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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28th May

1900

117 years ago

The Bologna-Corticella-Pog R–Malalbergo-Bologna road race in Italy was won by Lorenzo Ginori in a Bolide.

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1900

117 years ago

Frederick A. LaRoche registered ‘Multimobil’ as a trademark. He was the head of the American Darracq Automobile Company of New York City, importers of this French marque.

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1902

115 years ago

The British magazine 'Car Illustrated' first appeared.

Cover of the Car Illustrated magazine March 1903

Cover of the Car Illustrated magazine March 1903

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1907

110 years ago

The first Isle of Man TT Races took place, over the triangular St John’s Circuit. from St John's → Ballacraine → Kirk Michael → Peel → St John's. The race was ten laps of the 15 mile 1,430 yards course, a total race distance of 158. Continue Reading →

Rem Fowler on the Peugeot-engined Norton, winner of the twin-cylinder race

Rem Fowler on the Peugeot-engined Norton, winner of the twin-cylinder race

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1914

103 years ago

The last Irish hillclimb before WWI held at Ballinascorney, near Dublin was won by J T Wood driving a G.W.K.

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1916

101 years ago

Barney Oldfield driving his front-wheel-drive Christe lapped the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 102.6 mph, the first time that the 100 mph had been broken at the track.

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1919

98 years ago

The first Citroen car, the Model A went into production, prior to its launch in April. A massive advertising campaign had preceded it with full page advertisements in newspapers and magazines announcing the launch of 'Europe's first mass production' car. Orders for 16,000 cars were reported as having been received within a fortnight and the break-even target of 30,000 was reported as having been reached before any car left the plant. Continue Reading →

Citroën Type A

Citroën Type A

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1928

89 years ago

Dodge Brothers, Inc. and the Chrysler Corporation merged.

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1930

87 years ago

The 7,000,000th Chevrolet was produced, a 1930 2-door Coach.

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1932

85 years ago

The legendary Hockenheim circuit staged its first race, a motorcycle race, run over a 12 km unpaved layout. It was an anti-clockwise circuit, and it was used until 1937, after which it was remodelled to form the 7.7 km/4. Continue Reading →

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1933

84 years ago

The international Eifelrennen was the only major race at the Nürburgring in 1933 but the organization and meaning of the event held now on the North Loop portrayed that of an earlier German Grand Prix. Initially Chiron held the lead until his car gave trouble. Then Tazio Nuvolari took over from lap two onwards, never to relinquish the lead. Continue Reading →

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1933

84 years ago

Clashes in the calendar meant that the Targa Florio entry list was the weakest in many years with only 14 Italian drivers and with Scuderia Ferrari as the only team. What looked to be a foregone conclusion turned to a surprise when Borzacchini who was dominating the race crashed, handing the victory to his Bugatti team mate Pietro Ghersi.

Targa Florio - 1933

Targa Florio - 1933

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1937

80 years ago

The government of Germany--then under the control of Adolf Hitler of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party--formed a new state-owned automobile company, then known as Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH. Later that year, it was renamed simply Volkswagenwerk, or "The People's Car Company". The government allocated 480,000 reichmarks as start-up capital for the construction of a new factory, and on 26 May, 1938, Hitler laid the foundation stone in the Stadt des KdF-Wagens – renamed Wolfsburg in 1945, and still the home of Volkswagen today. Continue Reading →

1937 Volkswagen prototype

1937 Volkswagen prototype

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1937

80 years ago

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, while seated in the Oval Office, pressed a golden telegraph button to ceremonially open the Golden Gate Bridge to vehicular traffic. The president did so at 3 p. Continue Reading →

Golden Gate bridge May 1937

Golden Gate bridge May 1937

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1940

77 years ago

The 250,117th 1940 Buick was produced, breaking the company’s model year record set in 1928.

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1952

65 years ago

The first Dodge V-8 was produced.

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1953

64 years ago

The last Kaiser Dragon was produced. The name, Dragon, came from the vinyl upholstery claimed to resemble dragon skin.

Kaiser Dragon - 1953

Kaiser Dragon - 1953

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1961

56 years ago

"Lucky" Casner and Masten Gregory drove the Camoradi Maserati Tipo 61 to victory in the 1000 kilometre sports car race on the Nuburgring in Germany using only one set of tyres.

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1962

55 years ago

Assar Gabrielsson (70), co-founder of Volvo cars died. He held a bachelor's degree in economics and worked as a sales manager with bearing manufacturer SKF in Göteborg in the early 1900s. He was employed in 1916 by Björn Prytz at the sales department and was appointed sales manager for the entire SKF company group on June 20, 1922. Continue Reading →

Assar Gabrielsson

Assar Gabrielsson

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1963

54 years ago

The Medway services on the M2 motorway near Junction 4 in Kent, southeast England, opened. It was previously called Farthing Corner, which is the name of the nearby settlement.

Medway services - M2

Medway services - M2

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1971

46 years ago

The first nine miles of the M3, from Popham to Black Dam, Basingstoke, opened without fuss or ceremony, steering the Whitsun bank holiday traffic away from town.Today, the M3 runs for about 59 miles, starting in Sunbury-on- Thames, in Surrey, to the outskirts of Southampton – the last section being completed in 1995, controversially passing through Twyford Down, near Winchester.

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1973

44 years ago

Rain delayed the start of the Indianapolis 500 until the afernoon. At the start, Salt Walther tangled with another car and flipped into the catch fencing, injuring several spectators. Rain prevented the race from resuming. Continue Reading →

Start of 1973 Indianapolis 500

Start of 1973 Indianapolis 500

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1975

42 years ago

G Elizabeth Carmichael, transsexual promoter of the 3-wheel Dale, was convicted of fraud in Los Angeles, California, US. The Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation was an automobile company started by con-artist Geraldine Elizabeth Carmichael in 1974. The company's flagship vehicle was the Dale, a prototype three-wheeled two-seater sports car designed and built by Dale Clifft. Continue Reading →

G Elizabeth Carmichael

G Elizabeth Carmichael

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1978

39 years ago

Al Unser easily led the Indianapolis 500 but bent his Lola's front wing in the pitlane on lap 180. Tom Sneva charged to catch the crippled Lola but was 8 seconds short at the finish. Unser led 121 laps and held on for a third win on a very hot day. Continue Reading →

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1983

34 years ago

Driving a Porsche 956, Stefan Bellof set the record for the fastest lap on the 12.9-mile Nürburgring track, .6 minutes and 11.13 seconds, averaging 125.6 mph. In 1975, on the 14.2-mile track, F1 champ Niki Lauda lapped a Ferrari 312T in 6 minutes and 58.6 seconds, averaging 122 mph.

Stefan Bellof - Porsche 956

Stefan Bellof - Porsche 956

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1989

28 years ago

Two time Formula 1 Emerson Fittipaldi won a thrilling Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 167.581 mph. Al Unser Jr. Continue Reading →

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1989

28 years ago

The Mexican Grand Prix held at the Autodrome Hermanos Rodriguez, was won from pole position by Ayrton Senna driving a McLaren-Honda MP4/5 in a time of 1:35:21. Fifth place starter. Riccardo Patrese drove well to finish second 15. Continue Reading →

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1990

27 years ago

The longest recorded wheelie (5 hours 12 minutes 33 seconds was made by David Robilliard in the Channel Islands.

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1990

27 years ago

The ‘Father of Lean Manufacturing’, Taiichi Ohno (78), died. He devised the seven wastes (or muda in Japanese) as part of this system and wrote several books about the system, including Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production.

Taiichi Ohno

Taiichi Ohno

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1995

22 years ago

Jacques Villeneuve became the first Canadian to win the Indianapolis 500. Because of a 2-lap penalty for passing the pace car, he covered 505 miles to get the win. Also in this race, Honda became the first Japanese engine to participate in the 500.

Jacques Villeneuve holds the winner's bottle of milk in Victory Lane after winning the 1995 Indianapolis 500

Jacques Villeneuve holds the winner's bottle of milk in Victory Lane after winning the 1995 Indianapolis 500

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2000

17 years ago

Juan Pablo Montoya dominated the Indianapolis 500 by leading 167 of the 200 laps and winning for Chip Ganassi Racing. He was the first rookie to win the coveted event since Graham Hill did it in 1966.

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2000

17 years ago

The longest parade of Rolls-Royce cars on a public highway took place, when 420 took part in a 2-mile procession on the A55 outside Chester in Cheshire.

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2006

11 years ago

The Monaco Grand Prix is remembered by many people for Michael Schumacher's actions during the closing stages of the qualifying session for the race. Schumacher stopped his car in the Rascasse corner preventing his rival Fernando Alonso improving his time and most likely taking pole off Schumacher. Whether the move was deliberate is still a matter of debate. Continue Reading →

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2006

11 years ago

Sam Hornish Jr. earned his first Indianapolis 500 victory – and the record 14th Indy win for team owner Roger Penske – in dramatic fashion by passing rookie Marco Andretti on the last lap, just before the finish line. Hornish’s margin of victory was 0. Continue Reading →

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2014

3 years ago

Google announced that it would build 100 prototype driverless cars devoid of pedals, steering wheels or controls save an on/off switch.

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