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.

On This Day


29th March

1806

211 years ago

The Great National Pike, also known as the Cumberland Road, became the first highway funded by the national treasury. Built between 1806 and 1840, the Great National Pike stretched from Cumberland, Maryland, to Vandalia, Illinois. On this day the first appropriation of $30,000 was made by congressional act. Continue Reading →

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1876

141 years ago

Mary Litogot Ford (36), mother of Henry Ford, died in Dearborn, Michigan, US.

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1901

116 years ago

Wilhelm Werner won the 9.5-mile hillclimb from Nice to La Turbie, in France, driving a Mercedes. His average speed of 31.9 mph shattered the previous year's record of 19.5 mph. This was the first racing victory for the new Daimler marque.

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1910

107 years ago

C N Teetor as granted a patent for his "Oil-Regulating Piston Rings", leading to his founding of the Perfect Circle Company.

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1919

98 years ago

The first Tatra vehicle, a TL4 truck, was completed. The truck was Tatra's first offering to the automotive world but it was the Tatra car that had inspired engineer Hans Ledwinka to found Tatra. Just after the war, Hans Ledwinka began construction of a new automobile to be marketed under the marque Tatra, a division of the newly named Koprivnicka Wagenbau of Czechoslovakia. Continue Reading →

Tatra TL4 truck

Tatra TL4 truck

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1922

95 years ago

The Ford-owned Lincoln Motor Company was reorganised as a Michigan-based corporation.

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1927

90 years ago

Major Henry O'Neil de Hane Segrave became the first man to break the 200 mph barrier. Driving a 1,000 horsepower Mystery Sunbeam, Segrave averaged 203.79 mph on the course at Daytona Beach, Florida. Continue Reading →

Major Segrave & his record breaking Sunbeam

Major Segrave & his record breaking Sunbeam

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1931

86 years ago

The Tunis Grand Prix, held on a street circuit at Le Bardo, was won by Achille Varzi in Bugatti T51.

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1939

78 years ago

Mercury offered 'spring colours' as an option for all of its automobiles.

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1940

77 years ago

John T. Rainier, manufacturer of the 1905-1911 Rainier, died in Hewlett Harbor, New York, aged 79. Rainier started manufacture of his cars in Flushing New York, but moved the company to Saginaw MI in 1907. Continue Reading →

1906 Rainier

1906 Rainier

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1948

69 years ago

The modern era of Formula 1 began with the Grand Prix de Pau (France), which was won by Nello Pagani in a Maserati 4CL. Yves Giraud-Cabantous finished second and Charles Pozzi third.

Grand Prix de Pau (France) - 1948

Grand Prix de Pau (France) - 1948

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1951

66 years ago

Stirling Moss won the Lavant Cup for Voiturette cars at Goodwood, England.

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1954

63 years ago

Packard introduced the Clipper Special Sedan and Club Sedan as mid-year, lower-priced additions to its Clipper line.

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1970

47 years ago

(29th/30th): The Spring Nationals were held at the Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire. In front of a record crowd of 12,000 spectators Freddie Whittle ran "Shutdown" at 11.06 120mph. Continue Reading →

Santa Pod

Santa Pod

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1971

46 years ago

The Jaguar E-type Series III was launched. It was introduced to showcase the new Jaguar 5.3-litre V12 engine and is easily identified by the wider track, wider wheels and tyres, slightly flared front and rear wheel arches, and large cross-slatted front grille. The distinctive rear badge proclaimed it as an E-Type V12.

Jaguar E-Type Series III

Jaguar E-Type Series III

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1977

40 years ago

The Cortland, New York factory of Brockway Motor Trucks Division of Mack Trucks Inc, was shut down by the parent organisation.

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1981

36 years ago

The Argentine driver Carlos Reutemann won the Brazilian Grand Prix in contentious circumstances; he ignored his pit signals to give up the lead to his teammate and team leader Alan Jones. Jones, who finished second, did not show up on the podium afterwards.

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1981

36 years ago

David Prophet (43), British racing driver, who participated in two Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, died. A keen amateur who was a regular at British and European circuits during the 1960s, he also raced in South Africa during the British winter months and twice started that country’s Grand Prix. Working for Austin Motors from the early 1960s, Prophet started to race in British Formula Junior at the time. Continue Reading →

David Prophet

David Prophet

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1983

34 years ago

The £18 million 6-mile (9.7 km) section of the M180 from Brigg to Ulceby (A160) in Lincolnshire, was opened by Lynda Chalker, Baroness Chalker of Wallasey.

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1985

32 years ago

Production of the Sinclair C5, a small one-person battery electric vehicle, technically an "electrically assisted pedal cycle", was suspended due to financial difficulties. It was the culmination of Sir Clive Sinclair's long-running interest in electric vehicles. Although widely described as an "electric car", Sinclair characterised it as a "vehicle, not a car". Continue Reading →

Sinclair C5

Sinclair C5

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1987

30 years ago

A bus plunged off a cliff in Shaanxi Province, China, killing 19 and injuring 28.

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1995

22 years ago

Production of modular engines began at the new Ford Windsor (Ontario) Engine Plant.

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1995

22 years ago

The Rover 400 was officially launched, and was met with a sense of muted antipathy from the press. It was clear to even the most casual observer that this car was almost pure Honda in its design – in fact, to more seasoned observers, the changes that Rover had made were disappointing in their ineffectiveness. In a nutshell, the new mid-sized Rover appeared to be almost as much a Honda (as opposed to a British car) as the original joint-venture – the Triumph Acclaim – had been back in 1981. Continue Reading →

Rover 400

Rover 400

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1998

19 years ago

Mika Hakkinen completed his third straight victory and McLaren secured its third straight 1-2 finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Hakkinen started from pole and led from start to finish, with the fastest lap thrown in for good measure. The race was notable for Damon Hill being disqualified for having an underweight car. Continue Reading →

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2000

17 years ago

74 people died in a collision between two buses in Kerichko, Kenya.

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2003

14 years ago

A road train 1,235 m (4,052.8 ft) long, consisting of 87 trailers and a single prime mover was assembled near Mungindi, New South Wales, Australia, at the Mighty Mungindi Truck and Trailer Pull.

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2003

14 years ago

A rented Ford Econoline 3-350 crashed on I-15 in southern California and 5 women enroute to a retreat were killed. Families in 2004 sued Ford alleging negligence.

Ford Econoline

Ford Econoline

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2006

11 years ago

A businessman from County Tyrone paid £80,000 for the car number plate, "BIG I".

BIG I Number plate

BIG I Number plate

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2009

8 years ago

The season-opening Australia Grand Prix marked Brawn GP's debut and it proved a remarkable one. Jenson Button gave them their first pole position as Rubens Barrichello locked out the front row for the new team. Things went from good to better on race day as Button led home a dominant Brawn 1-2. Continue Reading →

Jenson Button - 2009 Australian Grand Prix

Jenson Button - 2009 Australian Grand Prix

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2009

8 years ago

At the request of the Obama administration Rick Wagoner, the chairman and chief executive of troubled General Motors (GM), resigned. During Wagoner's more than 8 years in the top job at GM, the company lost billions of dollars and in 2008 was surpassed by Japan-based Toyota as the world's top-selling maker of cars and trucks, a title the American car manufacturer had held since the early 1930s.

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