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On This Day in Automotive History...

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January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December
Look up a date, and this page will show some of the more prominent events that happened on that day, as well as birthdates and dates of passing of automotive & motorsports personalities.

January

January 1
Birthdays: Scott Riggs (1971), Zsolt Baumgartner (1981)
1931: Bridgestone founded.
2014: Fiat announced that it would purchase the portion of Chrysler LLC it did not already own, becoming the basis of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles later in the month.

January 2
Birthdays: Robby Gordon (1969)

January 3
Birthdays: Willy T. Ribbs (1956)

January 5
Birthdays: Dennis Connor (1951), Troy Beebe (1962)

January 6
Birthdays: Dick Rathmann (1924), John DeLorean (1925)

January 7
1985: General Motors registered the Saturn trademark.

January 8
1944: William Kissam Vanderbilt II, automobile pioneer and sponsor of the Vanderbilt Cup, died.

January 9
Birthdays: Bob Rahilly (1953), Mark Martin (1959)
2007: Elmer Symons dies during the Dakar Rally.

January 10
Birthdays: Harry Gant (1940), David Crittenden (1943), Bobby Rahal (1953), Eddie Cheever (1958), Larry McReynolds (1959)

January 11
Birthdays: Brett Bodine (1959)

January 12
Birthdays: Ray Harroun (1879)
1980: Al Bonnell died.

January 13
Birthdays: Ernie Irvan (1959)

January 16
Birthdays: A.J. Foyt (1935)

January 17
Birthdays: Harry Hyde (1925), Lake Speed (1948), Sam McMahon III (1958)

January 18
1919: Bentley founded.
2007: The W204 version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was introduced.

January 19
1968: Ray Harroun died in Anderson, Indiana at age 89.

January 20
Birthdays: Jeff Wood (1957)
2007: Éric Aubijoux dies during the Dakar Rally.

January 21
2014: Fiat announced that with the purchase of the remainder of Chrysler LLC, the two companies would be reorganized as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

January 25
Birthdays: Buddy Baker (1941)

January 26
Birthdays: Al Bonnell (1909), Edgar Barth (1917), Scott Wimmer (1976)

January 27
Birthdays: Gary Bradberry (1961)

January 28
Birthdays: Tim Morgan (1954), David Green (1958)

January 29
1982: Bradford M. Crittenden died.
2008: The 5 millionth BMW 5 Series was manufactured, a 530d Saloon in Carbon Black Metallic.
Birthdays: Fireball Roberts (1929), Tommy Houston (1945)

January 30
1951: Ferdinand Porsche died.

January 31
Birthdays: Rick Wilson (1953)


February

February 3
Birthdays: Rocky Moran (1950)

February 4
Birthdays: Tim Brewer (1955)

February 5
Birthdays: Darrell Waltrip (1947), Dorsey Schroeder (1953), Ricky Pearson (1957)

February 7
2008: The third generation Dodge Challenger debuted.

February 7
2013: FCA unveiled the Ram ProMaster at the Chicago Auto Show.
Birthdays: Christian Klien (1983)

February 12
Birthdays: Steve Bird (1955), Taranosuke Takagi 高木 虎之介 (1974)

February 13
Birthdays: Jim Crawford (1948), Donnie Wingo (1960)

February 14
Birthdays: Ronnie Peterson (1944), Bill Venturini (1953)

February 15
Birthdays: Dewey Livengood-1942), Jimmy Spencer (1957)

February 17
Birthdays: Marshall Teague (1922)

February 19
Birthdays: Jeff Purvis (1959), John Paul Jr. (1960)

February 20
Birthdays: Roger Penske (1937), Scott Brayton (1959)

February 22
Birthdays: Chuck Bown (1954)

February 23
Birthdays: Julius "Slick" Johnson (1948)

February 25
Birthdays: Tony Brooks (1932), Davey Allison (1961)
1899: Renault founded.

February 26
Birthdays: Robert La Caze (1917)

February 27
Birthdays: Steve Chassey (1945), Todd Bodine (1964)

February 28
Birthdays: Mario Andretti (1940)

February 29
Birthdays: Francesco Conti (1964)


March

March 1
Birthdays: Dave Marcis (1941), Ni Amorim (1962)

March 2
1878: William Kissam Vanderbilt II, automobile pioneer and sponsor of the Vanderbilt Cup, was born.

March 3
Birthdays: Tiny Lund (1936)

March 4
Birthdays: Buck Baker (1919), Rick Mast (1957)

March 5
1927: The first LaSalle, the Series 303, is introduced.
1929: David Dunbar Buick died.

March 6
1900: Gottlieb Daimler died.

March 8
Birthdays: Mark Smith (1954), Kirk Shelmerdine (1958), Michael Bartels (1968)

March 9
1964: Production began on the Ford Mustang.
2014: William Clay Ford Sr. died.
Birthdays: John Walczak (1949), Danny Sullivan (1950), Ronnie Hopkins (1962)

March 10
Birthdays: Mike Wallace (1959), Matt Kenseth (1972)
2009: Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy.

March 11
Birthdays: Derek Daly (1953)

March 12
Birthdays: Red Byron (1915), Johnny Rutherford (1938), John Andretti (1963), and Casey Mears (1978)

March 14
2013: Zipcar purchased by Avis for US$500 million.
Birthdays: Lee Petty (1914), Bill Rexford (1927), Greg Anderson (1961), Hiro Matsushita (1961), Tina Gordon (1969), John Zimmer (1984)

March 15
Birthdays: Mickey Gibbs (1958)

March 16
Birthdays: Billy Stavola (1947), Ed Ferree (1952)
1966: The last ever Studebaker was manufactured in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
2009: The 5th Generation Chevrolet Camaro began production.

March 18
Birthdays: Andy Granatelli (1923), Volker Weidler (1962)
1968: Evel Knievel appears on The Joey Bishop Show, bringing him to national attention.

March 19
Birthdays: Bill Sedgwick (1955)
1961: Design work begins on the Studebaker Avanti.
2005: John DeLorean died.

March 20
Birthdays: Geoff Brabham (1952), Pedro Lamy (1972)

March 21
Birthdays: George Abecassis (1913), Fonty Flock (1921), Larry McClure (1944), Ayrton Senna (1960)

March 22
Birthdays: Billy Hagan (1932)

March 23
Birthdays: Don Bierschwale (1933)

March 24
Birthdays: Jimmy Makar (1956), Adam Andretti (1979)

March 25
Birthdays: Danica Patrick (1982)

March 26
Birthdays: Doug Williams (1951)
1953: Tom Alley died in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1975: Production begins on the Cadillac Seville.
2006: Paul Dana dies in IRL practice in Homestead, Miami.
2008: Ford agreed to sell their Jaguar Land Rover operations to Tata Motors.

March 27
Birthdays: Cale Yarborough (1939)

March 29
1974: The first production Volkswagen Golf rolls off of the assembly line in Wolfsburg, Germany.

March 30
Birthdays: Rudolf Krause (1907)

March 31
1951: The Plymouth Cranbrook Belevedere was introduced.
2007: The W204 version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class went on sale.
Birthdays: Richard Jackson (1937), Kevin Cogan (1956), Jon Beekhuis (1960), Scott Houston (1965)


April

April 1
1967: The U.S. Department of Transportation was formed.
1970: AMC launches the Gremlin.
2006: Honda Fit goes on sale in the United States.
2010: The 5th Generation Chevrolet Camaro won the World Car Design of the Year at the World Car of the Year Awards.

April 2
1973: John DeLorean announces that he is leaving General Motors.
Birthdays: Steve Saleen (1949)

April 3
Birthdays: Speedy Thompson (1926)

April 4
Birthdays: Bill France Jr. (1933), Tom Peck (1953)

April 6
2016: Tata Tiago launched in India.
Birthdays: Herb Thomas (1923)

April 7
1947: Henry Ford died.

April 8
Birthdays: Junie Donlavey (1924), Butch Mock (1952), Robert Pressley (1959)

April 10
Birthdays: D.K. Ulrich (1944), Jeffrey Ellis (1956), Kasey Kahne (1980)
1986: President Ronald Reagan issues Proclamation 5457, designating 1986 the Centennial Year of the Gasoline Powered Automobile.

April 12
Birthdays: Curtis Turner (1924) 1979: Mad Max released.

April 14
1927: Volvo was founded.
Birthdays: Jeff Andretti (1964), Tony Raines (1964)

April 15
Birthdays: Michael Greenfield (1963), Jack Harvey (1993)

April 17
Birthdays: Mike Chase (1952), Len Wood (1956), Tony Glover (1957)
1964: The Ford Mustang was introduced to the public.
1965: Arnie "The Farmer" Beswick becomes the first NHRA Funny Car driver to run a 1/4 mile in under 10 seconds, posting a 9.97 at York, Pennsylvania.

April 18
Birthdays: Geoffrey Bodine (1949)

April 19
Birthdays: Jack Roush (1942), Robert Yates (1943)

April 20
Birthdays: Zachary Claman DeMelo (1998)

April 21
Birthdays: Bill Ingle (1956), Greg Zipadelli (1967)
1976: Final Cadillac Eldorado convertible produced.

April 22
2002: Production of the Cadillac Eldorado ended.
2007: Jeff Gordon won the Subway Fresh Fit 500, his 76th win, tying Dale Earnhardt.

April 23
Birthdays: Chad Little (1962)

April 25
Birthdays: Ken Wilson (1957)

April 27
Birthdays: Jeff Segal (1985)

April 28
Birthdays: Al Miller (1907), Jay Leno (1950)

April 29
1932: Advance Auto Parts founded.
2005: Production of the original run of the Mercury Sable ended.
Birthdays: Dale Earnhardt (1951)

April 30
Birthdays: Kurt Kuhnke (1910), Michael Waltrip (1963), Elliott Sadler (1975)
2000: Excitebike 64 was released for the Nintendo 64.


May

May 1
1916: Sinclair Oil Corporation founded.
1994: Ayrton Senna died as a result of injuries from the Italian Grand Prix.
Birthdays: Johnny Sauter (1978)

May 4
Birthdays: Dr. Don Tarr (1929), John Watson (1946)

May 5
Birthdays: Bob Welborn (1928)
1899: Electric Automobile Company founded
1942: Hino Motors founded.

May 8
Birthdays: Bobby Labonte (1964)
2007: 4,000,000th Land Rover rolls off the production line, a Discovery 3 (LR3), donated to The Born Free Foundation.

May 9
Birthdays: Bradford M. Crittenden (1912)

May 11
Birthdays: Tim Flock (1924)

May 13
Birthdays: Rich Bickle (1961)

May 14
Birthdays: Randy Baker (1958)

May 16
2015: The 6th Generation Chevrolet Camaro was introduced.

May 17
Birthdays: Mikko Kozarowitzky (1948)

May 19
1903: The Buick Motor Companywas founded.
2009: Germany's Daimler AG, acquired an equity stake of less than 10% in Tesla Motors for a reported US$50 million.

May 20
1965: Edgar Barth died.
Birthdays: Tony Stewart (1971)

May 21
2005: Production of the Mercury Sable ended.
Birthdays: Tom Alley (1889)

May 23
Birthdays: Ernst Klodwig (1903), Wally Dallenbach Jr. (1963)

May 24
Birthdays: Jack Smith (1924), Ricky Craven (1966)

May 25 2014: Hindustan Ambassador production ended.
Birthdays: Bud Moore (1925), Paul Andrews (1957)

May 26
1923: The first 24 Hours of Le Mans began in Le Sarthe, France.
1927: Production of the
Ford Model T ends. Henry Ford was on hand to watch the 15 millionth roll off of the assembly line in Highland Park, Michigan.

May 27
Birthdays: Jeremy Mayfield (1969)
1923: André Lagache & France René Léonard win the first 24 Hours of Le Mans.

May 28
Birthdays:
Marvin Panch (1926), Tero Palmroth (1953)

May 29
Birthdays: Joe Weatherly (1922), Al Unser (1939), Jimmy Means (1950), Ken Schrader (1955), Bobby Hamilton (1957)


June

June 1
Birthdays: Darel Dieringer (1926), Jim Sauter (1943), Chuck Little (1944), Tom Sneva (1948), Davy Jones (1964)

June 2
Birthdays: Jan Lammers (1956), Kyle Petty (1960)
2008: Tata Motors finalised their purchase of Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford.

June 4
Birthdays: Barry Dodson (1953)
Deaths: Bill France Jr. (2007)

June 5
Birthdays: Butch Miller (1952), Bobby Hillin Jr. (1964)

June 6
Birthdays: Jamie McMurray (1976), Justin Allgaier (1986)
1904: Chrysler was founded.
2003: 2 Fast 2 Furious released.
2008: Trevor Wilkinson died.
2012: Fast N' Loud debuted.

June 7
Birthdays: Tim Richmond (1955), Robbie Loomis (1964)

June 10
Birthdays: Dave Fuge (1955)

June 11
Birthdays: Pancho Carter (1950)

June 12
1972: ASE founded.
1996: The final Ford Bronco rolls off the assembly line.
2007: Announcement from the Ford Motor Company that it plans to sell Land Rover and Jaguar Cars.
2013: Jason Leffler died.

June 13
Birthdays: Harry Melling (1944)

June 14
Birthdays: President Donald J. Trump (1946)

June 16
1903: Ford Motor Company incorporated.

June 18
2011: Cars 2 had its Hollywood premiere.

June 19
Birthdays: Charlie Glotzbach (1938)
1969: Cadillac produces its four millionth car.

June 21
Birthdays: Phil Parsons (1957), Eddie Pearson (1965)

June 22
Birthdays: Phil Krueger (1951)

June 24
Birthdays: Jim Bown (1960), Hut Stricklin (1961)
1910: Alfa Romeo founded.
2011: Cars 2 released in the U.S.

June 26
Birthdays: Dick Moroso (1939), Kevin Lepage (1962), Steve Grissom (1963)

June 27
Birthdays: Johnny Benson (1963)
2006: Johan Jacobs dies in a crash while testing for a land-speed record attempt.

June 28
Birthdays: Junior Johnson (1931), Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima (1950), Mike Skinner (1957)
1966: Chevrolet announces the Camaro name in the first time in history that 14 cities were connected in real time for a press conference via telephone lines.
2006: Who Killed the Electric Car? released.

June 29
Birthdays: Eddie Bierschwale (1959), Jeff Burton (1967)

June 30
Birthdays: Henry Ford (1863), Don Miller (1939), Dave Mader III (1955), Sterling Marlin (1957)
1953: Production of the Chevrolet Corvette began.


July

July 1
1926: Hudson finishes a $10M body plant where they could build all-steel closed bodies for Hudson and Essex.

July 2
Birthdays: Richard Petty (1937)

July 3
Birthdays: Bob Whitcomb (1937), Larry Phillips (1942)

July 7
2000: Production of the first generation Lexus SC ended.
Birthdays: Stan Fox (1952)

July 8
Birthdays: Leo Jackson (1933), Dale Coyne (1954)

July 9
Birthdays: Donnie Richeson (1960)

July 10
Birthdays: Brendan Gaughan (1975)

July 11
Birthdays: Bobby Dotter (1960), Ben Spies (1984)

July 12
2004: The third generation Mercury Montego entered production.
Birthdays: Benny Parsons (1941), Rick Hendrick (1949)

July 13
1978: Lee Iacocca was fired from the Ford Motor Company.
1991: Davey Allison died.

July 14
Birthdays: Chico Landi (1907)

July 15
Birthdays: Gene Roberts (1959), Tyler Young (1990)
2015: Jules Bianchi died from injuries sustained during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

July 16
Birthdays: Scott Atchison (1962)
1902: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders founded in the UK.

July 17
Birthdays: Erwin Bauer (1912), Eddie Dickerson (1955)
2009: Fleetwood's motorized recreational vehicle assets acquired by American Industrial Partners (AIP).

July 18
2013: Gina McCarthy took office as 13th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Birthdays: Glen Wood (1925), Randy Lewis (1945)

July 19
1967: The Gnome-Mobile was released.
Birthdays: Clyde McLeod (1950)

July 21
2011: Fiat purchases a stake in Chrysler

July 23
Birthdays: Roy "Buckshot" Jones (1970)
1903: Ford made its first car sale, a Model A, to Dr. Ernest Pfenning of Chicago for $850.

July 24
2004: Nikolai Smolensky becomes the owner of TVR.

July 25
Birthdays: Ernie Elliott (1947)

July 28
Birthdays: Luigi Musso (1924)

July 30
Birthdays: Neil Bonnett (1946)


August

August 1
Birthdays: Bobby Isaac (1934)

August 3
Birthdays: Jules Bianchi (1989)
1900: Firestone Tire & Rubber Company was founded.
1958: Peter Collins dies from injuries sustained during the German Grand Prix.

August 4
Birthdays: Jeff Gordon (1971), Kurt Busch (1978)
1928: DeSoto founded.

August 5
Birthdays: Gordon Johncock (1936), Leo Kinnunen (1943), Eddie Wood (1952), Kenny Irwin, Jr. (1969)

August 7
Birthdays: Steve Loyd (1948)

August 8
Birthdays: Tommy Ellis (1947), Jack Sprague (1964)

August 11
2015: Gregory G. Nadeau was sworn in as the Federal Highway Administration's 19th Administrator.

August 12
1908: Production began on the Ford Model T, and the first car would roll off of the assembly line on September 27.
Birthdays: Mark Stahl (1951)

August 14
Birthdays: Rusty Wallace (1956)

August 15
Birthdays: Robin Pemberton (1956), Andy Petree (1958)

August 16
1984: John DeLorean found not guilty on charges of trafficking cocaine by the U.S. government.
Birthdays: Bernard Jourdain (1950)

August 17
2009: The final Pontiac Vibe rolled off of the assembly line at NUMMI at 6:51PM PDT.
Birthdays: Rex White (1929)

August 18
Birthdays: Steve Wallace (1987)
1967: Al Miller died.

August 19
Birthdays: Dale Inman (1936), TJ Zizzo (1975)

August 20
1915: ZF Friedrichshafen founded.

August 22
1902: The Cadillac Automobile Company was established.
1967: The 1968 AMC Javelin debuted.

August 23
Birthdays: Kenny Wallace (1963), Steve Park (1967)
1903: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Glidden of Boston make the first automobile trip to the Arctic Circle, stopping in Haparanda, Sweden.

August 24
Birthdays: George Bradshaw (1946)

August 26
Birthdays: James Hylton (1935), Frankie Kimmel (1990)

August 27
Birthdays: Chuck Rider (1940), Richard Broome (1944), Derek Warwick (1954), Mark Webber (1976)

August 28
Birthdays: Randy LaJoie (1961)
2008: Phil Hill died at the age of 81 in Salinas, California.

August 29
Birthdays: Wendell Scott (1921), James Hunt (1947)

August 31
Birthdays: Bill Vukovich III (1963)


September

September 1
Birthdays: Franck Lagorce (1968), Sunny Hobbs (1969)

September 4
Birthdays: Dave Darland (1966)

September 5
1980: Mothers Against Drunk Driving was founded.
2006: The Crittenden Automotive Library was launched.

September 6
Birthdays: Kenny Bernstein (1944), Jeff Green (1962)

September 7
Birthdays: Donnie Allison (1939)

September 8
1904: The first Harley-Davidson prototype was functional.
2006: Peter Brock died.

September 9
Birthdays: Phil Barkdoll (1935), Felix Sabates (1942), Jeff Hammond (1956), Ludwig Heimrath, Jr. (1956), Jerry Nadeau (1970)

September 10
Birthdays: Ralph Moody (1917), Guido Dacco (1947)

September 11
1970: Ford introduced the Pinto.

September 12
Birthdays: Ricky Rudd (1956), Paul Walker (1973)

September 13
Birthdays: Kamui Kobayashi (1986)
1899-Henry H. Bliss is run over by a car in New York City, becoming what is believed to be the first recorded pedestrian traffic fatality in the United States.

September 14
Birthdays: Dominic Dobson (1957)

September 15
Birthdays: Jimmy Fennig (1953)
2009: The Ferrari 458 Italia was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

September 16
Birthdays: Karl Kling (1910)

September 17
Birthdays: David Dunbar Buick (1854), Jimmie Johnson (1975)
1922-Roscoe Sarles died, having been burned to death in the inaugural racing event at the Kansas City Speedway.

September 21
Birthdays: Richard Childress (1945), Arie Luyendyk (1953)

September 22
Birthdays: Leonard Wood (1934)

September 23
1933: American Trucking Associations founded.

September 24
Birthdays: Kelly Sutton (1971)

September 25
Birthdays: Henri Pescarolo (1942)

September 26
1967: The 1968 AMC Javelin went on sale.
Birthdays: Joe Nemechek (1963)

September 27
1908: The first Ford Model T rolls off of the assembly line.
2004: Tata Motors rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to mark their listing.
2008: Paul Newman, race car driver and co-star of Pixar's Cars, died.

September 29
Birthdays: Stanley Smith (1949), Chase Montgomery (1983)
1966: Chevrolet begins selling the Camaro.

September 30
1988: Al Holbert died.


October

October 1
1908: The Ford Model T went on sale.
Birthdays: Steve Barkdoll (1962)

October 2
2001: Mary Peters sworn in as the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

October 5
Birthdays: Dave Rezendes (1959), Michael Andretti (1962), James Toseland (1980)
2001: Joseph M. Clapp sworn in as the first Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

October 6
2005: Production ended on the Chevrolet Cavalier.
Birthdays: Mike McLaughlin (1956)

October 7
1962: The Ford Mustang I concept car made its public debut at the United States Grand Prix.
2009: Production of Saturn vehicles ended.

October 8
Birthdays: Bill Elliott (1955)

October 10
Birthdays: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (1974)

October 11
Birthdays: Jimmy Hensley (1955)

October 12
Birthdays: Ned Jarrett (1932)

October 13
1902: The Ohio Automobile Company changes its name to the Packard Motor Car Company
Birthdays: David Ifft (1948)

October 15
1981: MotorWeek premiered.
2009: Harley-Davidson announced that it would discontinue the Buell line. Birthdays: Lee Iacocca (1924)

October 16
2013: Erik Buell Racing introduces the 1190RX, the company's first production motorcycle.
Birthdays: Peter Ashdown (1934), Molly Morter (1975)

October 17
Birthdays: Evel Knievel (1938), Tom Kendall (1966)
1902: Cadillac introduces the Model A.

October 19
1982: John DeLorean charged with trafficking cocaine by the U.S. government.
Birthdays: Didier Theys (1956), John Jones (1965), Heikki Kovalainen (1981)

October 20
Birthdays: Clifford Allison (1964)

October 21
Birthdays: Morgan Shepherd (1941), Dan Akerson (1948)

October 24
Birthdays: Tracy Leslie (1957), Dave Blaney (1962), Brian Vickers (1983)

October 25
Birthdays: Ward Burton (1961), Jon Wood (1981)

October 26
Birthdays: Sammy Swindell (1955)

October 27
Birthdays: Dick Trickle (1941)

October 28
Birthdays: Hans Klenk (1919), Joe Ruttman (1944)

October 30
2009: The final Buell motorcycle was produced under Harley-Davidson ownership.
Birthdays: Tony Bettenhausen (1951)

October 31
2010: As part of the closure of Saturn, outstanding franchises were ended.
Birthdays: Buddy Lazier


November

November 2
1895: Autocar was first published.
1983: Production began on the Dodge Caravan.

November 3
1911: Chevrolet founded.
Birthdays: Helmuth Koinigg (1948), Greg Sacks (1953), Derrike Cope (1958)

November 5
Birthdays: Elton Sawyer (1959)

November 6
1899: The first Packard was built in Warren, Ohio.
Birthdays: Peter Collins (1931)

November 7
2006: Cars released on DVD.

November 8
Birthdays: Ed Berrier (1961)

November 11
Birthdays: Maria Teresa de Filippis (1926), Dean Hall (1957)

November 12
1936: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened.

November 14
Birthdays: Irv Hoerr (1946), Bob Johnson (1946)

November 15
1886: Bosch founded.
Birthdays: H.B. Bailey (1936)

November 16
Birthdays: Tommy Archer (1954), Terry Labonte (1956), Roberto Guerrero (1958), Mike Groff (1961)

November 17
2006: Buell announced that it had produced and shipped its 100,000th motorcycle.

November 18
Birthdays: Gary Bettenhausen (1941)

November 21
Birthdays: Jacques Laffite (1943), Travis Carter (1949)
2001: Frederick ‘Bud’ Wright named Federal Highway Administration Executive Director.
2008: Source Interlink closed the magazine Sport Compact Car after 20 years of publication.
2010: The American version of Top Gear debuts.

November 23
Birthdays: Bill Crittenden (1980)

November 24
Birthdays: Buddy Parrott (1939)
1918: Gasoline Alley first published.

November 25
Birthdays: Joe Gibbs (1940)
1920: Gaston Chevrolet died.
1949: The one millionth Cadillac, a Coupe deVille, was produced.

November 26
Birthdays: Dale Jarrett (1956)

November 28
Birthdays: Rob Smedley (1973), Bradley Smith (1990)

November 30
Birthdays: Dick Hutcherson (1931), Shawna Robinson (1964)
1960: The decision is made to fold DeSoto, just 47 days after the 1961 models were introduced.
1965: Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile was published.
2007: Evel Knievel died.
2013: Roger Rodas (driver) and Paul Walker (passenger) died in a single-car accident of a modified high-performance Porsche in Los Angeles.


December

December 1
1914: Maserati was founded.
1920: Mahle was founded.

December 2
2002: Delivery of the first Honda FCX cars in Los Angeles, California.

December 3
Birthdays: Bobby Allison (1937), Rick Mears (1951)
2007: BMW X6 production begun.

December 4
Birthdays: Raul Boesel (1957)

December 5
Birthdays: Jim Paschal (1926), J.D. McDuffie (1938)

December 7
2007: Dodge began taking depositson the third generation Challenger.
Birthdays: Robert Kubica (1984)

December 8
Birthdays: Kevin Harvick (1975), Ryan Newman (1977)

December 9
1994: Production ends on the Dodge Spirit, Plymouth Acclaim, and Chrysler LeBaron.

December 11
Birthdays: Tony Eury Sr. (1953)
2007: Aston Martin design studio opens, V12 Vantage RS announced.

December 12
Birthdays: Larry Hedrick (1940), Emerson Fittipaldi (1946)
2005: CarsandRacingStuff.com was launched.

December 14
2016: Phil Smith died.
Birthdays: Steve Hmiel (1953), Alan Kulwicki (1954)

December 16
2011: The final Dodge Nitro was produced.
2013: The W205 version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was introduced.
2014: Under Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Chrysler Group LLC becomes FCA US LLC.

December 17
Birthdays: Mike Beam (1955)

December 18
Birthdays: Ted Musgrave (1955)

December 19
Birthdays: Richard Hammond (1969)
2012: General Motors announced that Chevrolet Camaro production would return to the United States.

December 20
1963: Studebaker's South Bend plant was closed.
Birthdays: Scott Goodyear (1959), Eli Walczak (2004)

December 22
2014: Mark R. Rosekind is sworn in as the 15th Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Birthdays: David Pearson (1934)

December 23
Birthdays: Peter Sospenzo (1956), Greg Biffle (1969)

December 24
Birthdays: Mary Barra (1961)

December 27
Birthdays: Heidi Walczak (1980)

December 28
Birthdays: Jack Ingram (1936)

December 29
Birthdays: Waddell Wilson (1936), Patty Moise (1960), Angie Wilson (1974)
2013: a href="../g/granatelliandy.php">Andy Granatelli died.

December 30
Birthdays: Fred Lorenzen (1934), Bob Bilby (1941)




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