Welcome to 365 Days of Motoring

An Everyday Journey Through Motoring History, Facts & Trivia

Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.

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17th July

1898

120 years ago

The 119 mile Turin - Asti - Alessandria - Turin cross country event was staged.

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1903

115 years ago

American Arthur Duray driving a Gobron-Brillié became the first man to travel faster than 80 mph when he established a new world land-speed record of 83.46 mph in Ostend, Belgium. His car had four massive cylinders with eight pistons. Continue Reading →

1903 Gobron Brillie - Arthur Duray

1903 Gobron Brillie - Arthur Duray

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1913

105 years ago

A 1910 Buick Model 10 'Bearcat' driven by William W Brown became the first car tp reach the summit of Pikes Peak, Colorado, US without the aid of horses. The 20 mile long ascent ascent took 5 hours and 28 minutes. The uppermost portion of Pikes Peak, above 14,000 feet (4,300 m) elevation, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.Pikes Peak was the home of a ski resort from 1939 until 1984

W. W. Brown driving his Model 10 Buick “Bearcat” up Pikes Peak in Colorado in July 1913

W. W. Brown driving his Model 10 Buick “Bearcat” up Pikes Peak in Colorado in July 1913

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1914

104 years ago

Dodge Brothers Inc was organised with John F Dodge as President and Horace E Dodge as Vice-President.

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1926

92 years ago

A series of races were held on the 1.5 mile board Atlantic City Speedway, a track that featured turns banked at 45 degrees. Harry Hartz drove a Miller to victory in the featured mile race while Hartz, Norman Batten and Fred Comer won 60 mile 'Sprint' races, all in Millers. Hartz averaged 128.66 mph in winning his 60 miler, the fastest average of the events.

Atlantic City Speedway

Atlantic City Speedway

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1928

90 years ago

The Plymouth Division of the Chrysler Corporation was created.to compete in what was then described as the "low-priced" market segment dominated by Chevrolet and Ford. The Plymouth was the high-volume seller for the automaker until the late 1990s. Continue Reading →

1928 Plymouth Coupe Advertisement

1928 Plymouth Coupe Advertisement

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1937

81 years ago

"B Bira" (ERA) won the London Grand Prix at the Crystal Palace track in England.

Prince Bira of Siam

Prince Bira of Siam

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1940

78 years ago

Harry M Rugg (61), credited with the design of the engine for the first Stanley steamer and later a design engineer with Dodge Brothers and several companies , was killed in an automobile accident, near Penfield, Pennsylvania, US.

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1945

73 years ago

The first Jeep CJ-2A was produced.

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1945

73 years ago

Henry J Kaiser and Joseph W Frazer met in San Francisco, California to lay plans for the formation of the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation

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1949

69 years ago

Louis Chiron driving a Talbot-Lago T26C won the French Grand Prix held over the Reims-Gueux circuit. The triangular layout of public roads formed three sectors between the villages of Thillois and Gueux over the La Garenne / Gueux intersection of route N-31. The circuit became known to be among the fastest of the era for its two long straights (approximately 2.2 km in length each) allowing maximum straight-line speed, resulting in many famous slipstream battles.

Louis Chiron

Louis Chiron

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1950

68 years ago

The Volkswagen was officially introduced into the United States as New York City imported car dealer Max Hoffman unveiled his first shipment of 20 cars in his showroom at 487 Park Avenue.

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1951

67 years ago

General Motors previewed its Le Sabre show-car, a two-seat roadster capable of 180 mph, at the Milford, Michigan, US proving grounds. Possibly the most important show car of the 1950s,[citation needed] it introduced aircraft-inspired design elements such as the wrap-around windshield and tail fins, which became common on automotive designs during the second half of the decade. The Le Sabre was the brainchild of General Motors Art Department head Harley Earl. Continue Reading →

Le Sabre - 1951

Le Sabre - 1951

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1954

64 years ago

The Vanwall Special made its debut at the 1954 British Grand Prix at Silverstone in the hands of Britain's Peter Collins. The chassis was designed by Owen Maddock and built by the Cooper Car Company. The 2. Continue Reading →

Vanwall Special 01 (1954)

Vanwall Special 01 (1954)

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1956

62 years ago

Dewey H. Campbell, Chief Engineer of the P & G Manufacturing Company and the inventor of the valve gapper, a tool which checks valve gaps on overhead valves, died.

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1960

58 years ago

NASCAR came to New York’s Orange County Airport (New York, US) with the Empire State 200, on a two-mile course. Rex White held off Richard Petty for the win, in front of about 5,000 fans; the mediocre attendance killed any chance of making the race an annual event, as was planned. It remains the only NASCAR event ever held in the Hudson Valley.

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1964

54 years ago

Englishman Donald Campbell drove the Proteus-Bluebird CN7 to a four-wheel, petrol-powered land-speed record with two identical runs of 403 mph at Lake Eyre, South Australia.

Donald Campbell

Donald Campbell

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1971

47 years ago

The first ‘grande epreuve’ to incorporate the name of a sponsor, the British Grand Prix was run. It was won by Jackie Stewart driving a Tyrrell-Cosworth 003. The Grand Prix was sponsored by the International Wool Secretariat, so that ‘Woolmark’ was included in its title.

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1974

44 years ago

Country musician Don Rich (32) who helped develop the Bakersfield sound in the early 1960s was killed in a motorcycle accident. He had been en route to join his family for vacation on the central coast of California. For unknown reasons, his motorcycle hit a center divider on northbound Highway 1 at Yerba Buena Road in Morro Bay. Continue Reading →

Don Rich

Don Rich

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1981

37 years ago

The Humber Bridge at Kingston-upon-Hull, England, was opened by the Queen Elizabeth II. It was the longest single-span bridge in the world (1.4 km) and took nine years to build. Continue Reading →

Humber Bridge North Tower, Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Looking north from close to the centre of the bridge.

Humber Bridge North Tower, Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Looking north from close to the centre of the bridge.

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1985

33 years ago

The first Ford Aerostar van built at St. Louis (Missouri) Assembly Plant rolled off the production line.

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1993

25 years ago

The Oldsmobile Cutlass Pro Mod car of Tony Rose became the first U.K. Doorslammer to run into the sixes with a 6.98/201 pass at Santa Pod Raceway’s Beetle Bash meeting.

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1995

23 years ago

The legendary Argentinian driver Juan Manuel Fangio (84) nicknamed El Chueco ("the bowlegged one", or El Maestro ("The Master"), who dominated the first decade of Formula One racing, died. He won the World Championship of Drivers five times, a record which stood for 46 years until beaten by Michael Schumacher—with four different teams - Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Maserati. Regarded by many as one of the greatest drivers of all time Fangio holds the highest winning percentage in Formula One - 46.15% - winning 24 of 52 Formula One races he entered.

Juan Manuel Fangio

Juan Manuel Fangio

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1999

19 years ago

At Knebworth House in Essex, England, 120 Corvettes took part in the longest convoy of Corvettes ever in England. 344 cars in total took part in the main event, the 20th Annual Corvette Nationals of the Classic Corvette Club United Kingdom.

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2004

14 years ago

Porsche launched the new 911 model (Type 997) across Europe. Initially, two versions of the 997 were introduced— the rear-wheel-drive Carrera and Carrera S. While the base 997 Carrera produced 325 PS (239 kW) from its 3. Continue Reading →

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2007

11 years ago

The £200k Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster was unveiled to the press. Powered by a supercharged (Kompressor) 5.5-litre, 617-bhp, AMG V8 engine, the SLR McLaren Roadster had a top speed of 207 mph and could accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

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