18 February 2013

This Week in Automotive History: Feb. 18-Feb. 24

Feb. 18, 1898

Enzo Ferrari is born: Enzo Ferrari, Italian motor racing driver and founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix racing team, and later the Ferrari marque, is born in Modena, Italy.

Feb. 19, 1984

Yarborough wins Daytona 500: Driver Carl Yarborough wins the Daytona 500 for the fourth time.

Feb. 20, 1909

Hudson is formed: Hudson Motor Car Company is formed by a group of eight Detroit businessmen to produce a car that would sell for less than $1,000.

Feb. 21, 1948

NASCAR is founded: NASCAR, or the National Association for Stock Car Racing, is incorporated. Its first Strictly Stock race would later be held on June 19, 1949 at the Charlotte Speedway.

Feb. 22, 1907

First metered cabs: The first taxi cabs with meters begin operating in London.

Feb. 23, 1958

Fangio kidnapped: Five-time world driving champion Juan Fangio is kidnapped by Cuban rebels. Fangio was released after 29 hours and remained friendly with his captors afterward.

Feb. 24, 1868

First U.S. parade floats: The first U.S. parade to feature floats takes place in Mobile, Ala., in celebration of Mardi Gras.

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