September 11th


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1903

119 years ago

The oldest major speedway in the world, the Milwaukee Mile, opened in Wisconsin, US Read more…

1903

119 years ago

The directors of the Flint Wagon Works announced that they had bought the Buick Motor Company Read more…

1915

107 years ago

Collier’s magazine published the second in a series of three essays on automobile travel by a not-yet-well-known writer named Emily Post Read more…

1937

85 years ago

The Washington Post reported that “D Read more…

1938

84 years ago

The V-16 Alfa Romeo Type 316 made its racing debut in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza as Guiseppe Farina finished second to the Auto Union Type D driven by Tazio Nuvolari Read more…

1946

76 years ago

The first mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation took place Read more…

1949

73 years ago

The fourth race of the inaugural NASCAR Strictly Stock season was held at Langhorne Speedway, Pennsylvania, US Read more…

1952

70 years ago

VW took first step in the process of internationalizing the company’s operations, with the establishment of “Volkswagen Canada Ltd Read more…

1954

68 years ago

Austria’s Rupert Hollaus (23) died after crashing his NSU during a practice run at the 1954 Nations Grand Prix in Monza, Italy Read more…

1955

67 years ago

Juan-Manuel Fangio led home Piero Taruffi for a Mercedes 1-2 at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to put the crowning glory on his championship season Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The Ford Edsel was introduced in Canada Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The Bianchina, with an unusual body style of a two-door landaulet, called “Trasformabile”, the first car produced by Autobianchi rolled from the production lines in Desio, Italy Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Pole-starter Ned Jarrett led all 250 laps to prevail in an attrition-filled race, the first for NASCAR’s top series at Dog Track Speedway in Moyock, North Carolina, US Read more…

1966

56 years ago

John Surtees, driving a Chevy powered Lola T70, won the first race of the new Can-Am series, at St Read more…

1967

55 years ago

Peter Monteverdi introduced his first automobile, the Monteverdi 375 S High Speed, at the Frankfurt Automobile Show Read more…

1969

53 years ago

The experimental Mercedes-Benz C111 with three-disk rotary engine, and the car models 300 SEL 3 Read more…

1969

53 years ago

Henry Ford II fired Ford Motor Company President Semon E ‘Bunky’ Knudsen just 19 months after hiring him away from General Motors Read more…

1970

52 years ago

The $1830 Ford Pinto designed to compete with compact imports, was introduced in the US Read more…

1975

47 years ago

The last Wolseley car, a Wolseley 2200, rolled off British Leyland’s production line at Cowley in Oxfordshire Read more…

1976

46 years ago

Founder of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest maker of tires in 1930 in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan, Shōjirō Ishibashi (87), died Read more…

1977

45 years ago

During the final of the Alfasud Europe Cup, the support race to the 1977 Italian Formula One Grand Prix at Monza circuit, an advertising board where about sixty spectators had climbed up to watch the races, suddenly collapsed throwing all the people down Read more…

1978

44 years ago

The world of F1 was left in shock when it was announced the popular Swede Ronnie Peterson had died as a result of complications following his accident during the first corner pile-up at the start of the previous day’s Italian Grand Prix Read more…

1983

39 years ago

Nelson Piquet won the Italian Grand Prix for Brabham after team mate Riccardo Patrese suffered engine failure Read more…

1987

35 years ago

BMW officially presented the 2 Read more…

1988

34 years ago

Gerhard Berger led home Michele Alboreto for a timely Ferrari 1-2 at the Italian Grand Prix as McLaren failed to win for the only time in the season Read more…

1994

28 years ago

Damon Hill won the Italian Grand Prix for Williams-Renault Read more…

1995

27 years ago

Kieth Odor (33) died during a race at the AVUS circuit in Berlin Read more…

1995

27 years ago

British racer Keith Odor was killed during the Super Touring Car race at the Avus track in Germany when his disabled Nissan was broadsided by an Audi driven by Frank Biela Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Ford Ka, a small and low-cost addition to the Ford range Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Citroën launched the Xsara, a vehicle created by Citroën’s Creative Styling Centre in Vélizy Read more…

1997

25 years ago

World premiere of the Smart city-coupé and the European launch of the Land Rover Freelander at the IAA in Frankfurt, Germany Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Dan Runte reached a speed of 69 Read more…

1999

23 years ago

Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) driver Gonzalo Rodriguez (27) of Uruguay was killed during practice for the Shell 300 at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California Read more…

2000

22 years ago

The UK government obtained an order authorised by the Privy Council and the Queen to take emergency powers under the Energy Act 1976 to ensure delivery of fuel to essential services Read more…

2001

21 years ago

The Frankfurt Motor Show opened to international media, with a series of concept and production vehicle debuts kicking off in the early morning Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Jeremy Mayfield won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Rich­mond International Raceway, Virginia, US Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Austria, Italy and Japan, three nations with a momentous heritage in motorsport completed the A1GP line up as they joined the series in the week of its first race Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Kimi Raikkonen won the Belgian Grand Prix contested over 44 laps of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for McLaren, beating Fernando Alonso in a Renault by nearly 30 seconds Read more…

2006

16 years ago

It was confirmed that Project Kimber had sealed a deal to use the AC name on its new sports car based on the Smart Roadster Read more…

2006

16 years ago

A study from the University of Leicester (UK) found that more than a quarter of classical music fans had tried cannabis Read more…

2006

16 years ago

The rules regarding MOT retests in the UK changed Read more…

2006

16 years ago

It was confirmed that Project Kimber had sealed a deal to use the AC name on its new sports car based on the Smart Roadster Read more…

2009

13 years ago

Europe’s biggest automaker Volkswagen said it planned to invest 4 Read more…

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