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 November

1906

112 years ago

Tom Cooper. a longtime associate of Barney Oldfield and onetime owner of the Ford "999", was killed in an automobile accident in New York City.

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1912

106 years ago

Thomas Neal became the first Chairman of General Motors.

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1921

97 years ago

Ormand E Hunt was appointed Chief Engineer of Chevrolet.

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1922

96 years ago

Coppa Florio VI run over 432 km of the Medio Madonie circuit on Sicily was won by André Boillot driving a Peugeot in a time of 7 hours 9 minutes. The surface of the 69 mile circuit was rough and included over 1,600 corners. Upon inspecting the circuit, Louis Coatalen exclaimed “Quel spectacle de desolation!”. Continue Reading →

1922 Coppa Florio VI

1922 Coppa Florio VI

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1925

93 years ago

British MPs considering the Criminal Justice Bill rejected prison sentences for reckless driving, but voted for sentences of up to 4 months for drunkenness whilst in charge of a car. Critics complained about the difficulty of telling whether a driver was drunk, but the Home Secretary stood firm and approved a £50 fine as an extra.

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1928

90 years ago

Carlos C. Booth (66), M.D. Continue Reading →

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1934

84 years ago

Frazer Nash-BMW in Munich granted AFN the sole concession to import and sell BMW models in the United Kingdom and British Empire. The most popular model was the 2-seater 328, which continued to be produced after the war. As well as the V8-engined 502 and 503 models, AFN also handled imports of the Isetta bubble car. Continue Reading →

BMW 328

BMW 328

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1937

81 years ago

George Eyston in the enormous 7-ton 73 litre twin Rolls Royce aeroengined Thunderbolt, established a new world land speed record of 311.42 mph (502 km/h) on the Bonneville Salts Flats in Utah.

Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt

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1951

67 years ago

The last 1951 Pontiac was produced.

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1954

64 years ago

Ford Robinson was killed during the Carrera Panamerica when his Ferrari crashed at 208 mph on the Tehuantepec straight in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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1954

64 years ago

Sammy Davis, Jr., a member of the “Rat Pack”, was involved in a serious auto accident in San Bernardino, California as he was making a return trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. The accident occurred at a fork in Route 66 at Cajon Boulevard and Kendall Drive. Continue Reading →

Sammy Davis Jr. performing in 1966

Sammy Davis Jr. performing in 1966

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1954

64 years ago

The world's first automatic toll collection machine went into service at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway, US. In order to pass through the toll area, motorists dropped 25¢ into a wire mesh hopper and then a green light would flash permitting passage through the toll. The automatic toll collection machine was an important innovation for America's modern toll highway, which first appeared in 1940 with the opening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Continue Reading →

The Garden State Parkway in Iselin.

The Garden State Parkway in Iselin.

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1954

64 years ago

The 1955 Buicks and Oldsmobiles were introduced.

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1956

62 years ago

The 1957 Pontiacs were introduced to the US public.

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1956

62 years ago

Henry Ford II announced that the Ford Motor Company's new marque would be called the Edsel and the Special Products Division would become the Edsel Division.

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1959

59 years ago

Ford announced the end of the Edsel program. However, production continued until late in November, with the final tally of 2,846 model year 1960 cars. Total Edsel sales were approximately 116,000, less than half the company's projected break-even point. Continue Reading →

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1961

57 years ago

Parnelli Jones drove a Kuzma-Offy to victory in the USAC Championship race on the dirt oval in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

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1961

57 years ago

Al Keller (41) died as a result of injuries sustained in a fiery Champ Car crash at the Arizona State Fairgrounds track. Keller drove in the Indianapolis 500 when it was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960 but he was more famous for racing in the NASCAR series from 1949 to 1956 with 29 career starts. He won two races during the 1954 season and was the first driver in the history of NASCAR's top division to have won a race in a foreign-built car, winning the 1954 Grand National road-race at the Linden Airport in New Jersey. Continue Reading →

Al Keller

Al Keller

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1967

51 years ago

Mario Andretti won the USAC Championship race at Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

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1980

38 years ago

Ken Langley and Garry Sowerby crashed their Volvo DL wagon through a red-and-yellow paper finish line and into the record books for the fastest-ever drive around the world. With Sowerby at the wheel and Langley navigating, the 'Odyssey 77' team drove through 24 countries across North America, Australia, Europe and Asia. They had to drive the equivalent length of the Earth's equator -- 24,901. Continue Reading →

Garry Sowerby

Garry Sowerby

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1981

37 years ago

Nimrod Racing Automobiles (NRA) was officially launched at Goodwood, England, with James Hunt and Sterling Moss performing demonstration runs in their Aston Martin powered cars. Three cars. NRA/C2s were built for competition in 1982, with two being run by the works team while the third was sold to Dawnay Racing, a team owned by the then AMOC president Viscount Downe. Continue Reading →

A privateer NRA/C2

A privateer NRA/C2

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1987

31 years ago

London dealer, Nicholas Harley paid £5.5 million for a 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Sports Coupe at an auction held by Christies at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The Bugatti Royale was an incredible display of wealth. Continue Reading →

1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Sports Coupe

1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Sports Coupe

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1990

28 years ago

Major job cuts were reported to be on the way at the Rover Group as the recession affected demand for the company's Rover and Land Rover products.

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1993

25 years ago

Toyota and General Motors signed an historic agreement to sell the Chevy Cavalier in Japan as the Toyota Cavalier. In a sense, the U.S.-built but Japanese-inspired Cavalier was returning home. The popular Cavalier, which was first introduced in 1981, was Detroit's answer to Japan's fuel-efficient and well-made compacts.

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1996

22 years ago

The structure of the 12.9 km (8 mile) Confederation Bridge, spanning the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Strait, was completed. The two-lane toll bridge carries the Trans-Canada Highway between Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island (at Route 1) and Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick (at Route 16). Continue Reading →

Confederation Bridge

Confederation Bridge

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2004

14 years ago

Kasey Kahne went to go 2-for-2 in his first two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts while Bobby Hamilton finished 16th to wrap up his only championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida, US. Kahne led 54 of 134 laps of the Ford 200 and took the checkered flag 1.016 seconds ahead of teammate Ted Musgrave in a 1-2 sweep by Jim Smith-owned Dodges. Continue Reading →

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2004

14 years ago

BAR boss Dave Richards was shown the door after Honda bought a 45% stake in the team for around $150 million. Although he had guided Jenson Button to third in the drivers' championship, it was his dispute with Button over a contract that many believe led to his departure to be replaced by Nick Fry. ""I am the one person who came out of that affair undamaged," Richards said. Continue Reading →

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2006

12 years ago

Mark Martin's started in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to mark his final race with Jack Roush. Martin ran 19 years with Roush Racing, posting 35 NASCAR Nextel Cup wins. The 47-year-old Martin planned to run a limited schedule for owner Bobby Ginn in 2007. Continue Reading →

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2006

12 years ago

Kamui Kobayashi started from pole position for the Macau Grand Prix but tangled with Marko Asmer and Paul di Resta to leave Mike Conway ahead of Kohei Hirate. Kobayashi charged back through the field before retiring after a crash with Romain Grosjean. Another man on the move was Richard Antinucci who made several passes to finish second, just behind Conway. Continue Reading →

Kamui Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi

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2009

9 years ago

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen confirmed he was taking a one-year sabbatical from Formula One adding it was uncertain whether he would return in 2011 - he did not. He was replaced by Fernando Alonso at Ferrari and says he prefered to take a year off and wait for a place with a competitive team after failing to reach a deal with McLaren, who opted to sign Jenson Button to partner Lewis Hamilton.

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2010

8 years ago

The Los Angeles Auto Show opened. Fiat, now associated with Chrysler, introduced its tiny Fiat 500 to the US public. Fiat sales in America began in January 2011, following a 27-year absence.

The old Fiat 500 (1966 version) and the new 500.

The old Fiat 500 (1966 version) and the new 500.

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2012

6 years ago

The 1 millionth Fiat 500, a Lounge model ‘dressed’ in elegant three-layer Bianco Perla (white pearl) exterior paint, rolled off the Fiat Auto Poland production line. This, like every '500', was a unique car. In fact, thanks to more than 500,000 possible combinations of exterior colorus, interiors, engines, equipment and accessories, it is difficult to find two identical Fiat 500 vehicles.

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