• April 23: Bob Burman sets the world speed record in the Blitzen Benz on this date in 1911

    GE Anderson at Motoramic10 hrs ago

    One hundred and three years ago today -- April 23, 1911 -- Bob Burman set the world speed record of 225.65 kmh (140.21 mph) in Daytona Beach, Fla. behind the wheel of the Blitzen Benz. The 200-hp car was twice as fast as aircraft of its time, and Burman's record would stand for eight years. The above photo comes from the Library of Congress' Flickr photostream. Check out the video below of the guys from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center starting the car's engine at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance:

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  • April 22: Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-Royce, died on this date in 1933

    Justin Hyde at Motoramic1 day ago

    One of the most famous engineers in automotive history rarely set foot in the company with his name on it. After launching the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost in 1905, and building the factory in 1908, doctors told Henry Royce he was near death from overwork in 1911, and barred him from the premises. For the next 22 years, Royce worked from estates, often hiring designers and engineers to draft his plans and help him flyspeck problems. Working from home, Royce not only built up Rolls-Royce but designed aircraft engines that defended Britain in two world wars. Today, the aeronautical and automotive businesses that still bear his name have long been separated, but both can rightly claim his mantle. Here's a glimpse of Royce at work:

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