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.

On This Day


3rd March

1893

128 years ago

US Congress authorised Agriculture Secretary J Sterling Morton to establish the Office of Road Inquiry, the first Federal Road Agency.

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1927

94 years ago

World Land Speed Record holder Parry Thomas (42), was killed at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, Wales when the chain of his car, the High Special Babs, snapped severing his head. He was the first driver to die during a world land speed record attempt. This was the final world land speed record attempt made at Pendine Sands.

Parry Thomas

Parry Thomas

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1932

89 years ago

Alfieri Maserati (44) Italian automotive engineer, known for establishing and leading the Maserati racing car manufacturer with the other Maserati Brothers, died from liver complications related to an accident in 1928.

Alfieri Maserati

Alfieri Maserati

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1939

82 years ago

The Opel Kapitän was launched at the Geneva Motor Show, initially available in many different body styles, the most popular one being the 4-door saloon. The pre-war Kapitän featured a unitary body, a modern feature for its time. The car inherited its 2.5-litre engine from its predecessor: in this application a maximum speed of 73 mph (118 km/h) was reported.

Opel Kapitan

Opel Kapitan

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1939

82 years ago

The Bugatti Royale Binder Coupe de Ville was completed.

Bugatti Royale Binder Coupe de Ville - 1939

Bugatti Royale Binder Coupe de Ville - 1939

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1942

79 years ago

The Auburn Automobile Company, builder of the classic Auburn automobiles, changes its name to the American Central Manufacturing Company. Having started by Charles Eckhart in 1875 as the Eckhart Carriage Company of Auburn Indiana, the company's heyday was after it was purchased by Errett Lobban Cord in 1925. One of the most famous Auburns was the 851 Speedster in 1935. Continue Reading →

1935 Auburn Speedster advertisement

1935 Auburn Speedster advertisement

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1942

79 years ago

Production of civilian trucks was halted by the US government for the duration of World War II.

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1947

74 years ago

The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation began production of its own engine in the leased Continental Motors Inc., plant in Detroit, Michigan, US.

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1949

72 years ago

The post-war car market was so strong in the United States that a number of bold entrepreneurs formed independent car companies to challenge the established Big Three. Arguably the most remarkable such independent was the Tucker Corporation, founded by Preston "P.T. Continue Reading →

Tucker Corporation Christmas Card, 1947. The card illustrates the basic design of the 1948 Tucker, but with non-production trim.

Tucker Corporation Christmas Card, 1947. The card illustrates the basic design of the 1948 Tucker, but with non-production trim.

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1956

65 years ago

Ernst Loof (48) died in Bonn Germany. A multiple motorcycle champion prior to the war, Loof also worked as a BMW engineer and built the special 328 coupe which Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Baumer used to win the truncated 1940 Mille Miglia. After the war Loof established himself quite a reputation as designer of the Veritas cars and drove one of these BMW-engined machines in the 1953 German Grand Prix. Continue Reading →

Ernst Loof

Ernst Loof

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1957

64 years ago

Jack Smith took the lead from Buck Baker with 14 laps to go and won the 100 mile NASCAR Grand National race on the 1/2 mile dirt Concord Speedway. Baker finished second and Speedy Thompson third, giving owner Hugh Babb's factory backed Chevy team a 1-2-3 sweep. Mel Larson of Las Vegas won the pole in his independent Ford, but was retired early.

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1958

63 years ago

The first Subaru, the Subaru 360 was launched. At that time, Japanese automobile manufacturers were working on developing small cars according to a plan calling for the production of a "people's car" as advocated by Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry. The Subaru 360 was developed in line with this concept. Continue Reading →

Subaru 360

Subaru 360

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1964

57 years ago

Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, Italy entered voluntary receivership..

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1972

49 years ago

Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar Motors, retired as Chairman of Jaguar Cars Ltd. He ruled Jaguar with an iron fist and an iron will. Even when Jaguar was later absorbed by the larger British Motor Corporation, Sir William made it clear that in matters concerning Jaguar, he was the ultimate authority. Continue Reading →

Sir William Lyons

Sir William Lyons

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1973

48 years ago

Mike ‘the Bike’ Hailwood, already one of the world’s top motorbike riders switched to four wheels to try his hand at grand prix racing. He was on the grid for the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami when his car was struck by Clay Regazzoni’s BRM which then burst into flames with Regazzoni unconscious at the wheel. Hailwood immediately dived into the flames, undid Regazzoni’s seatbelts and dragged him clear of the burning wreckage. Continue Reading →

Mike Hailwood and Clay Regazzoni 1973 South African Grand Prix at Kyalami

Mike Hailwood and Clay Regazzoni 1973 South African Grand Prix at Kyalami

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1974

47 years ago

Richard Petty drove his Dodge to victory in the 'Carolina 500' NASCAR Grand National race at the North Carolina Motor Speedway. Cale Yarborough, in the Richard Howard Chevy, finished more than a lap behind in second. After the race, Petty criticized the new NASCAR point system.

Richard Petty

Richard Petty

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1977

44 years ago

The former factory of the Chandler Motor Car Company in Cleveland, Ohio, US was destroyed by fire.

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1980

41 years ago

The Audi Quattro coupe was launched to a stunned reception at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show. Until then, the all-wheel-drive principle had been restricted to relatively clumsy off-road vehicles, but the Audi Quattro was a genuine high performance car. A red 1983 Quattro was driven by DCI Gene ‘fire up the Quattro’ Hunt, (played by Philip Glenister) in the television drama Ashes to Ashes (aired on BBC1 from 2008 to 2010).

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1991

30 years ago

Kyle Petty led 380 of the 492 laps in Rockingham's Goodwrench 500, North Carolina,(US) but had to rally from a lap deficit to seal his first win of the season.

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1991

30 years ago

The Intrepid, with Wayne Taylor driving, makes its IMSA GTP racing debut with a second place finish at West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

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1992

29 years ago

Nigel Mansell set the fastest lap on his way to winning the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami in his Williams. He also took pole for the race. Riccardo Patrese was second in the other Williams and Ayrton Senna finished third in his McLaren.

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1992

29 years ago

Maria Grazia Lombardi (50), best known as Lella Lombardi, a female racing driver from Italy who participated in 17 F1 World Championship Grands Prix, died. She scored a total of 0.5 championship points, and is the only female Formula One driver in history to have a top 6 finish in a World Championship race, at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix. Half points were awarded for this race due to a shortened race distance; hence Lombardi received half a point instead of the usual one point.

Maria Grazia Lombardi

Maria Grazia Lombardi

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1996

25 years ago

In his 96th Cup start, Jeff Gordon won his 10th race, finishing .56 seconds ahead of Dale Jarrett in the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond, Virginia, US.

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1996

25 years ago

Jimmy Vasser drove his Reynard-Honda to victory in the CART race in Homestead, Florida, USA. It was the first CART win for Vasser and the first CART race held at Homestead.

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2002

19 years ago

The Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the season, was won by defending World Champion Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari F2001, becoming just the eighth driver to win the event three times since it was first held in 1928. Another hero was Mark Webber, the Australian driver making his F1 debut for the Minardi team which was then owned by Australian Paul Stoddart. Weber finished fifth for the minnows earning 2 points and a fantastic reaction from his boss and the home crowd.

2002 Australian Grand Prix start

2002 Australian Grand Prix start

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2005

16 years ago

The Lancer Evolution IX high-performance 4WD sports saloon went on sale in Japan.

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2006

15 years ago

The M4 Toll was announced as part of a raft of measures to improve road transport in Wales. It was estimated that the road would cost £350m, and be financed by a Private finance initiative (PFI) with the Welsh Assembly. Construction was expected to begin by 2009, with the tolling using satellite tracking or radar-tag systems.

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2009

12 years ago

The ultra-luxurious Maybach Zeppelin saloon went on sale, with a starting price of $523,870 for the Maybach 57 Zeppelin and $610,580 for the Maybach 62 Zeppelin. Daimler-Benz, owner of the Maybach brand, announced that only 100 Zeppelins would be built, with each vehicle hand-crafted to its individual buyer's specifications. Among the Zeppelin's many optional amenities was the world's first perfume-atomising system, for which customers could even have their own personal fragrance designed.

Maybach Zeppelin

Maybach Zeppelin

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2011

10 years ago

The 6.5 litre (650 bhp) Lamborghini Aventador, capable of 217 mph (0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds) was launched at the Geneva Motor Show, five months after its initial unveiling in Sant'Agata Bolognese. The vehicle, internally codenamed LB834, was designed to replace the ten-year-old Murciélago as the new flagship model.

Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini Aventador

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2011

10 years ago

It was announced that Bristol Cars had gone into administration, with the immediate loss of 22 jobs. The first car, the 1947 Bristol 400, was heavily based on pre-WW2 BMWs. The body looked very like the BMW 327, while its engine and suspension were clones of BMW designs (engine and front suspension based on those of the BMW 328, rear suspension from the BMW 326). Continue Reading →

Bristol 401 (1948-53)

Bristol 401 (1948-53)

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