September 19th


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1895

128 years ago

A patent application for an “electrical bicycle” was filed by Ogden Bolton Jr Read more…

1916

107 years ago

Mr Read more…

1916

107 years ago

Johnny Aitken won all 3 races held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Read more…

1919

104 years ago

Wary of the unpopularity of “German-sounding” names after World War I, August Beuck began using the name Buick rather than Beuck for the first time when he christened the new post office in his Colorado hometown Read more…

1929

94 years ago

Ernst Henne riding a 750 cc super-charged BMW, set a new motorcycle record, reaching a speed of 134 Read more…

1932

91 years ago

Ab Jenkins, in a Pierce-Arrow V12 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, completed the first 24-hour solo run, driving 2,710 miles nonstop at an average speed of 112 Read more…

1938

85 years ago

Lower Austria switched from driving on the left hand side to the right hand side of the road Read more…

1949

74 years ago

Rex Mays drove an Offenhauser powered midget racer 147 Read more…

1953

70 years ago

Auto Union launched a new 24hp 896 cc 3-cylinder model, “3=6 Sonderklasse” (DWK 3=6), at the Frankfurt Motor Show Read more…

1953

70 years ago

NASCAR’s first night-time superspeedway, a 220-mile Modified-Sportsman race at Raleigh Speedway, was marred by tragedy Read more…

1955

68 years ago

Richard Benz (80), younger son of Carl Benz who joined his father as a partner in C Benz Sohne, makers of the Benz Sohne 1906-1926, died Read more…

1957

66 years ago

Accompanied by the advertising slogan ‘Fahre Prinz und du bist König’ (‘Drive a Prince and you’re a king’), the NSU Prinz was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show Read more…

1960

63 years ago

Three hundred and forty-four parking tickets (each carrying a £2 fine) were issued in London on the first day of parking meters and traffic wardens Read more…

1964

59 years ago

The first British Drag Race festival began at the Blackbushe Airport, a few miles from London Read more…

1969

54 years ago

The body design of the Austin Allegro was finalised by the British Leyland Motor Corporation (BLMC) board (at a cost of £21m) Read more…

1971

52 years ago

Jackie Stewart underlined his credentials with victory in a Canadian Grand Prix to record his sixth win of a season in which he had the drivers’ championship done and dusted by August Read more…

1973

50 years ago

Musician Gram Parsons died of “multiple drug use” (morphine and tequila) in a California motel room at the age of 26 Read more…

1975

48 years ago

Ford Motor Company announced plans to purchase Jaguar Read more…

1984

39 years ago

Ferry Porsche received the honorary title of “Professor” Read more…

1988

35 years ago

Walter Percy Chrysler jr, who had a brief career in his father’s company but is best remembered as the manager of the Chrysler VBuilding in New York City, died Read more…

1992

31 years ago

Cory McClenathan, in a Top Fuel dragster, ran the 1/4-mile in 4 Read more…

1993

30 years ago

Production of the Ford Orion ended Read more…

1996

27 years ago

Jeff Gordon won the last NASCAR Winston Cup race ever run at North Wilkboro Speedway in North Carolina, US Read more…

1999

24 years ago

The first National Car-Free Sunday was held in the Netherlands Read more…

2003

20 years ago

The Citroen C2 was officially launched in the UK Read more…

2004

19 years ago

Kurt Busch scored a lopsided victory in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Raceway (US), site of the first race of the new Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Read more…

2006

17 years ago

Einars Repse, Latvia’s former prime minister (2002-2004), accidentally killed a pedestrian while driving on a remote road Read more…

2007

16 years ago

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled the new Phantom Drophead Coupé for the first time in the Middle East Read more…

2007

16 years ago

At a press conference in Dallas, Texas, US, Dale Earnhardt, Jr Read more…

2011

12 years ago

Luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover, part of Indian group Tata Motors, announced a £355M investment on a new engine plant in central England Read more…

2019

4 years ago

The Trump administration said it would revoke California’s authority to set its own auto tailpipe emissions standards and to require some zero-emission vehicles, a decision that sparked a massive legal battle between Washington and the most populous state over the future of US vehicles Read more…

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