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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23rd March

1861

156 years ago

The appositely named George Francis Train began operating his trams along the Bayswater Road in London, from Notting Hill to Marble Arch.The tram proved a commercial success, because of the smooth and even rails needing just two horses to pull a nominal 32 passengers, though it is seems more like 50 could crowd on the vehicles. This gave them an advantage over horse drawn omnibuses bumping over cobbles and potholes, and thus able to carry only half the number. Continue Reading →

A view of 'The People' horse tram at the eastern end of Victoria Street, London on the single-line section opened by George Francis Train in 1861

A view of 'The People' horse tram at the eastern end of Victoria Street, London on the single-line section opened by George Francis Train in 1861

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1899

118 years ago

The first of the legendary Nice Speed Trials were held on the Promenade des Anglais, when cars were timed over 1 mile from a standing start. Lemaitre’s 20-hp Peugeot was the fastest with a time of 95.6 seconds (average speed 37.5 mph) - the first petrol car to win a sprint event. On the following day, Lemaitre also won the La Turbie Hillclimb at 25.4 mph.

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1901

116 years ago

Chicago's first official auto show opened. Under the auspices of Motor Age magazine, the eight-day event took place inside the Coliseum exposition hall, situated 15th Street and 16th Wabash Avenue. Prices for exhibit space on the main floor, which measured 300 feet long by 170 feet wide, ranged from $1. Continue Reading →

On display during the first Chicago Auto Show was the 1901 Motorette, manufactured by the George N. Pierce Co. of Buffalo, New York.

On display during the first Chicago Auto Show was the 1901 Motorette, manufactured by the George N. Pierce Co. of Buffalo, New York.

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1909

108 years ago

Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach with his son Karl Maybach as director. The company was originally a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin/GmbH and was itself known as "Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH" (literally Airship Engine Company) until 1918. Today, the brand is owned by Daimler AG and based in Stuttgart. Continue Reading →

Maybach symbol

Maybach symbol

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1915

102 years ago

The British Army ordered 50 FWD trucks to be delivered in 40 days.

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1930

87 years ago

Baconin Borzacchini in a Maserati V4 won the Tripoli Grand Prix at Mellaha.

Maserati V4

Maserati V4

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1932

85 years ago

Building work on the legendary Hockenheimring race track in Germany, commenced. It was originally built in 1932 using roads in the forest as an alternative to the Wildpark-Circuit in Karlsruhe, which became forbidden as a racing circuit by German officials. The Hockenheimring was used for motorcycle racing and was expanded to be used as test track for Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union in 1936. Continue Reading →

The Hockenheimring race track - 1949

The Hockenheimring race track - 1949

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1936

81 years ago

Hans Stuck in a 6.0L Auto Union established B and C class records for the flying 5 km {312.446 km/h 194.145 mph [57.61 s] along a closed section of the highway between Frankfurt and Heidelberg. During the return the engine overheated destroying two cylinders and Auto Union had to postpone further runs to the next day.

Hans Stuck

Hans Stuck

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1946

71 years ago

The Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd introduced the Monarch, a new marque combining Ford and Mercury styling and engineering features.

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1952

65 years ago

The Urugayan Grand Prix at Piriápolis) was won by Juan Manuel Fangio in a Ferrari 166.

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1953

64 years ago

The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation announced plans to purchase the Willys-Overland Company.

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1956

61 years ago

The Studebaker-Packard Corporation halted merger talks with the Ford Motor Company to pursue talks with the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Studebaker-Packard itself was the result of a merger in which the large Studebaker firm merged with the small and successful Packard line. After World War II the independent car manufacturers had a difficult time keeping pace with the production capabilities of the Big Three, who were able to produce more cars at lower prices to meet the demands of a population starved for cars. Continue Reading →

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1958

59 years ago

The first two production DAF cars, DAF 600’s rolled of the assembly line. The 600 was the first production car after the 1920s Clyno to have a continuously variable transmission (CVT) system - the innovative DAF Variomatic. The DAF Variomatic employs engine speed, via centrifugal weights, to shift the transmission and is enhanced by an engine manifold vacuum. Continue Reading →

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1963

54 years ago

Ferrari dominated, taking the first six places in the Sebring 12 Hour World Sports Car Championship race. John Surtees and Ludovico Scarfiotti drove a new 3.0 liter 250P to victory with another 250P of Willy Mairesse/Nino Vaccarella second. The American challenge of Cobra, Corvette and Chaparral collapsed and the new Jaguar E-Type of Bruce McLaren and Walt Hansgen had brake trouble to set up the Ferrari sweep.

1963 Sebring 12 Hours start

1963 Sebring 12 Hours start

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1967

50 years ago

Trowell services on the M1 motorway north of junction 27 in Nuthall, Nottinghamshire, was opened by Mecca Leisure. It appeared in an episode of the second series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, where the actors discuss who they would be in The Magnificent Seven. Trowell services was also the location for part of the 2009 British film Hush and is also used as a Visual Reference and Reporting Point for general aviation traffic entering East Midlands Airport controlled airspace from the north.

Trowell services

Trowell services

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1968

49 years ago

Hans Herrmann and Jo Siffert won the Sebring 12 Hour World Sports Car Championship race as Porsches finished 1-2. The Paul Hawkins/David Hobbs Ford GT40 took the lead when the Porsches refueled. Hawkins led until a collision with a "lady driver" forced the Australian to pit for repairs. Continue Reading →

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1970

47 years ago

American Motors introduced the AMX/3, an upscale sports car in Rome, Italy, but production ended after six pre-production prototypes. Built on a 105.3-inch (2,675 mm) wheelbase, the prototypes used the AMC 390 cu in (6. Continue Reading →

AMX/3,

AMX/3,

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1972

45 years ago

Evil Knievel broke 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars on a motorcycle.

Evil Knievel - March 1972

Evil Knievel - March 1972

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1981

36 years ago

Nine time world champion motorcyclist Mike Hailwood (42) died along with his young daughter Michelle in a car crash. Hailwood was en route with his two children – his son David survived – to pick up fish and chips for the family's dinner when a lorry turned suddenly into the car's path. The lorry driver was to be fined £100. Continue Reading →

Mike Hailwood

Mike Hailwood

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1985

32 years ago

Bob Wolleck and A.J. Foyt drove the Swap Shop Porsche 962 to victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

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1986

31 years ago

The Brazilian Grand Prix was held at Jacarepaguá. Nigel Mansell was out of the race on the first lap after an overtaking attempt on Senna saw him in the wall. Otherwise it was a relatively uneventful race. Continue Reading →

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1987

30 years ago

Thirty-one people were injured after a car bomb exploded at a British army base in West Germany. The device, believed to contain 300lbs (136kg) of explosive, went off close to the officers' mess at Rheindahlen, 50 miles (80km) from the West German capital Bonn. Twenty-seven West Germans and four Britons were hurt.

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1992

25 years ago

General Motors applied to register the trademark of "STINGRAY".

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2002

15 years ago

Ben Hollioake (24) died in Perth, Australia near to his childhood school Wesley College, Perth, when he crashed his Porsche 968 convertible into a wall on the Mill Point Road exit of the Kwinana Freeway on his way home from a family celebration. The corner where he died is widely known as "Hollioake Bend". His death at the age of 24 years 132 days was the youngest of any England Test cricketer.

Ben Hollioake

Ben Hollioake

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2003

14 years ago

The Malaysian Grand Prix was held at Sepang. the second race of the 2003 Formula One season, and it was won by Kimi Räikkönen driving the MP4-17 for McLaren-Mercedes. This was Räikkönen's first Formula One Grand Prix victory. Continue Reading →

Start of the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix

Start of the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix

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2005

12 years ago

A road sign powered by wind and solar power was erected on the A1 near Peterborough. The environmentally-friendly sign, worth almost £20,000, was designed to reduce the number of accidents near Thornhaugh village. A Highways Agency spokesman said the sign would flash the words "slow down" when approached by vehicles driving at a certain speed.

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2006

11 years ago

The highest rate of Vehicle Excise Duty ("Band G") only applies to vehicles manufactured after this day - the maximum VED for vehicles manufactured before that date was £190 for petrol-powered vehicles, or £195 for diesel-powered vehicles.

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2006

11 years ago

General Motors Corp. said that raised nearly $9 billion in cash by selling a majority interest in its commercial mortgage division and had spruced up the finances of the auto loan and insurance business the struggling automaker was still trying to sell.

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2006

11 years ago

The incredible 1,000 bhp Bugatti Veyron made its first appearance at a UK event when it roared up the Goodwood hillclimb during the annual Festival of Speed press launch. There were also debut appearances for the Maserati GranSport Spyder, Prodrive P2 and Range Rover Sport Supercharged HST.

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

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2008

9 years ago

South Korea's Hyundai Motor said it would begin mass producing hybrid cars next year amid growing demand for fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles.

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2009

8 years ago

India’s Tata Motors launched its ultra-cheap ($2,000) two-cylinder 624 cc Nano car in Mumbai. The vehicle was hoped to herald a revolution by making it possible for the world's poor to purchase their first car. Creative cost-saving was evident throughout the Nano. Continue Reading →

Tata Nano

Tata Nano

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