September 16th


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1903

120 years ago

Frederick Henry Royce, of Rolls-Royce Ltd Read more…

1908

115 years ago

William C Read more…

1915

108 years ago

William C Durant regained control of General Motors Read more…

1916

107 years ago

The Kent Motors Corporation was organised in Newark, New Jersey, US by Frederick H Clarke, Dr Henry F Clarke, R J Cosgrove, Lloyd H Foster, Wallace A Hood, F J Nagel, Thomas L Raymond, L A D Percival, J H Simpson and A U Conquest Read more…

1931

92 years ago

Herbert ‘Bert’ le Vack (52), a motorcycle world speed record holder throughout the 1920, was killed in a sidecar accident near Bern, Switzerland Read more…

1931

92 years ago

A GMC T-95-C tractor/trailer unit operated by the Southern California Freight Lines Ltd Read more…

1938

85 years ago

George E T Eyston set a world land speed record of 357 Read more…

1942

81 years ago

The post office at the Ford Motor Company Navy Service School closed Read more…

1945

78 years ago

Hershel McGriff passed George Amick on the last lap to win the first race, a 100-lap event, on the newly paved Portland Speedway in Portland, Oregon, US Read more…

1947

76 years ago

The Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport coupe with a trend-setting body designed by Carrozzeria Pininfarina was introduced at the Fiera de Milano, Italy Read more…

1947

76 years ago

John Cobb averaged 394 Read more…

1951

72 years ago

Alberto Ascari in a Ferrari 375 won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza Read more…

1955

68 years ago

The USAC was formed by Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman after the American Automobile Association (AAA) withdrew from auto racing following the 1955 Le Mans disaster Read more…

1960

63 years ago

Malcolm Campbell destroyed ‘Bluebird’ in a crash at 350 mph while attempting a new world land speed record in Utah, but he was only slightly hurt Read more…

1962

61 years ago

Edoardo Lualdi won the Sarezzo-Lumezzani Hillclimb in Italy driving a Ferrari 250 GTO Read more…

1962

61 years ago

Graham Hill led home Richie Ginther for a BRM 1-2 at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza Read more…

1963

60 years ago

The 7,000,000th Volkswagen was introduced Read more…

1964

59 years ago

The James Bond movie “Goldfinger,” which featured the suave British super-spy driving an Aston Martin Silver Birch DB5 sports car, was premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, with general release in the United Kingdom the following day Read more…

1965

58 years ago

The 1966 Ford Mustangs were introduced Read more…

1971

52 years ago

The MG-S (also known as MG S1300) was introduced in Spain (with three round instruments, leather steering wheel and leather seats) Read more…

1973

50 years ago

David Pearson rolled to one of his series-high 11 wins of the season, holding off Bobby Allison by 1 Read more…

1977

46 years ago

Former T Read more…

1978

45 years ago

At Santa Pods Raceway’s September Internationals Sammy Miller made his UK debut with the ‘Vanishing Point’ rocket funny car, breaking all existing records with a quickest elapsed time of 4 Read more…

1984

39 years ago

Stefan Bellof and Hans Stuck drove a Brun Porsche 956 to victory in the World Endurance Championship race at Imola, Italy Read more…

1997

26 years ago

New regulations which came into force in the US tightening the standard on the amount of ozone permitted in the air, setting the cap at Read more…

1999

24 years ago

Ford opened the £700,000 innovative training center at Ford Transit Plant in Southampton Read more…

1999

24 years ago

The Škoda Fabia made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show Read more…

2001

22 years ago

The Italian Grand Prix took place in the shadow of terrorist attacks in the US five days earlier Read more…

2002

21 years ago

The five-millionth Ford Explorer was produced at Kentucky Truck Plant, US Read more…

2003

20 years ago

The City Rover entered into production Read more…

2007

16 years ago

The Belgian Grand Prix had something in common for both Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber – they both started their 100th Grand Prix Read more…

2007

16 years ago

All 43 cars finished the Sylvania 300 at Loudon, New Hampshire, US, the first time all starters completed a race since the series adopted the 43-car field in 1998 Read more…

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