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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18th November

1907

110 years ago

The Napier Motor Car Company of America, located in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts was dissolved. The firm was reorganised in 1909 but production of the American Napier ended in 1912.

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1908

109 years ago

The Overland Automobile Company and other business interests controlled by John N Willys were consolidated as the Willys-Overland Company.

John N Willys

John N Willys

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1916

101 years ago

The American Grand Prize, the last major race before the USA's entry into World War One caused a cessation of competition, was won by co-drivers Howard Wilcox and Gil Anderson. The pair won $7500. The race was included on the 1916 AAA National Championship Trail. Continue Reading →

1916 American Grand Prize

1916 American Grand Prize

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1918

99 years ago

Harry W. Ford (38), President of the Saxon Motor Car Company 1914-1918, died in New York City from pneumonia.

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1925

92 years ago

The Chevrolet 1929-31 ‘Eagle’ mascot was patented.

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1927

90 years ago

Henry Edmunds (74), the man who arranged the first meeting between H F Royce and Hon C S Rolls, died in Hove, England.

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1934

83 years ago

Piney E Holt (62) builder in 1896 of the first automobile in California and later an executive with the Caterpillar Tractor Company, died.

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1936

81 years ago

Supercharging was offered as a $415 extra-cost option on the Cord 812.

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1940

77 years ago

Buick built its 4,000,000th automobile.

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1940

77 years ago

The Richardson Pan-American Highway Expedition began as a white 1941 Plymouth P11 Deluxe four-door sedan, with special equipment including 18-inch “high-clearance” wheels driven by Sullivan Richardson, Arnold Whitaker and Kenneth C Van Hee departed Detroit on the first automobile trip from North America to Punta Arenas, Magallanes, Chile at the southern tip of South America. In scope and magnitude the epic adventure surpassed those pioneer automobilists that first crossed the United States at the turn of the century. The Richardson Expedition crossed not only the US but encompassed the area spanning two continents-crossing trackless wilderness, endless mud, un-chartered territory and obstacles of every sort that Mother Nature could throw against them. Continue Reading →

Richardson Pan-American Highway Expedition members

Richardson Pan-American Highway Expedition members

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1949

68 years ago

The 1950 Hudson Pacemakers were introduced as a lower priced, slightly shorter variant of the Super-Six series,.

1950 Hudson Pacemaker

1950 Hudson Pacemaker

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1956

61 years ago

NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Buck Baker prevailed with a last-lap pass, securing a thrilling victory by one foot over Joe Weatherly at Wilson (North Carolina, US) Speedway. Speedy Thompson, who led 184 of the 200 laps on the half-mile dirt track, finished third with Fireball Roberts fourth as the last driver on the lead lap. The race marked the last win and final race for eccentric team owner Carl Kiekhafer, who savored an astounding 52 wins in just two brief seasons in NASCAR’s premier series.

Buck Baker

Buck Baker

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1956

61 years ago

Ken Miles won the Cal Club Under-1.5 Liter Modified race and championship at Paramount Sportsman's Ranch near Agora, California, USA, driving the Pooper, a Porsche-powered Cooper Bobtail.

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1960

57 years ago

Just two weeks after the 1961 DeSoto was introduced to an uninterested market, Chrysler announced the termination of the DeSoto marque. The Chrysler DeSoto was a hit even before the first model was built in the summer of 1928. When Walter P. Continue Reading →

1961 DeSoto 4-door hardtop

1961 DeSoto 4-door hardtop

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1963

54 years ago

The Dartford-Purfleet Tunnel (now known simply as the Dartford Tunnel), linking Kent and Essex under the River Thames, was opened to road traffic. It initially served approximately 12,000 vehicles per day. The idea of a tunnel crossing was first proposed by the Ministry of Transport in 1924. Continue Reading →

Dartford Tunnel

Dartford Tunnel

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1964

53 years ago

Henri Pigozzi (66), Italian car merchant and industrialist, who established Société Industrielle de Méchanique et de Carrosserie Automobile, known as SIMCA at Nanterre, died.

Henri Pigozzi

Henri Pigozzi

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1984

33 years ago

General Motors acquired the EDS Corporation, a leading data processing and telecommunications company for $2.5 billion. EDS was to be the sole provider of information technology (IT) services for the company. EDS became independent again in 1996, signing a 10-year agreement to continue providing IT services to General Motors.

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1987

30 years ago

A special edition 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO hardtop was sold for $1,600,000 at an automobile auction in Italy, setting a new public auction record. Enzo Ferrari first introduced the GTO in 1954, and public demand for the series was so great that Ferrari was motivated to build its first assembly line. The 250 series, the most popular of which were the Testa Rossa and the GT Spyder, made Ferrari a legend. Continue Reading →

Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO

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1993

24 years ago

Eleven died in a collision between a lorry and a school bus at Leamington Spa.

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1996

21 years ago

Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott quit the role of Formula One's race director and safety delegate after just one season "to pursue other interests". The departure followed a season-long battle with other FIA officials over how the sport should be run. Lane-Nott's idea of discipline and organisation was clearly rather different from some of the F1 establishment. Continue Reading →

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1996

21 years ago

A revolutionary new Volkswagen factory opened in Resende, Brazil. The million-square-meter Resende factory did not have an ordinary assembly line staffed by Volkswagen workers: In fact, the only people on Volkswagen's payroll were the quality-control supervisors. Independent subcontractors were responsible for putting together every part of the trucks and buses that the factory produced. Continue Reading →

VW truck and bus plant, Resende, Brazil

VW truck and bus plant, Resende, Brazil

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2002

15 years ago

1980 World Champion Alan Jones was married on Daydream Island beach. The 56-year-old married Amanda Butler-Davis, the mother of his two 20-month-old twins Jack and Zara in a very private ceremony in the tropical setting.

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2005

12 years ago

Gerard Crombac (75), nicknamed Jabby, co-founder of French magazine Auto-Sport, died. He was one of the most famous and, with a record 578 Grands Prix, longest serving F1 journalists. He lived amidst the F1 scene when a journalist still could be a close friend of team bosses like Colin Chapman and work for his buddy's closest opponent, as was the case with Ken Tyrrell. Continue Reading →

Gerard Crombac

Gerard Crombac

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2005

12 years ago

The Ford Motor Company said it planned to eliminate 4,000 salaried jobs, 10 per cent of its North American white-collar workforce, as part of a larger restructuring plan.

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2009

8 years ago

South Korean auto giant Hyundai said it would roll out another new small car in India as it jostled with rivals for a larger slice of the fast-growing Indian market.

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2012

5 years ago

Two and a half years after a group of investors announced it would bring Formula One racing to Austin, Texas more than 117,000 fans packed into the just-completed Circuit of the Americas to watch the US Grand Prix. The 20-turn, anticlockwise track, construction of which began in January 2011, drew inspiration from the best circuits around the world, as well as taking advantage of the site's natural topography to include dramatic elevation changes of up to 40 metres.There is a steep, uphill run into the hairpin Turn One, which instantly became the venue's signature corner. Continue Reading →

2012 US Grand Prix

2012 US Grand Prix

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