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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30th August

1867

149 years ago

The first prearranged match race of two self-powered road vehicles over a prescribed route occurred at 4:30 am, between Ashton-under-Lyne and Old Trafford (England), a distance of eight miles. It was won by the carriage of Isaac Watt Boulton, one of six he said he had run over the years, perhaps driven by his 22-year old-son, Philip. The race was against Daniel Adamson's carriage, likely the one made for Mr. Continue Reading →

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1898

118 years ago

Henry Ford, of Detroit, Michigan, received a US patent for a carburettor (fuel injector) especially designed for use in connection with gas or vapour engines.

Henry Ford

Henry Ford

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1916

100 years ago

Studebaker announced the release of the Heaslet Special, a semi-custom touring car. The car was named in honour of Studebaker's vice president of engineering, James G. Heaslet.

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1920

96 years ago

Ernest Fridrich drove a Bugatti to victory in the Coupe International des Voiterettes on the 10.8 mile Circuit Permanent de la Sarthe, in France.

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1921

95 years ago

René Eycken, a passenger of André Boillot in a 3 L Talbot-Darracq Grand Prix car died at the Malchamps hillclimb at Spa in Belgium.

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1926

90 years ago

General Motors New Zealand Ltd. began assembly operations at Petone. In 1987 the Labour government slashed tariffs on completely built up cars, effectively putting an end to car manufacturing in New Zealand. Continue Reading →

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1929

87 years ago

Colonel E. H. Green took delivery of a new combination gas and electric car, built by the General Electric Company.

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1930

86 years ago

The 14.9-bhp Morris Major, available as both a saloon (£215) and a coupé (£220), was launched by Morris Motors. The engine was similar to that of the Morris Oxford Six as was the chassis. Continue Reading →

Morris Major

Morris Major

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1932

84 years ago

The Ford Sedan Delivery Car Type 130-B was introduced.

Ford Sedan Delivery Car Type 130-B

Ford Sedan Delivery Car Type 130-B

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1932

84 years ago

The earliest known patent related to power steering was filed by American engineer Francis W. Davis.The American engineer was well aware of the problems drivers faced in the early 20th century. Continue Reading →

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1934

82 years ago

The Packard Twelfth Series Eight was introduced with a factory bulletin to dealers that they would be called 1935 Packards, the first time that the company had officially used year dates to identify cars.

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1945

71 years ago

A pale green Super Six coupe rolled off the Hudson Company's assembly line, the first post-World War II car to be produced by the car manufacturer. Like all other US marques, Hudson had halted production of civilian cars in order to produce armaments during the war. The Super Six boasted the first modern, high-compression L-head motor, though its name was derived from the original Hudson-manufactured engine produced in 1916. Continue Reading →

Hudson Super Six Coupe (1946)

Hudson Super Six Coupe (1946)

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1956

60 years ago

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened, connecting New Orleans with its north shore suburbs. At 24 miles it was the world’s longest over-water highway bridge. Made up of two parallel bridges, the causeway is supported by 95,000 hollow concrete pilings sunk into the lakebed. Continue Reading →

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

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1956

60 years ago

Harold Watkinson, the Minister for Transport, announced the creation of a part-time force of traffic wardens to help the police supervise parking meters, which would be paid for from the revenue of the meters that were due to be installed throughout Britain.

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1980

36 years ago

Willie Nelson's classic "On the Road Again" entered the US chart. The song would eventually reach number one and become an American classic.

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1981

35 years ago

A frantic battle in the closing stages of the Dutch Grand Prix saw Alain Prost emerge victorious ahead of Nelson Piquet and Alan Jones. Jones tried to pass Prost on numerous occasions but his efforts took a toll on his tyres, allowing Piquet to get past and secure second.

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1992

24 years ago

Benneton’s Michael Schumacher took the first win of his career at the Belgium Grand Prix. The Benetton B192's win also marks as the last F1 car to win a Grand Prix while sporting a H-Pattern manual gearbox. Second and third for Williams drivers Nigel Mansell (who survived a collision with Jean Alesi at the first corner) and Riccardo Patrese, secured for the team their first Constructor's title since 1987.

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1998

18 years ago

Damon Hill secured the first ever victory for the Jordan F1 team, winning his first grand prix since 1996 and leading home Ralf Schumacher for a team 1-2. McLaren's David Coulthard triggered a massive accident at the start of the race, with 13 cars involved. After the restart, Michael Schumacher forged into the lead and looked to have the race victory sewn up before he crashed into the back of David Coulthard whilst trying to lap him. Continue Reading →

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2002

14 years ago

The last ever Rolls-Royce built at the Crewe factory in Cheshire, the home of Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars since 1946, rolled off the production line. The unique two-door, Silver-Storm-coloured, convertible Rolls-Royce Corniche, had a specially designed interior based on that of the famous 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. All last-of-line Rolls-Royce series models, including, therefore, the last ever Crewe-built Rolls-Royce, were badged with the distinctive red interlocked ‘R-R’ of the original Rolls-Royce motor cars.

Rolls-Royce Corniche covertible

Rolls-Royce Corniche covertible

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2006

10 years ago

The California State Senate passed Assembly Bill (AB) 32, otherwise known as the Global Warming Solutions Act. The law made California the first state in America to place caps on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, including those found in automobile emissions.

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