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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27th February

1892

125 years ago

Rudolf Diesel filed for a patent at the Imperial Patent Office in Germany. Within a year, he was granted Patent No. 67207 for a "Working Method and Design for Combustion Engines . Continue Reading →

Rudolf Diesel

Rudolf Diesel

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1914

103 years ago

Ralph DePalma beat his arch-rival Barney Oldfield to win the 9th Vanderbilt Cup in Santa Monica, California. Equipped with enormous engines and almost no suspension or steering technology, the pre-World War I US race car was a hunk of metal on wheels capable of propelling itself over 60mph on dirt tracks. Driving the cars was as much a test of brute strength and raw courage as it was a test of skill. Continue Reading →

Ralph de Plama in a Packard 905

Ralph de Plama in a Packard 905

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1915

102 years ago

Italian Dario Resta, driving a Peugeot EX3, won the American Grand Prix race through the streets of San Francisco, California. He followed this with a victory in the Vanderbilt Cup. After leading during the final stages of that year's Indianapolis 500, he finished second to Ralph DePalma when his car skidded and he had to make a pitstop for tires. Continue Reading →

American Grand Prix - 1915

American Grand Prix - 1915

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1917

100 years ago

The Hudson Six debuted at the Southeastern Automobile Show in Atlanta, Georgia, US, albeit a prototype built at the Puritan Machine Company in Detroit, Michigan,US.

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1918

99 years ago

The Fruehauf Trailer Company was incorporated in Michigan by company founder August Charles Fruehauf. A blacksmith and carriage builder in the Detroit area, he built a boat trailer at the request of a merchant in 1914 who subsequently asked Fruehauf to build additional trailers to haul lumber and wood products. The company was acquired via assets-in-bankruptcy by the Wabash National Corporation in 1997.

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1927

90 years ago

One of the most bizarre races ever took place inside a six-storey building in Paris. To celebrate the opening of a new garage and sports club for the city's most wealthy residents, Robert Benoist, a famous racing driver at the time, invited 15 drivers to race up a series of ramps to the building's roof. The 'hill-climb' was not timed as there were concerns that drivers might be overly competitive and crash. Continue Reading →

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1939

78 years ago

The Bentley 'Scalded Cat', with experimental straight-8 engine mounted in a standard Mark V chassis, was completed.

Bentley 'Scalded Cat'

Bentley 'Scalded Cat'

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1946

71 years ago

George W. Mason, President of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, was elected President of the Automobile Manufacturers Association to succeed Alvan Macauley, Chairman of the Packard Motor Car Company, who resigned after a 18-year tenure.

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1947

70 years ago

Aeroplane manufacturer Saab formally resolved it would start to manufacture cars.

Saab 92

Saab 92

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1948

69 years ago

The US Federal Trade Commission issued a restraining order, preventing the Willys-Overland Company from stating that it had developed the Jeep. Willys-Overland did end up producing the Army vehicle that would come to be known as the Jeep; but it was the Bantam Motor Company that first presented the innovative design to the Army.

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1949

68 years ago

The General San Martín Grand Pix in Mar del Plata was won by Juan Manuel Fangio driving a Maserati 4CLT/48.

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1954

63 years ago

Francois Picard drove a Ferrari 500 Mondial to a 2-litre class victory in the sports car race at Agidar, Morocco.

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1960

57 years ago

Racer Ettore Chimeri (35) was killed during a practice run for the Cuban Sports Car Grand Prix, after his Ferrari 250TR crashed through barriers and plunged 150 feet into a ravine. He participated in one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, the 1960 Argentine Grand Prix on 7 February 1960, in his Maserati 250F (a car he owned, previously raced by Juan Manuel Fangio and Francisco Godia, prepared in Venezuela and sold to an Italian buyer sometime after his death) failing to finish the race having experienced electrical problems. He scored no championship points.

Ettore Chimeri

Ettore Chimeri

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1961

56 years ago

The Toyo Kogyo Company Ltd of Hiroshima, Japan acquired the license to manufacture Wankel rotary engines.

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1965

52 years ago

Dennis Wing (25) was killed during a practice run for the Australian Grand Prix in Hobert, Tasmania.

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1967

50 years ago

The United States Rubber Company changed its name to Uniroyal, Inc. The company was founded in Naugatuck, Connecticut, in 1892 and was one of the original 12 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In 1990, Uniroyal was acquired by French tire maker Michelin and ceased to exist as a separate business. Continue Reading →

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1972

45 years ago

Actor Pat Brady (57), comic sidekick to Roy Rogers in may films and his 1950s TV show, died of a heart attack sustained during a car accident.

Pat Brady

Pat Brady

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1982

35 years ago

The 74th Chicago Auto Show opened to the public. Visitors enjoyed a close look at the sporty Dodge Daytona and Chrysler Laser. Concept vehicles that year included the Buick Questor, Ford Probe IV, Continental Concept 100 and Nissan NRV II research vehicle. Continue Reading →

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1989

28 years ago

William Clay Ford announced his retirement from the Ford Motor Company.

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2005

12 years ago

Mark Webber kicked off the new Formula 1 season by driving the previous year's Williams across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In order for the event to take place, the busy commuter bridge was closed for two hours. Speaking after the event Webber said: "Thundering with 900 bhp over that time-honoured structure was an amazing feeling. Continue Reading →

Mark Webber - Sydney Harbour Bridge

Mark Webber - Sydney Harbour Bridge

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2007

10 years ago

The Reliant Regal three-wheeler used in the hit TV comedy Only Fools and Horses emblazoned with the sign Trotters Independent Trading Co, was sold at Coys of Kensington specialist car auction for £44,227 - more than double its original estimate. Also under the hammer was a 1960s Batmobile which sold for almost £120,000. The vehicle, which had been estimated at £75,000, attracted overseas telephone bids but eventually sold to a bidder at the auction. Continue Reading →

The Trotters' Reliant Regal

The Trotters' Reliant Regal

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2007

10 years ago

A bus traveling through western Nepal plunged off a mountain road into a riverbank, killing 13 and injuring more than 30.

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2007

10 years ago

Tough new laws came into force in the UK. Drivers caught using their phone whilst at the wheel faced 3 points on their licence and a £60 on the spot fine. The change in penalty came in as new research showed that 1 in 5 people used their mobile whilst at the wheel.

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2007

10 years ago

DaimlerChrysler AG, seeking to cut costs and boost sales in North America, said it would start selling Chinese-made cars in that market and western Europe as it tried to meet demand for smaller, more economical vehicles.

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2008

9 years ago

Italian tax police busted a ring of auto-body shops involved in creating fake Ferraris using Pontiac Fieros.

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2008

9 years ago

Boyd Coddington (63), hot rod designer, the owner of the Boyd Coddington Hot Rod Shop and star of American Hot Rod on TLC, died in southern California, US.

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2011

6 years ago

Blues musician Eddie Kirkland (87), died after a car accident in Crystal River, Florida.

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2012

5 years ago

The new Routemaster bus began operating in London. Originally referred to as the New Bus for London and colloquially as the Borisbus or Borismaster, it is a hybrid diesel-electric double-decker bus. Designed by Heatherwick Studio, it is manufactured by Wrightbus, and is notable for featuring a "hop-on hop-off" rear open platform similar to the original Routemaster bus design but updated to meet requirements for modern buses to be fully accessible. Continue Reading →

The New Routemaster

The New Routemaster

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