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.

Formula One - On This Day


25th September

1938

84 years ago

Born on this day, Neville Lederle, former racing driver from South Africa. He participated in two World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, scoring a single championship point.

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1942

80 years ago

Born on this day, Henri Pescarolo, former racing driver from France, who participated in 64 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 22 September 1968. He achieved one podium, and scored a total of 12 championship points. He wore a distinctive green helmet, and still has a full face beard, that partially covers burns suffered in a crash.

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1982

40 years ago

For the first time since the World Championship began in 1950, a country hosted three rounds in the same season in 1982. The Las Vegas Grand Prix, the final race of the year, and the third in the US, decided the Championship. Keke Rosberg of Williams had 42 points, to 33 for McLaren's John Watson, and needed to finish sixth or better to secure the title. Continue Reading →

Las Vegas Grand Prix - 1982

Las Vegas Grand Prix - 1982

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1983

39 years ago

The European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch race saw Bruno Giacomelli score his final championship point, and was the first race for qualified doctor and current circuit owner Jonathan Palmer. It also took place exactly 22 years before the inaugural A1 Grand Prix event at Brands Hatch, September 25, 2005. It was the only race in F1 history that both Toleman cars finished in the points.

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1983

39 years ago

Dr Jonathan Palmer made his Formula 1 debut at Brands Hatch in the European Grand Prix driving for Williams. He scored a total of 14 championship points, with a career best finish of 4th. In 1987 he won the Jim Clark Cup for drivers without turbocharged engines, with team-mate Philippe Streiff his main rival. Continue Reading →

Jonathan Palmer

Jonathan Palmer

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1994

28 years ago

The Portuguese Grand Prix was won by Damon Hill driving for the Williams team. David Coulthard finished second in the other Williams, with Mika Häkkinen third in a McLaren car. Hill's win was his fifth of the season and his third consecutive win having won both the preceding Belgian and Italian Grand Prix.

Damon Hill, Rothmans Williams-Renault FW16, 1994 Portuguese Grand Prix, Estoril

Damon Hill, Rothmans Williams-Renault FW16, 1994 Portuguese Grand Prix, Estoril

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2002

20 years ago

The Caterham Superlight R500 broke the world road car record for speeding from standing to 100 mph and then back to standing, completing the test in an astounding 11.44 seconds. The previous record time of 11.50 seconds had been set in 1999, in a MacLaren F1 LM car, specifically shod in bespoke race tyres.

Caterham Superlight R500

Caterham Superlight R500

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2004

18 years ago

Chinese officials gathered at the brand-new Shanghai International Circuit racetrack in anticipation of the next day's inaugural Formula One Chinese Grand Prix. Though Formula One racing was traditionally a European sport, the builders and boosters of the state-sponsored Shanghai track--part of an elaborate complex called the Shanghai International Auto City--hoped that they could help the sport catch on in Asia. In particular, they hoped their high-tech raceway would draw attention and investment to the fledgling Chinese auto industry.

Shanghai International Circuit racetrack

Shanghai International Circuit racetrack

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2005

17 years ago

The A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Brands Hatch, Great Britain was held, the first full racing event in A1GP’s history. A1 Team Brazil’s Nelson Piquet Jr took the double, winning both the 'Sprint' and the 'Feature' races.

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2005

17 years ago

Fernando Alonso won the Formula One World Drivers' Championship title at the age of 24 years and 58 days, at the time making him the youngest Formula One World Drivers' Champion. After retaining the title the following year, Alonso also became the youngest double Champion. He joined McLaren in 2007, before returning to Renault for two seasons in 2008 and 2009, and in 2010, he joined Scuderia Ferrari.

Fernando – 2005

Fernando – 2005

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