvington, Yorkshire, averaging 207 Read more…

1971

51 years ago

John Young ‘Jackie’ Stewart retained the World Drivers Championship driving a Tyrrell Read more…

1974

48 years ago

The Paris Motor Show premiered the Citroen CX 2000 Read more…

1976

46 years ago

James Hunt cut Niki Lauda’s lead in the drivers’ championship to eight points with two races remaining with victory in front of 85,000 at the Canadian Grand Prix Read more…

1982

40 years ago

Jackie Ickx and Jochen Mass drove a Rothmans Porsche 956 to victory in the World Endurance Championship 6-hour race at Fuji, Japan Read more…

1990

32 years ago

Clarence W Avery was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame for his design of the first moving assembly line, as implemented by the Ford Motor Company Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Coupes dominated the first day of the 1996 Paris Motor Show when Kylie Minogue kicked the day off releasing the new Ford SportsKa Read more…

1998

24 years ago

Mike McLaughlin made the most of his fuel mileage over the final green-flag stretch, winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina, US Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Dale Earnhardt, Jr Read more…

2007

15 years ago

The record for the fastest time to change a wheel on a spinning car – 3 minutes 47 seconds – was achieved by Terry Grant (UK) at Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK Read more…

2007

15 years ago

The M9 spur road opened, which replaced the old A8000, connecting traffic from the south side of the Forth Road Bridge to Scotland’s motorway system Read more…

2007

15 years ago

The Toyota Aygo successfully defended its crown as the most economical car on the roads at the 2007 AA/ALD Automotive MPG Marathon Read more…

2014

8 years ago

Bridgestone showed off a second-generation prototype of its Air Free tyre, which replaced conventional tyres’ cushion of air with an array of shock-absorbing resin bands that resemble thick, angled spokes Read more…

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