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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19th October

1772

245 years ago

The Major of London laid the foundation stone of the Maidenhead Bridge over the River Thames. Designed by Robert Taylor, the bridge cost £19,000. Tolls were abolished on 31st October 1903 and at midnight a crowd tore down the toll gate and threw it into the river.

Maidenhead Bridge

Maidenhead Bridge

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1860

157 years ago

An internal combustion engine designed by Eugenio Barsanti and Felice Matteucci was installed at the Maria Antonia railway station in Florence, Italy, the first instance where such an engine was put into practical usage.

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1897

120 years ago

Henry Sturmey completed a 929 mile trip from John O'Groats to Land's End in his Coventry Daimler, to become the first person to cross Great Britain from end-to-end by automobile.

Henry Sturmey

Henry Sturmey

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1915

102 years ago

American actress Anita King, backed by Jesse L Lasky, the studio boss of Paramount Pictures, became the first female to drive alone across the US. Driving a car supplied by the Kissel Motor Car Company she received a hero's welcome in New York City with one newspaper remarking that she had arrived with California "air" in her tyres. Dubbed "The Paramount Girl," amidst much publicity on August 25th she set out in her "Kissel Kar" from Paramount's studio in Hollywood. Continue Reading →

Anita King

Anita King

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1923

94 years ago

Car manufacturers, Delage & Cie., was reorganised as a public corporation.

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1924

93 years ago

Count Louis Vorow Zborowski (29), of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fame, died in wreck during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. On the death of his mother in 1911, 16-year old Louis instantly became the fourth richest under-21-year-old in the world, with cash of £11 million and real estate in the United States, including 7 acres (2.8 ha) of Manhattan and several blocks on Fifth Avenue, New York. Continue Reading →

Louis Zborowski in the driving seat of Chitty Bang Bang 1 at Brooklands.

Louis Zborowski in the driving seat of Chitty Bang Bang 1 at Brooklands.

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1927

90 years ago

Australian adventurer Francis Birtles, driving a 14-bhp Bean, left London and eventually arrived in Sydney on 15 July the following year – the first overland trip from England to Australia by car.

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1932

85 years ago

Giovanni Battista Pirelli (83), Italian entrepreneur, engineer and politician who founded Pirelli SpA, died. He started a small rubber factory in Milan in 1872 and went on to produce insulated telegraph cables, bicycle tires, and automobile tires (from 1900). The company opened new factories in Italy and abroad as demand for its tires, cables, and transmission belts grew. Continue Reading →

Giovanni Battista Pirelli

Giovanni Battista Pirelli

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1938

79 years ago

Chris Staniland driving a Multi-Union set the all-time Brooklands (England) record for Class D (under 3000 cc) of 141.45 mph.

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1945

72 years ago

Packard introduced its first post-World War II cars, the Clipper Eight Standard and Clipper Eight Deluxe.

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1947

70 years ago

Eddie Hulse, driving Regg Schlemmer's Mercury powered roadster, set a new Southern California Timing Association Class C speed record of 136.05 mph on the El Mirage dry lake.

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1955

62 years ago

Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II (1955 - 1957) was unveiled at the London Motor Show. Production ran for only 2 short years, with just 199 cars built, the majority were saloons. Other body styles were the desirable fixed head coupe and the wind-in-the-hair drophead coupes. Continue Reading →

Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II

Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II

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1956

61 years ago

The driving test fee in Britain was doubled from 10 shillings to £1.

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1961

56 years ago

Gustav W Carlson (77), developer if the two-speed axle, died in Cleveland, Ohio, US.

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1962

55 years ago

The 6,000,000th Volkswagen was produced.

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1965

52 years ago

The MGB GT was launched. It sported a ground-breaking greenhouse designed by Pininfarina and launched the sporty "hatchback" style. By combining the sloping rear window with the rear deck lid, the MGB GT offered the utility of a station wagon while retaining the style and shape of a coupe. Continue Reading →

MGB GT brochure

MGB GT brochure

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1966

51 years ago

The London Motor Show opened with each end of the motoring spectrum exhibited. The best of British luxury car manufacturing was represented by the 6 cylinder Jaguar 420 (£1,930), 420G (£2,238) and their sister model the Daimler Sovereign (£2,121). The Jensen Interceptor (£3,743) was launched to replace the C-V8; the first Jensen to use steel, rather than fibreglass, panels, but again used a Chrysler 6. Continue Reading →

Playboy bunnies on the Aston Martin stand at the 1966 London Motor Show

Playboy bunnies on the Aston Martin stand at the 1966 London Motor Show

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1967

50 years ago

The first Tyne Road Tunnel (1 mile in length), connecting the town of Jarrow on the south bank of the River Tyne with North Shields and Howdon on the northern end, was opened by Queen Elizabeth II. Having been proposed in 1937, it was approved in 1943. In 1947 the first bore was drilled to carry pedestrian traffic only. Continue Reading →

Tyne Tunnel North Entrance before refurbishment

Tyne Tunnel North Entrance before refurbishment

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1969

48 years ago

Pole-starter Bobby Isaac led all but two laps to coast to victory in the final race for NASCAR’s premier series at Augusta (Georgia, US) Speedway’s half-mile asphalt track. Richard Petty, who led the other two laps in the 200-lap main event, drove to a second-place finish as the only other driver on the lead lap. David Pearson claimed third, one lap back.

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1970

47 years ago

BP announced the discovery of major oilfields under the North Sea in the British sector.

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1976

41 years ago

Eleanor Clay Ford, widow of Edsel Ford, died at the age of 80.

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1982

35 years ago

After being caught on film during an FBI sting operation trying to broker a $24 million cocaine deal, John D. DeLorean, pioneer of the Pontiac Grand Prix and GTO and builder of the DeLorean DMC-12, was arrested on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. But two years later a federal jury ruled that he was a victim of entrapment, and DeLorean was acquitted of all charges. Continue Reading →

John DeLorean

John DeLorean

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1986

31 years ago

General Motors cancelled its plastic car project.

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1987

30 years ago

Racer Hermann Lang (78), one of the great drivers of the 1930s, died of natural causes. The German made his racing debut on the 16th June 1935 at the Nürburgring, finishing 5th. He went on to win several Grands Prix and to become the 1939 European Hill Climb Champion, at the time quite a desirable title. Continue Reading →

Hermann Lang

Hermann Lang

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1997

20 years ago

Cory McClenathan became the first person in NHRA history to register a 320 mph top speed at the end of a 1/4-mile run. His exact speed was 321.77 mph at Ennis, Texas.

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