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THIS DAY IN AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY
58 years ago today (1 July 1961) learner riders in Britain were restricted to machines of 250 cc capacity, to try to reduce motorcyclist fatality figures
105 years ago today (28 June 1914) #Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, #Bosnia, while riding in an Austro-Daimler that was chauffeured by Otto Merz, a #Mercedes team driver. The assassination resulted in the outbreak of #WW1
102 years ago today (13 June 1917) Alan Bedell left Los Angeles, on his Henderson motorcycle arriving in NYC (3,296 miles) in 7 days, 16 hrs and 15 mins later, breaking the record set by "Cannonball" Baker on an Indian Twin.
70 years ago today - 11 June 1949 - the Isle of Man #TTraces held were dubbed the British Grand Prix. The three races, at 500, 350 and 250 cc, became the first races in the newly instituted World Motor-cycling Championships.