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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16th December

1914

103 years ago

The Chevrolet 490, designed by Alfred Sturt, was announced, as William C Durant’s first serious competitor of the Ford Model T- its model number noted the current price of the Ford car, Chevrolet 490 was an immediate success and established the brand as a big player. The name would not denote the price for long (in 1921, the average price was $820, but it stayed low enough to take a chunk out of the Model T market. The 490s were only offered with the Overhead Valve 2.8 L four cylinder, producing 26 hp (19 kW).

Chevrolet 490

Chevrolet 490

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1925

92 years ago

Construction commenced on the 2.13 mile long Mersey Road Tunnel (Queensway Tunnel) joining Liverpool and Birkenhead. More than 1. Continue Reading →

Mersey Tunnel

Mersey Tunnel

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1929

88 years ago

The K-D Motor Company, manufacturers of the with the little known K-D engine, founded in 1912 by Miss Margaret E Knight and Mrs Beatrice Davidson, was legally "dissolved by Proclamation". The K-D automobile was a large 137 inch wheelbase five passenger Touring car with wire wheels. Very few K-D automobiles were made and their cost - $6,000. Continue Reading →

1913 magazine advertisment

1913 magazine advertisment

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1931

86 years ago

The Buick 1931-1932 ‘Winged 8’ mascot was patented by designer K. Forbes.

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1934

83 years ago

Scuderia Ferrari conceived plans for the 16-cylinder Alfa Romeo Bimotore race car.

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1937

80 years ago

Doug van Riet driving an Austin Van Riet won the "II Rand Grand Prix" handicap race at the Lord Howe track, South Africa from Roy Hesketh (MG) and Don Giovanni "Johnny" Lurani (Maserati).

2nd Rand Grand Prix - Mario in the GC 34. He was placed 6th and made fastest lap at 68.89 mph

2nd Rand Grand Prix - Mario in the GC 34. He was placed 6th and made fastest lap at 68.89 mph

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1949

68 years ago

The first Saab automobile, the '92' was produced. The design was very aerodynamic for its time, with a drag coefficient (cx or cw)) of 0.30. Continue Reading →

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1960

57 years ago

J W Tiscornia (75), an automobile parts manufacturer who is credited with the development of disc brakes, died in Michigan, US.

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1968

49 years ago

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel The Magical Car was released. Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay with Ken Hughes. In England, circa 1910, eccentric Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) works as an inventor, a job which barely supports himself, his even more eccentric father, and his two children, Jeremy and Jemima; but, they're all happy. Continue Reading →

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1972

45 years ago

The minimum age for riders of motorbikes over 50cc was raised from 16 to 17.

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1977

40 years ago

Peugeot executive Andre Gasparoux was murdered by left wing terrorists in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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1979

38 years ago

Libya joined four other OPEC nations in raising the price of crude oil. Since the U.S. Continue Reading →

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1982

35 years ago

Colin Chapman (54), founder of Lotus Cars, suffered a fatal heart attack. The son of a hotel manager, Chapman grew up in Hornsea and studied mechanical engineering at University College, London. He was an enthusiastic member of the University Air Squadron and learned to fly while still a student. Continue Reading →

Colin Chapman

Colin Chapman

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1982

35 years ago

Active suspension was tested for the first time on an F1 car when Dave Scott drove the Lotus 92 at Snetterton, England.

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1985

32 years ago

Ford acquired First Nationwide Financial Corporation, operator of the ninth-largest U.S. savings and loan, for $493 million.

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1992

25 years ago

Toyota’s European manufacturing operations began when the first Carina E drove off the production line in Burnaston, Derbyshire. Since the start of production, more than 3.25 million cars have been built and Toyota has invested more than £2 billion in the UK.

Toyota Carina E

Toyota Carina E

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1992

25 years ago

At a special press conference in Paris for 350 journalists from France and other countries, Jacques Calvet, Chairman of Automobiles Citroën gave a special preview of the Xantia. The new 5-door saloon, marketed in March 1993, was the fruit of the partnership between Citroën and Bertone.The name "Xantia" was derived from Xanthos, meaning "light" in the Greek language.

Citroen Xantia

Citroen Xantia

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1997

20 years ago

An Italian judge, Antonio Costanza acquitted three track officials and three members of the Williams Grand Prix team of manslaughter (omicido colpose) in the death of Ayrton Senna involving his accident during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, Italy.

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1997

20 years ago

George W. Drum (72), an early leader in automobile club circles, and the first director of the Crosley Car Owners Club died. With Edward Herzog, he worked to preserve the stock of spare parts for Crosley automobiles and trucks when the parent company Crosley Motors, Incorporated was sold to General Tire in July of 1952 and production halted on July 3rd of that year.

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2000

17 years ago

In China, Brilliance China Automotive Holding introduced its new Zhonghua car. It boasted an Italian design, Japanese engine, and German electronics and suspension.

Zhonghua Showcar (now Brilliance BS4)

Zhonghua Showcar (now Brilliance BS4)

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2002

15 years ago

Karsten Engel, Head of the BMW Group's Munich branch, handed over the millionth car sold in 2002, a BMW 730d Individual in carbon black-metallic. Altogether, the company sold more than 976,000 vehicles up to the end of November, of which 842,000 were BMW cars and 134,000 were Mini’s.

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2002

15 years ago

On Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. 10th anniversary, the company donated two cars built at the Burnaston plant to two local children's charities.

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2002

15 years ago

Jaguar XJ made its North American debut.

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2004

13 years ago

Lola Cars International began manufacturing 50 identical race cars for the inaugural Al GP series of 2005–2006, the largest single order in motor-racing history. A1 Grand Prix was unique in its field in that competitors solely represented their nation as opposed to themselves or a team, the usual format in most formula racing series. Unfortunately it folded in 2010.

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2004

13 years ago

Ford Motor Company announced a £169 million investment in its diesel engine manufacturing unit at Dagenham in Essex. This bought investment at Dagenham to over £550 million since 2003.

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2004

13 years ago

The Ford Thunderbird FAB1 car arrived at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire. The pink stretch limousine was commissioned for Lady Penelope for the Thunderbirds movie. Ford Motor Company supplied the full-sized prop, which was a heavily modified, 11th-generation Ford Thunderbird. Continue Reading →

Ford Thunderbird FAB1

Ford Thunderbird FAB1

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2006

11 years ago

Scion unveiled the next-generation xB, based on the t2B concept, and the new xD, successor of the xA, at an invitation-only, no-camera event in Miami.

Scion xB

Scion xB

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2007

10 years ago

British Formula One star Lewis Hamilton had his driving licence suspended for a month after being caught speeding on a French motorway. He was clocked travelling at 196 km/h (122 mph) in a Mercedes near the northern town of Laon on a Sunday. The McLaren driver was also ordered to pay a 600-euro (£430) fine. Continue Reading →

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2008

9 years ago

In Italy Fiat Group SpA for the first time shut down most of its Italian plants for a month, laying off nearly 50,000 workers for an extended holiday in reaction to the precipitous drop in demand for new cars.

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