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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19th February

1901

117 years ago

Roy D Chapin quit college to join the Olds Motor Works, beginning an illustrious automotive career. Chapin headed the consortium of businessmen and engineers that founded the Hudson Motor Car Company in 1908. The company was named for Detroit merchant Joseph L. Continue Reading →

Roy D Chapin

Roy D Chapin

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1906

112 years ago

The prototype Mason automobile was given its first test drive in Des Moines,Idaho, US by designer Frederick S Duesenberg.

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1928

90 years ago

Driving the British built and designed 12 cylinder, 22.3 litre, 450 hp Bluebird at Daytona Beach, USA, Malcolm Campbell established a new World Land Speed Record of 206.96 mph, breaking the 200 mph barrier for his first time. He only held the record for a couple of months, losing it by a whisker to Ray Keech and the White Triplex.

Malcolm Campbell

Malcolm Campbell

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1928

90 years ago

The first speedway meeting in Britain took place on a disused running cinder track at the rear of the King's Oak pub in High Beech, Essex. The High Beech meeting made a sensational impact, attracting an extraordinary crowd of 30,000 into the depths of Epping Forest and making front page news in the 'Daily Mirror' the following morning!. Within ten months, the new sport (first dubbed Dracing and then settling on its famous title of Speedway) was being played out in over fifty venues in towns and cities all over the UK - including famous London arenas like Stamford Bridge, the White City and Wembley.

High Beech. Kings Oak Speedway - 1928

High Beech. Kings Oak Speedway - 1928

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1932

86 years ago

The first Ford car specifically designed for the British market, the 933 cc, 8 hp Model Y ‘Baby Ford’ Popular was unveiled at London’s Royal Albert Hall by Ford’s oldest British dealer, A E Rumsey of Bristol. The price of the new car available as both 2- and 4-door saloons was forecast to be £100 or less and was claimed to have a maximum speed of 55 mph, and when running gently was capable of 43 mpg. It had a three-speed gearbox with synchromesh on top and second gears – a first for a British car of such modest size and price.

Ford Model Y (1932-37)

Ford Model Y (1932-37)

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1934

84 years ago

David Colville took delivery of the first Rolls Royce produced Bentley, a 3.5 litre Hooper Saloon, to reach private hands.

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1954

64 years ago

The prototype Ford Thunderbird was finished; it debuted at the Detroit Auto Show the next day. The T-Bird was a scaled-down Ford built for two. It came with a removable fiberglass hard top and a convertible canvas roof for sunny days. Continue Reading →

Ford Thunderbird prototype 1954

Ford Thunderbird prototype 1954

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1956

62 years ago

Chuck Stevenson won the 100-lap USAC Stock Car race at the Bonelli Stadium, Saugus, California, US.

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1961

57 years ago

Joe Weatherly won the inaugural 10 lap 'American Challenge Cup' race at Daytona International Speedway. The race was open only to winners of NASCAR Grand National "superspeedway" races. Weatherly drew the pole, but had only led lap 1 until making an outside move to beat Fireball Roberts to the line by 3 feet. Continue Reading →

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1961

57 years ago

Paul Goldsmith , driving the Nichels Engineering #99, won the 100-lap USAC Stock Car race at the Ascot Stadium, Gardena, California, US.

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1965

53 years ago

Henry Ford II married Maria Christina Vettore Austin.

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1966

52 years ago

Introductions at the Chicago Auto Show included the Chevrolet Caribe and Concours, the Ford Magic Cruiser, the Chrysler 300-X research car and the Dodge Charger, which was easy to spot with its long fastback body. Dodge also displayed the Coronet 500, which was equipped with a V8 engine and only available as a convertible or hardtop coupe. Also that year, Chevelles ranked high on the wish lists of muscle car fans. Continue Reading →

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1966

52 years ago

The Ferrari 250LM was officially homologated by FIA into GT category.

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1967

51 years ago

Billy Vukovich , driving the Bob Consani #1x, won the 100-lap USAC Midget race at the San Jose Speedway, San Jose, California, US.

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1978

40 years ago

Bobby Allison in the Bud Moore Ford took the lead from Buddy Baker with 11 laps to go, to win the Daytona 500. Allison and Baker had collided during a 125-mile qualifying race three days earlier, forcing both to start well back in the field (Allison started 33rd). Baker blew the engine in the M. Continue Reading →

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1982

36 years ago

With debts totalling £17,400,000 John DeLorean’s Belfast company, employing 1,500 workers producing luxury sports cars, was placed in the hands of the receiver.

DeLorean DMC-12

DeLorean DMC-12

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1984

34 years ago

Cale Yarborough won his fourth Daytona 500. Yarborough passed Darrell Waltrip on the final lap and outran Dale Earnhardt off the final turn to claim victory. Yarborough completed a lap of 201.848 mph (324.828 km/h), officially breaking the 200 mph barrier at Daytona 500

Cale Yarborough

Cale Yarborough

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1988

30 years ago

Jack Hewitt won the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at the Ascot Park, Gardena, California, US. Steve Kinser was second followed by Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser and Bobby Allen.

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1989

29 years ago

Darrell Waltrip won his first Daytona 500 after 17 attempts. Coincidentally, the car he drove to victory wore number 17.

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1995

23 years ago

Sterling Marlin held off Dale Earnhardt to score his second straight victory in the Daytona 500. Earnhardt was running 14th with 11 laps remaining, but charged to second and was edged by Marlin by 0.61 second.

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1999

19 years ago

Georg "Schorsch" Meier, German motorcycle racer died aged 88. Famous for being the first foreign winner of the prestigious Senior TT the Blue Riband race of the Isle of Man TT Races in 1939 riding for the factory BMW team, he was also the first motor-cycle racer to lap a Grand Prix course at over 100 mph.

Georg

Georg "Schorsch" Meier

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2002

16 years ago

Ford ended 90 years of British car production with the loss of more than 2,000 jobs after the last Fiesta was made at its factory in Dagenham. However, the plant was retained for the production of engines and gearboxes, and Ford continued to make commercial vehicles at its plant in Southampton. The complex, opened in 1931, occupied a 300-acre site on marshland north of the Thames in east London. Continue Reading →

An aerial view of Ford's Dagenham plant in 1962.

An aerial view of Ford's Dagenham plant in 1962.

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2004

14 years ago

Neel Jani became the first person to drive an F1 car in Bahrain when he took a Sauber for a spin on the streets of Manama. The inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix was held the same year and Jani's stunt was aimed at drumming-up support among the locals. He hit speeds of nearly 185mph and clearly enjoyed the experience. Continue Reading →

Neel Jani

Neel Jani

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2005

13 years ago

Brad Loyet won the 40-lap USAC Ford Focus Midget race at the Southern Illinois Center, DuQuoin, Illinois, US.

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2006

12 years ago

Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500, in a green-white-checker finish. Casey Mears finished second. It was the second Daytona 500 in a row to go longer than 200 laps and 500 miles (800 km); this race, like the previous Daytona 500, had a total distance of 203 laps and 507. Continue Reading →

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2006

12 years ago

Bernie Ecclestone slammed the FIA and F1 teams' decision to replace 3.0 litre V10 engines with 2.4 litre V8s. Continue Reading →

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2007

11 years ago

Two buses collided near Makhado, South Africa, killing 17 and injuring 45.

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2007

11 years ago

Jacques Villeneuve aimed to prove he had talents outside of motorsport, when he released his debut album, Private Paradise. He wrote six of the 13 songs himself, one of which was about his father Gilles. He launched the album in his Montreal café, in front of a crowd largely made up of news reporters. Continue Reading →

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2010

8 years ago

In San Mateo, California, Mahran Baranriz (47) and his wife Bita Imani (35) pleaded no contest to 10 counts of insurance fraud. They ran the Group Specialists car repair shop in Redwood City and had billed customers by putting rats in their cars and claiming the vehicles needed costly work to fix rodent damage. Baranriz was sentenced to 4 years in prison, and his wife to 6 months in jail. Continue Reading →

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2015

3 years ago

Yutaka Katayama, the father of the Datsun Z, died at age 105 after a career that covered parts of eight decades. “Mr. K,” as he was known to his legions of fans across the globe, wasn’t a designer or engineer, but it was his understanding of both the American market and the synergy between driver and sports car that laid the groundwork for the Z’s success, and ultimately helped to establish Nissan as a significant player in the United States market. Continue Reading →

Datsun Fairlady 240Z

Datsun Fairlady 240Z

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