September 4th


On this day in…

1904

118 years ago

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the first Reo Motor Car Company buildings in lansing, Michigan, US Read more…

1904

118 years ago

The first major Italian race, the Florio Cup, was won by Vincenzo Lancia driving a Fiat at 71 Read more…

1905

117 years ago

The first Coppo Florio race was staged on the Island of Sicily with 21 competitors including its patron Vincenzo Florio driving a Mercedes Read more…

1906

116 years ago

Terry Stafford was issued with a United States parent for his three-speed progressive transmission Read more…

1915

107 years ago

The Twin City Concrete Speedway in Fort Snelling, Minnesota, US staged its first event, a 500-mile race won by Earl Cooper in a Stutz Read more…

1916

106 years ago

The 2-mile Cincinnati (Ohio) Board Speedway opened with a 300-mile event featuring 29 cars piloted by the country’s premier racing drivers including Howdy Wilcox, Dario Resta, Tommy Milton and Louis Chevrolet driving Dusenbergs, Stutzs and Frontenecs Read more…

1921

101 years ago

The first Italian Grand Prix, held at the 10 Read more…

1922

100 years ago

The Swallow Sidecar Company, later to be renamed Jaguar, was founded by William Lyons and William Walmsley with guarantees of £500 each Read more…

1923

99 years ago

The 1919 Indianapolis 500 winner Howdy Wilcox (34) died at Altoona Speedway board track in Tyrone, Pennsylvania in a car crash Read more…

1927

95 years ago

Robert Benoist in a Delage 15-S8 won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza run to Formula Libre regulations Read more…

1935

87 years ago

The White Motor Company of Cleveland, Ohio introduced the world’s first streamlined truck Read more…

1947

75 years ago

The Rover Board sanctioned the production of an ‘all-purpose vehicle on the lines of the Wills-Overland Jeep’ – the Land Rover Read more…

1950

72 years ago

NASCAR’s first superspeedway race, the Southern 500 at the Darlington International Raceway, South Carolina, US, was won by Johnny Mantz in a Plymouth P19 two-door sedan Read more…

1950

72 years ago

Ab Jenkins recorded a one hour run of 195 Read more…

1957

65 years ago

The Ford Motor Company proclaimed this day ‘E-day’ to celebrate the introduction of the ‘Edsel’, 5 years after its conception Read more…

1960

62 years ago

British teams boycotted the Italian Grand Prix held on the banked Monza track on safety grounds Read more…

1960

62 years ago

William F O’Neill (75), founder of the General Tire & Rubber Company, died in Akron, Ohio, US Read more…

1962

60 years ago

Frederick J Hooven of the Ford Motor Company was issed with a US Patent for his front-wheel-drive design Read more…

1964

58 years ago

The Forth Road Bridge, 6156 feet long, and with a centre span of 3300 feet, was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Read more…

1965

57 years ago

The Who had their van stolen containing over £5000 worth of equipment outside the Battersea Dogs Home Read more…

1966

56 years ago

Jack Brabham became the first man to win the World Drivers Championship in a car he had built himself Read more…

1972

50 years ago

A 1933 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria by Fernandez & Darrin and originally owned by Greta Garbo was purchased for $90,000 by Charles Wood of Lake George, New York to establish a new auction record Read more…

1980

42 years ago

The White Motor Company filed for Chapter XI bankruptcy protection Read more…

1989

33 years ago

Bob Glidden driving a Ford Thunderbird at Indianapolis, USA, achieved the highest terminal velocity ever recorded at the end of a 440 yard run for a petrol driven piston engine – 191 Read more…

1990

32 years ago

The Czechoslovakian government authorised the privatization of Skoda Read more…

1991

31 years ago

Route 35 Theater in Hazlit, the last drive-in in New Jersey, US closed Read more…

1997

25 years ago

Bob Keselowski used a second-half surge to win the Virginia is for Lovers 200 at Richmond International Raceway, marking his only career victory in 86 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Read more…

1997

25 years ago

The very last tenth-generation Ford Thunderbird rolled off the assembly line Read more…

2000

22 years ago

On the eve of congressional hearings into the recall of 6 Read more…

2001

21 years ago

Land Rover reported selling its 200,000th vehicle in North America Read more…

2005

17 years ago

Kyle Busch (20), became the youngest driver ever to win a NASCAR Cup Series race when he outdueled Greg Biffle in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway (US) Read more…

2005

17 years ago

The Italian Grand Prix marked only the second time in history that every car that started the race was still running at the finish Read more…

2008

14 years ago

The new Dacia Logan went on sale in France Read more…

2009

13 years ago

The day Crashgate took off, with the announcement from the FIA it was going to charge renault following claims by Nelson Piquet Junior that he had deliberately crashed his Renault at the previous year’s Singapore Grand Prix under team orders Read more…

2011

11 years ago

UK racing and stunt driver Jamie Morrow performed 280 donuts non-stop at the Silverstone race circuit in Northamptonshire, behind the wheel of a Westfield Sport 1600 Read more…

2012

10 years ago

Volkswagen AG unveiled the latest version of its mainstay Golf hatchback at a Berlin museum, ahead of its premiere at the Paris Auto Show Read more…

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