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 January

1902

115 years ago

Byron J. Carter applied for a United States patent on his three-cylinder steam engine. This steam engine was the first engine used in the 1902 “Jaxon” steam car.

Jaxon steam car - 1903

Jaxon steam car - 1903

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1904

113 years ago

The Society of Automotive Engineers was organised in New York City, US. In the early 1900s there were dozens of automobile manufacturers in the United States, and many more worldwide. Auto manufacturers and parts companies joined trade groups that promoted business. Continue Reading →

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1907

110 years ago

The Hispåno-Suiza was introduced in England at the Midland Motor Show in Bingley Hall, near Birmingham.

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1908

109 years ago

The first production Lancia, the 12HP Alpha was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show. Originally, it bore the name "type 51" but for marketing reasons it was changed to Alpha, the name of the first letter of the Greek alphabet. It was available as a straight chassis and bodied in a variety of styles from closed landaulets (limousine-style) to sporting two-seater Corsas. Continue Reading →

Lancia Alpha 1907 - 1909

Lancia Alpha 1907 - 1909

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1919

98 years ago

Bentley Motors was established in London, England by W. O. Bentley and his brother H. Continue Reading →

The Bentley badge and hood ornament

The Bentley badge and hood ornament

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1934

83 years ago

Manfred Von Brauchitsch drove the Mercedes-Benz W25 Grand Prix car during its first test runs, on the Autostrada between Milan and Varese in Italy.

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1937

80 years ago

Horse-drawn traffic was banned from the West End of London.

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1937

80 years ago

Ford built its 25-millionth car.

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1937

80 years ago

Time magazine reported issue that Henry Ford drew dividends but no salary, while son Edsel's $100,378 was topped by Vice President Peter. E. Martin's $128,008 and Charles Sorensen's $115,100.

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1940

77 years ago

The Packard Eighteenth Series 120 was introduced. It was offered in a full range of body styles from coupe to Touring Limousine, with prices for the model range between $1,099 and $1,856. The One-Twenty is an important car in Packard's history because it signified the first time that Packard entered into the highly competitive mid-priced eight-cylinder car market.

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1952

65 years ago

The Willys-Overland Company, the primary contractor of jeeps for the US military during World War Two, re-entered the commercial automobile market, with an updated Willys Aero, a sporty two-seater.

Willys Aero

Willys Aero

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1953

64 years ago

The inaugural Argentine Grand Prix was marred by the death of at least seven people and injuries to dozens more when on the 40th lap Nino Farina ploughed into the crowd which had spilled onto the edge of the track as he tried to avoid a spectator who had tried to cross the circuit. Farina himself escaped with minor leg injuries. Before the start an estimated 200,000, swelled by the decision not to charge for admission, were packed inside the Buenos Aires Autodrome, and by the time the race started they had poured through security fences and onto the perimeter. Continue Reading →

Alberto Ascari

Alberto Ascari

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1955

62 years ago

August S. Duesenberg (75), German-American automobile pioneer manufacturer, died.

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1963

54 years ago

The Chrysler Corporation acquired a majority share interest in the Societe Industrielle de Mecanique et Carrosserie Automobile (Simca).

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1970

47 years ago

A.J. Foyt drove a Ford Torino to victory in the NASCAR Riverside 500 stockcar race.

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1995

22 years ago

Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead “totalled” his car when he crashed into a guardrail near Mill Valley, California. He was unhurt.

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia

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1996

21 years ago

The British automobile industry celebrated its centennial with a program in Coventry Cathedral.

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1996

21 years ago

Andrew L Freeman (86), the inventor of the headbolt heater died in Grand Forks, North Dakota, US.

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2000

17 years ago

Comedy veteran Sir Norman Wisdom was reunited with a precious Bentley after 19 years, thanks to a television programme. The 1956 R Type Continental was tracked down by researchers of Carlton Television's Pulling Power programme as a surprise for the recently-knighted funnyman. Sir Norman, 84, who parted with the car after 21 years said: "It's a lovely car and I've always regretted selling it." He is thought to have paid £40,000 to buy back the vehicle.

Sir Norman first bought his beloved Bentley in 1960

Sir Norman first bought his beloved Bentley in 1960

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2002

15 years ago

A 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, purchased from the 1937 Berlin Motor Show stand for movie mogul Jack Warner was sold by RM Auctions at Phoenix at an auction for $3.6 million.

Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

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2002

15 years ago

Round 1 of the World Rally Championship, 68th Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo (15 stages, 397 km) began. It was won by Tommi Makinen and Kai Lindstrom in a Subaru Impreza WRC.

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2006

11 years ago

Thomas Murphy (90), former head of General Motors (1974-1981), died in Florida.

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2008

9 years ago

Four photographers were arrested for reckless driving after they chased American pop star Britney Spears’ car on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Each of the men, part of a group of paparazzi seen driving at high speed, was ordered to post $5,000 (£2,539) bail. According to police, the cars were following Ms Spears’ car too closely and travelling at an unsafe speed, making several unsafe lane changes.

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2008

9 years ago

Bolivian police reported that a regular route bus ran off the road and plunged into a 600-feet deep ravine at outskirt of Manco Kapac, La Paz, Bolivia, killing 13, and injuring another 22.

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2008

9 years ago

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., unveiled the all-new 2009 Venza crossover sedan at a press conference at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Venza raised the crossover vehicle to new levels by combining a unique blend of sedan refinement and sport utility vehicle (SUV) functionality.

Toyota Venza

Toyota Venza

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2009

8 years ago

This date marked the final day of a weeklong auction in which auto giant General Motors (GM) sold off historic cars from its Heritage Collection. GM sold around 200 vehicles at the Scottsdale, Arizona auction, including a 1996 Buick Blackhawk concept car for $522,500, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 COPO Coupe for $319,000 and a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible for $220,000. Other items included a 1998 Cadillac Brougham, which was built for the pope. Continue Reading →

General Motors Heritage Collection

General Motors Heritage Collection

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2013

4 years ago

Calling it the "car Charles Rolls would choose to drive", Rolls-Royce announced the 624 hp Wraith as a model that would "indulge a passion for innovation, engineering and adventure". The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and had base price of £229,128 in the United Kingdom. The name Wraith came from an old Scottish word meaning Ghost or Spirit, a name it shared with the 1938 model by the original Rolls Royce company.

RollsRoyce Wraith

RollsRoyce Wraith

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2013

4 years ago

Calling it the "car Charles Rolls would choose to drive", Rolls-Royce announced the 624 hp Wraith as a model that would "indulge a passion for innovation, engineering and adventure". The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and had base price of £229,128 in the United Kingdom. The name Wraith came from an old Scottish word meaning Ghost or Spirit, a name it shared with the 1938 model by the original Rolls Royce company.

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