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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24th May

1883

134 years ago

After 14 years and 27 deaths while being constructed, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history. The opening ceremony was attended by several thousand people and many ships were present in the East Bay for the occasion. President Chester A. Continue Reading →

News­paper head­line an­nouncing the open­ing of the Brooklyn Bridge

News­paper head­line an­nouncing the open­ing of the Brooklyn Bridge

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1899

118 years ago

The first public parking garage in the US was established in Boston, Massachusetts by W. T. McCullough of the Back Bay Cycle and Motor Company. Continue Reading →

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1903

114 years ago

At 2:00 am 224 participants {subdivided as follows: 88 cars in the heaviest class, (650 to 1000 kg), 49 cars between 400 and 650 kg, 33 voiturettes under 400 kg and 54 motorcycles} started at one minute intervals in front of the Eau des Suisses at the gardens of Versailles, for the first leg of the Paris to Madrid road race. Almost immediately the track became clogged with spectators after the soldiers, whose job it was to keep the track clear of human obstacles, failed to hold back the 300,000 or so spectators. To worsen an already dangerous situation, severe dust hampered the drivers’ vision and in some locations the drivers reported a visibility of no more than a few feet in front of their cars. Continue Reading →

Marcel Renault in the Paris to Madrid race (1903)

Marcel Renault in the Paris to Madrid race (1903)

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1913

104 years ago

Harry Ferguson of Ferguson tractor fame and advocate of four-wheel-drive for passenger cars won the first hillclimb held at Craigantlet, near Belfast, Ireland. It was organised by the Irish section of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Harry Ferguson

Harry Ferguson

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1914

103 years ago

A modified Singer driven by Lionel Martin won its class at the Aston Clinton (England) Hillclimb, an event that led to the creation of the Aston Martin sports car.

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1931

86 years ago

The ninth Gran Premio d'Italia was run to the 10-Hour international formula and was part of the 1931 European Championship. From 25 entries of the best European drivers, 14 took the start with eight classified after ten hours. Due to the length of the race, a second driver had to be nominated to each car. Continue Reading →

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1938

79 years ago

A US patent was issued for a Coin Controlled Parking Meter to Carl C. McGee of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (No. 2,118,318). Continue Reading →

Parking meter (1940)

Parking meter (1940)

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1964

53 years ago

Glenn "Fireball" Roberts was badly burned in a crash during the NASCAR World 600 stockcar race at Charlotte, North Carolina. He sadly died from injury related complications just over a month later. On lap number 7, Ned Jarrett's and Junior Johnson's cars collided between turns one and two and began spinning. Continue Reading →

Glenn

Glenn "Fireball" Roberts accident 1964

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1964

53 years ago

Jim Clark in a Lotus-Climax 25 won the Dutch Grand Prix run over 80 laps of the 2.6 mile Zandvoort Circuit.

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1972

45 years ago

The 2-mile Aston Expressway, the A38(M), opened, to connecting the M6 with central Birmingham. When construction work of the motorway began in the late 1960s, many late 19th-century and early 20th-century houses in the Aston area had to be demolished to make way for the new route. The Expressway was the first road in the United Kingdom to introduce tidal flow to allow better management of traffic. Continue Reading →

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1972

45 years ago

The final stretch of the M6 motorway opened between junctions 6 (Spaghetti Junction) and 7 north of Birmingham, with the fully operational motorway stretching more than 200 miles from Rugby to Carlisle, more than a decade after the first sections were completed.

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1981

36 years ago

Herbert Muller (41), 1966 and 1973 winner of the Targa Florio was killed when he crashed during a race at Nurburgring in Germany.

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1981

36 years ago

Hans J. Stuck and Nelson Piquet teamed in a BMW M1 to win a tragic World Sports Car 'ADAC 1000 Kilometers-Rennen' shortened by the fatal crash of Swiss veteran Herbert Muller. Muller (41), co-drove to two victories in the 'Targa Florio' (1966 and 1973).

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1981

36 years ago

Bobby Unser was first to the checkered flag at the 65th Indianapolis 500 for his third major victory since 1968. The victory, however, was short lived, as race stewards took the win away from Unser the next day and awarded it to Mario Andretti. It was the first time a driver had been stripped of the championship. Continue Reading →

Bobby Unser

Bobby Unser

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1987

30 years ago

Goran Eliasson of Boras, Sweden achieved 88.87 mph on two wheels of a standard Volvo 760 at Anderstop.

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1987

30 years ago

Al Unser Sr. won his fourth Indianapolis 500 driving the year-old March-Cosworth car. At 47 years and 360 days old, Al became the oldest winner in the event's history. Continue Reading →

Al Unser Sr. - 1987 Indy 500.

Al Unser Sr. - 1987 Indy 500.

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1989

28 years ago

Bengt Norberg of Appelbo, Sweden drove a Mitsubishi Colt GTi-16V on two side wheels non-stop for a distance of 192.873 miles in a time of 7 hours 15 min 50 sec.

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1991

26 years ago

The critically acclaimed road movie "Thelma and Louise" debuted in US theatres, stunning audiences with a climactic scene in which its two heroines drive off a cliff into the Grand Canyon, in a vintage 1966 green Ford Thunderbird convertible.

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1992

25 years ago

Al Unser Jr. became the first second-generation winner of the Indianapolis 500; his father, four-time winner Al Unser, finished third. It was the the closest race in Indianapolis 500 history. Continue Reading →

Al Unser, Jr.

Al Unser, Jr.

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1998

19 years ago

The 82nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race was dedicated to the memory of Mary Fendrich Hulman, chairman emeritus of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, who passed away on April 10, 1998 at age 93. Eddie Cheever Jr. earned his first Indianapolis 500 victory, at an average speed of 145.155 mph

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2002

15 years ago

Volkswagen unveiled the most powerful production Golf to date, the R32, producing an impressive 240 bhp from its 3.2-litre V6 engine. The narrow-angle, 6-cylinder unit developed its peak power at 6,250 rpm, with maximum torque of 236 lbs/ft produced at just 2,800 rpm. Continue Reading →

VW Golf R32

VW Golf R32

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2006

11 years ago

The A6144(M) was downgraded to non-primary A-road status and designated as a spur of the A6144 by Trafford Borough Council, ending its nineteen year life span as one of the most bizarre corners of the motorway network (and one of the very few places one could legally travel at 70mph on a single-carriageway road).

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2010

7 years ago

The A66 Keswick coach accident occurred. A Honda Civic collided with a coach carrying children home from Keswick School on the A66 road in Cumbria, United Kingdom. Three people were killed and four were left seriously injured. Continue Reading →

A66 Keswick coach accident

A66 Keswick coach accident

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