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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23rd February

1893

124 years ago

Rudolf Diesel received a German patent for the diesel engine. The diesel engine differs from the petrol engine in that it uses compressed air in the cylinder rather than a spark to ignite the fuel. Production diesel car history started in 1933 with Citroën's Rosalie, which featured a diesel engine option (the 1,766 cc 11UD engine), followed two years later by he Mercedes-Benz 260D and the Hanomag Rekord. Continue Reading →

Rudolf Diesel

Rudolf Diesel

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1906

111 years ago

The Aerocar Motor Company of Detroit, Michigan, US registered its 'Aerocar' logo, but the firm failed in 1908 and its factory was taken over by Hudson. Backed by Henry Ford's former partner, coal merchant Alexander Malcomson, the short-lived company offered an air-cooled 24 hp (18 kW) four-cylinder luxury car which sold for $2800. It was powered by a Reeves 24-horsepower, four-cylinder, air-cooled engine. Continue Reading →

The Aerocar Company - Detroit, Michigan - 1906

The Aerocar Company - Detroit, Michigan - 1906

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1924

93 years ago

Patrick L Hussey, a cofounder of the Cadillac Motor Car Company and founder of the Husey Drop Forging & Manufacturing Company, died in Cleveland, Ohio, US.

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1929

88 years ago

Baroness Mercedes Adrienne Manuela Ramona von Schlosser Weigl (nee Jellinek), died in Vienna, Austria, aged 39. She is best known for her father having Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft's line of Mercedes cars named after her, beginning with the Mercedes 35 hp model of 1901. Also, at the 1902 Paris Automobile exhibition, her father hung a large picture of her. Continue Reading →

Mercedes Jellinek

Mercedes Jellinek

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1947

70 years ago

The Stockholm Grand Prix at Vallentuna was won by Reg Parnell in an ERA A-Type.

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1953

64 years ago

Ernesto Ceirano (79) of Fiat, winner of the 1911 and 1914 Targa Florio, died in Turin, Italy.

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1954

63 years ago

The 500,000th post-World War II Jeep was produced.

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1955

62 years ago

The Nash-based Hudson Hornet and Wasp were introduced at the Chicago Auto Show, completing Hudson's model lineup.

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1958

59 years ago

Communist guerrillas in Havana, Cuba, one day before the second Havana Grand Prix, kidnapped Argentine racing champion Juan Manuel Fangio. Revolutionary Manuel Uziel, holding a revolver, approached Fangio in the lobby of his hotel and ordered the race-car driver to identify himself. Fangio reportedly thought it was a joke until Uziel was joined by a group of men carrying submachine guns. Continue Reading →

Juan Manuel Fangio

Juan Manuel Fangio

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1964

53 years ago

Driving a potent Plymouth with the new Hemi engine, Richard Petty led 184 of the 200 laps to win the 1964 Daytona 500. Plymouths run 1-2-3 at the finish. The triumph was Petty's first on a super-speedway.

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1967

50 years ago

The Pontiac Firebird was introduced. The Firebird featured new styling, twin grilles of a bumper-integral design, three vertical air slots on the front edge of the rear body panels, and vent windows in the front. A hardtop coupe or convertible body style were available and came with any of the Tempest or GTO powertrains. Continue Reading →

Pontiac Firebird - 1967

Pontiac Firebird - 1967

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1968

49 years ago

Artist Peter Arno (64), creator of the unique 1939 Albatross, died.

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1969

48 years ago

Lee Roy Yarbrough chased down Charlie Glotzbach who had an eleven second lead to win the Daytona 500. Yarbrough passing Glotzbach on the final lap. It was the first Daytona 500 that was won on a last lap pass.

1969 Daytona 500 Winner - Ford Torino Cobra

1969 Daytona 500 Winner - Ford Torino Cobra

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1969

48 years ago

The Stardust International Raceway, Las Vegas, Nevada held it last race. It featured a flat, 3-mile (4.8 km), 13-turn road course, and a quarter-mile drag strip. Continue Reading →

Stardust Grand Prix Las Vegas - 1967

Stardust Grand Prix Las Vegas - 1967

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1971

46 years ago

23 days after Rolls Royce Ltd had entered receivership, a new company, Rolls Royce (1971) Ltd, was registered.

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1971

46 years ago

Beatle George Harrison was fined and banned from driving for a year for speeding.

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1974

43 years ago

The 66th Chicago Auto Show opened as the OPEC oil embargo remained in force. Rationing had not occurred in the US, but tempers grew short when gas stations limited sales to a few gallons. Fuel shortages notwithstanding, Chicagoans still attended their beloved auto show en masse. Continue Reading →

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1980

37 years ago

Over 700 vehicles went on display at the 1980 Chicago Auto Show. GM promoted its compact X-cars, led by the Chevrolet Citation, while Datsun showed its 10th anniversary 280ZX, and Ford offered its Fiesta GTK, billed as the "station wagon of the future." Specialty cars shown were the Berlina coupe, the Guanci SJS-1, the Arntz Cobra, the Clenet, a 1920's-style Creighton, the Commuter Electric, the Lectric Leopard, the Cabriolet Cadillac and the Excalibur Series V Phaeton.

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1983

34 years ago

The Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 4WD rally car was launched on the same day as its two-wheel-drive road version.

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1986

31 years ago

At the Miller High Life 400 rivals Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt battled for the win on the half-mile short track for the better part of the race. In the final five laps, Waltrip rode on the back bumper of Earnhardt, bumping and rubbing the whole way. Waltrip finally snuck underneath exiting turn two with three laps to go. Continue Reading →

Kyle Petty - 1986 Miller High Life 400 winner

Kyle Petty - 1986 Miller High Life 400 winner

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1992

25 years ago

Ford, America’s second largest car manufacturer reported a 1991 loss of £3.7 billion, the worst in its 89 year history.

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1992

25 years ago

The Jaguar XJR-14 made its race debut in the IMSA Camel GT race at Miami, Florida, USA. Davy Jones started it on pole but finished sixth behind the winning Nissan NPTI-91 of Geoff Brabham.

Jaguar XJR-14

Jaguar XJR-14

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2000

17 years ago

Newspaper editor Earl Selby (82) was killed in an automobile crash in Monterey, California. He was city editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin when it won a Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for reporting on corruption in the city. He had also been a reporter for United Press, Esquire, Cornet, and Sun.

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2003

14 years ago

An Athens-bound intercity bus plunged into a river near Thessaloniki, Greece killing 16.

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2006

11 years ago

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rolls-Royce, the company unveiled its 100EX Experimental Centenary car. The “1EX,” was RR’s first experimental car in 1919. Although there were no plans to produce the 9.0 litre V16 100EX as a series model, some of its features found their way into future production models.

Rolls-Royce 100EX

Rolls-Royce 100EX

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2007

10 years ago

Oliver Tomlinson (71), father of NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, was killed when the 1969 Chevy pickup truck in which he was riding blew a tyre, causing the truck to swerve out of control and flip on a highway near Waco, Texas.

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2008

9 years ago

Paul Frere died at the age of 91 in Brussels. He competed in 11 grand prix under the Belgian flag, despite being born in France. He never completed a full season, instead taking part in the odd race between 1952 and 1956, but did drive for the works teams of Ferrari and Gordini. Continue Reading →

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2009

8 years ago

New York City announced testing camera enforcement of bus lanes on 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan where a New York City taxi illegally using the bus lanes would face a fine of $150 adjudicated by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission

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2009

8 years ago

The Spygate legal case against McLaren engineers Paddy Lowe, Jonathan Neale and Rob Taylor was dropped, after a 'no contest' agreement between the lawyers representing them and the Modena district attorney was reached. In exchange for not contesting the charges of copyright infringement relating to Ferrari's data, Coughlan paid €180,000, with the other three men paying €150,000 each

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2010

7 years ago

India's biggest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India announced it has recalled 100,000 of its best-selling A-Star hatchback cars due to a fuel leakage problem.

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