September 25th


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1860

163 years ago

Brothers Philander H and Francis M Roots of Connersville, Illinois, US were issued with a United States patent for their supercharger, a design that would be extensively adopted by the automobile industry many years later Read more…

1891

132 years ago

Henry and Clara Ford moved to Detroit, Michigan, US Read more…

1897

126 years ago

The first gas-powered bus service in Great Britain was started in Bradford by J E Tuke of the Yorkshire Motor Car Company Ltd Read more…

1913

110 years ago

Ford signed a contract signed to sell the Model T in China Read more…

1924

99 years ago

British racer Sir Malcolm Campbell established a new world land-speed record of 146 Read more…

1926

97 years ago

Henry Ford announced the 8-hour, 5-day working week Read more…

1936

87 years ago

American driver Bill Schindler crashed during a sprint race in Mineola, New York Read more…

1945

78 years ago

George L Weisse (83), a cofounder of the Packard Motor Car Company, did in Garden Gove, Califormia, US Read more…

1949

74 years ago

The sixth race of the inaugural NASCAR Strictly Stock season was held at Martinsville Speedway, Virginia, US Read more…

1962

61 years ago

General Motors announced a two-year, 24,000-mile blanket warranty on all of its 1963 cars and trucks Read more…

1965

58 years ago

The 1966 Ford Thunderbirds were introduced Read more…

1975

48 years ago

Brinklin Canada Ltd declared itself bankrupt, ending production after a two year run of 2,872 cars Read more…

1980

43 years ago

Richard Noble in his 17,000 lb thrust Rolls-Royce Avon 302 jet powered Thrust II achieved a speed of 263 Read more…

1981

42 years ago

Ford announced that its best-selling Cortina nameplate would be discontinued in 1982, and its replacement would be called the Sierra Read more…

1982

41 years ago

For the first time since the World Championship began in 1950, a country hosted three rounds in the same season in 1982 Read more…

1983

40 years ago

The European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch race saw Bruno Giacomelli score his final championship point, and was the first race for qualified doctor and current circuit owner Jonathan Palmer Read more…

1983

40 years ago

Dr Jonathan Palmer made his Formula 1 debut at Brands Hatch in the European Grand Prix driving for Williams Read more…

1987

36 years ago

Ray Harroun’s place in history was sealed when the U Read more…

1994

29 years ago

Rusty Wallace scored a one-car-length victory over Dale Earn­hardt at Martinsville, Virginia, US Read more…

1994

29 years ago

The Portuguese Grand Prix was won by Damon Hill driving for the Williams team Read more…

1997

26 years ago

British fighter-pilot Andy Green set a new land-speed record in the Thrust SSC vehicle, jet-powering to an impressive 714 Read more…

2000

23 years ago

The Neiman Marcus Edition of the model year 2002 Ford Thunderbird set a world record for any vehicle offered through the Neiman catalogue Read more…

2001

22 years ago

General Motors announced the 2002 model year would be the last for the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird Read more…

2002

21 years ago

The Caterham Superlight R500 broke the world road car record for speeding from standing to 100 mph and then back to standing, completing the test in an astounding 11 Read more…

2004

19 years ago

Chinese officials gathered at the brand-new Shanghai International Circuit racetrack in anticipation of the next day’s inaugural Formula One Chinese Grand Prix Read more…

2004

19 years ago

The Zonda C12 S Monza debuted at the Paris Motor Show as a track-day version of the Zonda for private use Read more…

2005

18 years ago

Fernando Alonso won the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship title at the age of 24 years and 58 days, at the time making him the youngest Formula One World Drivers’ Champion Read more…

2005

18 years ago

Porsche announced that it had taken a 20% stake in Volkswagen to shield Europe’s biggest car maker from a hostile takeover Read more…

2005

18 years ago

In Australia, 20 high-tech solar-powered cars from 10 countries set off on a 3,000 kilometre (1,860 mile) race across the vast outback in the 8th World Solar Challenge Read more…

2005

18 years ago

The A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Brands Hatch, Great Britain was held, the first full racing event in A1GP’s history Read more…

2007

16 years ago

Abarth, the firm that found fame tuning Fiats for racing, was officially relaunched as a car company in its own right in Turin, Italy Read more…

2007

16 years ago

Pagani claimed a new record for production supercars using the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport by completing the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in 7 minutes 27 Read more…

2011

12 years ago

In India, a Nano hatchback, billed as the world’s cheapest car, caught fire in New Delhi under unexplained circumstances Read more…

2012

11 years ago

California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed SB1298 making robotic vehicles legal in the state Read more…

2014

9 years ago

The Proton Iriz, the company’s first B-segment 5-door hatchback, was launched at the Proton plant in Tanjung Malim, Perak, by former Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Read more…

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