29th June in Automotive History
June 29th 1902-
Co-founder of the automaker Renault, Marcel Renault won the four-day Paris-to-Vienna race, using a car he designed on his own. The early city-to-city races were like F1 today, in those times. Around three million people were present during that race and cheered Renault on to victory during the 15-hour, 615-mile race. Unfortunately, the races were suspended owing to the fatal accident involving Renault’s during the following year’s the Paris-Madrid race.
June 29th 1932-
Audiwerke, Horchwerke, Zschopauer Motorenwerke - DKW, Automobile Division of Wanderer joined hands to become Auto Union AG (second-largest motor vehicle manufacturer in Germany.). The new company’s logo, four interlinked rings represented each of the founder companies.
June 29th 1956-
U.S President Dwight Eisenhower approved of the bill, Highway Revenue Act of 1956, which outlined a policy of taxation which was needed to lay interstate highways measuring a distance of over 42,500 miles. It needed $50 billion to complete. A method of taxing, relying heavily on the taxation of gasoline, was carried out. Eisenhower thought of the Federal Interstate System as his greatest achievement.
June 29th 1957-
Giuseppe Bacciagaluppi, managing director of the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, flagged off the first race at his newly remodeled track, a match race between the top 10 Indy Car drivers and the top 10 Formula One drivers in the planet at that time. Monza was Europe’s fastest race track. The same competition can’t be repeated today as the gap between Indy cars and Formula One cars is wide.
June 29th 1985-
Jim Pattison bought a custom-painted Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine for for $2,229,000 that was previously owned by John Lennon . Lennon bought the car in 1966 and asked one of his friends to paint the car with a period-typical psychedelic design pattern. The final price was 10 times Sotheby’s initial estimate.