First national speed limit

In England during the 1903, the speed limit was set to 20 miles (32 kilometres) per hour. Continue reading

Wilhelm Maybach

Wilhelm Maybach (help·info) (German pronunciation: [ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈmaɪbax]; 9 February 1846 – 29 December 1929) was an early German engine designer and industrialist. Continue reading

Motorcycle with an internal combustion engine

The German engineers Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach invented the internal combustion engine for Motorcycles. Continue reading

First Road designed for motor vehicles

Great inventions always come out of Africa. The colonial governor Joseph S. Gallieni had French Engineers construct a road for motor vehicles to connect the port town of Tamatave with the capital city of Antananarivo, the road was intended for motor freight traffic. Continue reading

Automobile fueled by methanol was the Chevrolet Lumina

Chevrolet Lumina Variable Fuel Vehicle, manufactured by General Motors of Detroit, Continue reading

James Gordon Bennett Jr.

James Gordon Bennett Jr. (May 10, 1841 – May 14, 1918) was publisher of the New York Herald, founded by his father, James Gordon Bennett Sr., who emigrated from Scotland. Continue reading

Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat set the Land Speed Record

On December 18th 1898, French driving enthusiast Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat set the Land Speed Record (world record) of 39.24 miles (62.78 kilo-meters) per hour on the 2-kilometre course at Acheres, France. Get this, it was with an electric vehicle.

A drawing of the Jeantaud that Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat drove

Date:
      December 18th 1898
Name(s):
      Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat
Occupation:
      French driving enthusiast
Location:
      Acheres, France
Record:
      39.24 miles
      (62.78 kilo-meters)


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Bennett Trophy: International Road Race

James Gorden Bennett offered up the Prize and the Automobile Club de France organized the International Road Race, 3 national automobile clubs competed for the Prize. Continue reading

First Motorcycle designed as a motor vehicle

A total of 3 Indian Motorcycles were built in 1901 and on June 1st were publicly Demonstrated at a hill-climbing exhibition. Continue reading