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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14th November

1832

187 years ago

The world’s first streetcar, named the John Mason, began operation in New York City, running between Prince and 14th Streets in Lower Manhattan. For a long time, Americans had relied on horse-drawn carriages to get them around cities. In 1827, a new form of mass transit was built in New York City, called an omnibus. Continue Reading →

The first streetcar in the world - New York City, 1832

The first streetcar in the world - New York City, 1832

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1896

123 years ago

A red-letter day in the history of British motoring saw the Emancipation Run from London to Brighton to celebrate the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the requirement to be preceded by a man on foot. Organisers’ instructions stated: ‘Owners and drivers should remember that motor cars are on trial in England and that any rashness or carelessness might injure the industry in this country.’ Only 14 of the 33 starters reached Brighton, although it was hinted that a train had transported one of those fourteen finishers and that it had to be covered with mud before crossing the finishing line!

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1899

120 years ago

The Horch company was established by August Horch, a former production manager for Karl Benz, and a partner, with a capital of 30,000 Goldmark at Ehrenfeld, near Cologne. Horch later founded Audi, which is named after the Latin translation of his surname (Latin word for the regional Saxon expression, horch, which is the imperative form of “hark” - "listen" in German).

August Horch

August Horch

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1902

117 years ago

The following story appeared in the Daily Mail: The charge against Nicholas J. Wood, aged eighteen, living in Jermyn-street, of obtaining a motor-car, valued at £1,600, by false pretences from Mr. D. Continue Reading →

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1905

114 years ago

The Packard Motor Car Company was granted a trademark for its ‘Packard’ script logo.

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1910

109 years ago

Racer William H. Sharp died two days after his Sharp-Arrow crashed during the American Grand Prize race in Savannah, GA - his car would become the basis for the Mercer Raceabout

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1914

105 years ago

John and Horace Dodge completed their first vehicle, a car informally known as ‘Old Betsy’, and took it on a short test drive through the streets of Detroit, Michigan, US. Dodge vehicles became known for their quality and robustness, and by 1919 the Dodge brothers were among the richest men in America. Sadly, in 1920, both John and Horace, who suffered from chronic lung problems, died. Continue Reading →

Old Betsy

Old Betsy

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1920

99 years ago

The prototype Duesenberg Model A, the first passenger car to bear the Duesenberg name, was introduced in unpainted form at the Automobile Salon held at the Hotel Commodore in New York City. The Duesenberg Model A was the first automobile in series production to have hydraulic brakes and the first automobile in series production in the United States with a straight-eight engine (8.1 lire) Production was delayed by substantial changes to the design of the car, including a change in the engine valvetrain from horizontal overhead valves to an overhead camshaft; also during this time, the company had moved its headquarters and factory from New Jersey to Indiana. The Model A was manufactured in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 1921 to 1925 by the Duesenberg Automobiles and Motors Company and from 1925 to 1926 at the same factory by the restructured Duesenberg Motor Company.

Duesenberg Model A (1923)

Duesenberg Model A (1923)

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1922

97 years ago

Earl A Thompson was issued a patent for his ‘Automatic Fear Shifting Mechanism for Sliding Gear Transmission’ later known as ‘Synchro-Mesh’ for trademark purposes.

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1928

91 years ago

The Bayerische Motoren-Werke (BMW), an Eisenach, Germany motorcycle manufacturer, purchased the Dixi-Werke AG from Gothaer Waggonfabrik AG to enter the automobile. industry.

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1930

89 years ago

The Veteran Car Club, the world’s first organisation dedicated to the preservation of antique automobiles, was founded by S C H ‘Sammy’ Davis, J A Master and J A Wylie.

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1931

88 years ago

The 1932 Buick range of automobiles were introduced in the US.

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1940

79 years ago

The Alvis car plant in Coventry, England was one of 21 factories destroyed during a Nazi air raid, although the overall productive capacity of the city’s automotive industry was not seriously affected.

Alvis Car Company, Coventry (1939)

Alvis Car Company, Coventry (1939)

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1945

74 years ago

Tony Hulman purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Edward Rickenbacher for $750,000. The speedway was in a deplorable condition after four years of disuse during World War II, and before Hulman made his offer Rickenbacher was considering tearing the facilities down and selling the land. Hulman installed himself as chairman of the board of the raceway and named Wilbur Shaw as president. Continue Reading →

Tony Hulman

Tony Hulman

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1948

71 years ago

Red Byron won the final race of NASCAR's inaugural season at Jacksonville, Florida, US. Byron, winner of 11 of the 52 NASCAR-sanctioned events, edged Fonty Flock by 32.75 points to capture the inau­gural championship. Continue Reading →

Red Bryon

Red Bryon

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1951

68 years ago

The 1952 Packard 25th Series was introduced on a nationwide television comedy special hosted by Red Skelton.

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1962

57 years ago

The Jeep Wagoneer was introduced. it pioneered the sport utility vehicle concept. Based on a pickup truck chassis with a station wagon body style, the Wagoneer was more carlike than any other 4x4 on the market. Continue Reading →

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1965

54 years ago

Hap Sharp, driving a Chaparral, won the first race at the Stardust Road Course in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. It featured a flat, 3-mile (4.8 km), 13-turn road course, and a quarter-mile drag strip. Continue Reading →

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1979

40 years ago

Vauxhall launched its first-ever front-wheel drive car - the Astra range of hatchbacks and estates - to compete in the growing family hatchback sector. It replaced the traditional rear-wheel drive Viva saloon, which had been produced in three incarnations since 1963. Initial production of the Astra took place at the Opel factory in West Germany, with production transferred to Britain in 1981. Continue Reading →

Vauxhall Astra - 1979

Vauxhall Astra - 1979

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1993

26 years ago

Rusty Wallace nailed down his 10th win of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway, (US). Despite posting the most wins, as well as the most top-five and top-10 finishes, Wallace fell 80 points shy of winning the championship. Dale Earnhardt took his sixth NASCAR Winston Cup title.

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1995

24 years ago

Blur brought chaos to traffic in central London, England when over 3,000 fans turned up for a signing at 'Book's Etc' in Charring Cross Road.

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1996

23 years ago

The first General Motors electric car, the EV1, was produced in Lansing, Michigan. Its range was estimated at 70–90 miles before recharge.

GM's EV1

GM's EV1

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1998

21 years ago

Larry Kopp became the inaugural NHRA Pro Stock Truck champion when he qualified for the final race of the season in Pomona, California, US.

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2000

19 years ago

Ford began redevelopment of the entire Ford Rouge Center to include a new vehicle assembly plant as the centerpiece of the US's largest industrial redevelopment project.

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2000

19 years ago

Former Kajagoogoo singer Limahl narrowly missed death when a coach he was travelling on crashed. Limahl, (Chris Hamil), was on his way to perform at High Wycombe's Swan Theatre when the vehicle caught fire.

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2002

17 years ago

A hazard-perception element was introduced into the UK’s theory driving test; it used video clips to test candidates’ awareness of hazards on the road.

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2003

16 years ago

The BMW Williams team announced that Nico Rosberg and Nelson Piquet Jr would test for the team at Jerez de Frontera in the first week of December to evaluate whether either had the potential to be test drivers in 2004. Jaguar Racing also announced that it would test Red Bull backed Christian Klien and Townsend Bell at Valencia at the end of the month. Both Rosberg and Klien went on to race for Williams and Jaguar Racing while Piquet Jr secured a Renault drive in 2008.

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2004

15 years ago

Jimmie Johnson, ­counted out of the "Chase" a month ago, racked up his fourth win in five races in the final Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, South Carolina, US. Johnson rallied from a 247-point deficit and ninth place in the standings to 18 points behind leader Kurt Busch with one race remaining.

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2006

13 years ago

Texas officials closed the last two of Texas' famed Pig Stand restaurants, the only remaining pieces of the nation's first drive-in restaurant empire. The restaurants' owners were bankrupt, owing more than $200,000 in unpaid sales taxes. In 1921, Jessie G. Continue Reading →

Pig Stand Restaurant

Pig Stand Restaurant

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2006

13 years ago

Honda unveiled the hydrogen powered Honda FCX in Monterey, California.The vehicle's electrical power comes from a 100 kW Honda Vertical Flow (V Flow) hydrogen fuel cell stack whereby electricity is supplied on demand. In common with many electric vehicles, the car has regenerative braking and uses a separate battery to store energy recovered during braking. Continue Reading →

Honda FCX Clarity

Honda FCX Clarity

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2007

12 years ago

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A, Inc., unveiled the second-generation Sequoia full-size sport utility vehicle at a press conference at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2014

5 years ago

The most donuts around a car driving on two wheels in one minute of 10, was achieved by Han Yue (China) and Zhang Shengjun (Chinese Taipei) driving a MINI three door hatch and a BMW M4 Coupe in Chongqing, China.

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