September 1st


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1899

123 years ago

The Paris-Ostend race ended in a dead heat between Girardot (Mors) and Levegh (Panhard), when both completed the 203 miles in 6 hours 11 minutes (32 Read more…

1902

120 years ago

The city of Chicago, Illinois, US issued its first automobile license plate, to Arthur L Eddy Read more…

1902

120 years ago

Sixty-three motor cars took part in reliability trials, driving from London’s Crystal Palace to Folkestone, Kent and back in a day, demonstrating that they were almost as reliable as railways as a means of transport Read more…

1903

119 years ago

Massachusetts became the first U Read more…

1907

115 years ago

Ettore Bugatti signed a formal license agreement with Gasmotorenfabrik Deutz AG of Cologne, Germany to design and produce Deutz cars for a term of five years Read more…

1908

114 years ago

Emil A Nelson began designing the first Hupmobile, the Hupp 20 Read more…

1909

113 years ago

The Packard Motor Car Company was reincorporated in Michigan, US, succeeding the West Virginia corporation formed in 1903 Read more…

1912

110 years ago

The Brockway Motor Truck Corporation was organised in Cortland, New York with George A Read more…

1917

105 years ago

The first Nash automobile was produced; a 4-liter six-cylinder model, it had the unusual feature for the period of pushrod-operated overhead valves, an obvious legacy from Nash’s period with Buick, which had never built anything but ohv engines since its inception in 1903 Read more…

1921

101 years ago

The Lancia Lambda was introduced Read more…

1928

94 years ago

The last major promotional activity of the Lincoln Highway Authority took place, when at 1:00 pm groups of Boy Scouts placed approximately 2,400 concrete markers at sites along the route to officially mark and dedicate it to the memory of Abraham Lincoln Read more…

1929

93 years ago

The SA Scuderia Ferrari was incorporated primarily to manage the racing activities of Alfa Romeo Read more…

1931

91 years ago

The first night trial floodlighting of London’s important buildings caused traffic chaos as sightseers poured into the capital Read more…

1941

81 years ago

The 1942 DeSotos were introduced, featuring hidden ‘Airfoil’ headlights Read more…

1946

76 years ago

The first race under the new Formula One regulations, the Turin Grand Prix was won by Achille Varzi in an Alfa Romeo 158 Alfetta, although in reality the cars were no different to those that had raced earlier in the season Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Mrs Ransom Olds, the former Miss Woodward who was three days younger than her husband, died six days after her husband’s death Read more…

1950

72 years ago

A new chapter in Porsche history began with the company’s return to Zuffenhausen, Germany, and the completion of the first Porsche Read more…

1952

70 years ago

Pole-starter Fonty Flock, wearing bermuda shorts and a short-sleeve shirt, led 341 of 400 laps, including the final 216, to win the third annual Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, South Carolina, US collecting a winner’s check of $9,430 Read more…

1956

66 years ago

The Volvo Amazon was introduced Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The 3-year driving licence was introduced under the Road Traffic Act 1956 Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Frederic G Donner was elected Chairman and Chief Executive of General Motors – the first person to hold both titles Read more…

1958

64 years ago

Fireball Roberts took his fourth win of the NASCAR Grand National season at Darlington’s Southern 500 Read more…

1959

63 years ago

An unofficial strike at BMC halted production of the new Mini Read more…

1960

62 years ago

The British Hot Rod Association (BHRA) was formed by the amalgamation of clubs like the Highwaymen with the intent of unifying Sprint Clubs and holding organised Drag Races at disused airfields like Duxford and Graveley Read more…

1961

61 years ago

The first Volkswagen 1500 Type-3 was produced Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Bill Krause drove a Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdcage” to victory in a sports car race in Santa Barbara, California, US Read more…

1963

59 years ago

The first Austrian Grand Prix was run at Zeltweg Airfield and was won by Jack Brabham, driving a Brabham-Climax, at 96 Read more…

1965

57 years ago

Motor cars first used on or after this date in Britain had to be fitted with a side repeater indicator on each side of the vehicle Read more…

1976

46 years ago

Percy Shaw (86), inventor of Cats Eyes, died Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Henry Austin Clark closed his Long Island Automotive Museum in Southampton, New York, ending the 32 year life of the first major antique motor museum in the United States Read more…

1980

42 years ago

24 year old Patrick Mimran was named President of Nuova Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini SpA Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Sophomore driver Terry Labonte scored his first NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National victory in the Southern 500 at Darlington, South Carolina, US Read more…

1980

42 years ago

Ford launched one of the most important new cars of the year – the third generation Escort Read more…

1981

41 years ago

Garages in the United Kingdom began selling petrol by the litre instead of by the gallon Read more…

1983

39 years ago

The Lorain-Carnegie Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, US was rededicated as the Hope Memorial Bridge in honour of Harry Hope, one of the stonecutters who made the four art deco pylons used on the bridge and the father of comedian Bob Hope Read more…

1985

37 years ago

Stefan Bellof (27) was killed at the 1000 km Spa sports car race, when he tangled his Walter Brun-entered Porsche 956 with Jacky Ickx’s works 956 at Eau Rouge corner, with both cars catching fire and halting the race Read more…

1989

33 years ago

The US federal government passed new car safety legislation, requiring all newly manufactured cars to install an air bag on the driver’s side Read more…

1989

33 years ago

Polish footballer, Kazimierz Deyna (47), one of the best marksmen in the history of world football, died in a car accident while driving his favourite BMW Read more…

1989

33 years ago

The first Lexus was sold, launching Toyota’s new luxury division Read more…

1989

33 years ago

The 1990 Chevrolet Blazer and Astro were introduced Read more…

1991

31 years ago

Harry Gant (51) won the Heinz Southern 500 in Darlington, South Carolina, to extend his record as the oldest winner of a NASCAR race Read more…

1992

30 years ago

The 1993 GMC Jimmy was introduced Read more…

1996

26 years ago

The Toyota RAV4L electric vehicle was offered to the Japanese public on a limited basis Read more…

1996

26 years ago

Jeff Gordon scored his third straight victory at Darlington, South Carolina (US) and seventh of the season, thwarting Hut Stricklin’s upset bid Read more…

1998

24 years ago

The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 finally went into effect Read more…

2001

21 years ago

The car number plate system in the UK was completely revised Read more…

2002

20 years ago

Hyundai Car (UK) Ltd began to offer the UK’s first five year, fully manufacturer-backed, unlimited mileage warranty as standard across its range Read more…

2003

19 years ago

A special edition Ford Ranger, called Thunder, priced at £17,150, went on sale in the UK Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Show Me/Tell Me vehicle safety questions were added to the beginning of the driving test Read more…

2003

19 years ago

Cornelius Horan, the former priest who ran on to the track during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, was released from custody after six weeks on remand Read more…

2004

18 years ago

The Mitsubishi Colt was launched in the UK Read more…

2004

18 years ago

Michael Schumacher held a press conference to announce that he had no intention of leaving the sport he loves in the near future Read more…

2007

15 years ago

All new cars sold in the U Read more…

2007

15 years ago

In Morocco Renault-Nissan head Carlos Ghosn signed a deal to build an assembly plant in Tangiers, with a planned investment of one billion euros (1 Read more…

2007

15 years ago

The Southern California Gas Company purchased the first motor vehicles powered by natural gas Read more…

2007

15 years ago

Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya vowed to do his best to bring India into Formula One after teaming up with Spyker’s director of Formula One Michiel Mol to make an 80 million euro bid for the cash-strapped team Read more…

2008

14 years ago

Aston Martin announced the revival of the Lagonda marque, proposing a concept to be shown in 2009 to coincide with the brand’s 100th anniversary Read more…

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