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.

Born On This Day


27th May

1841

177 years ago

Louis François René Panhard

Born on this day, Louis François René Panhard, French engineer, merchant and a pioneer of the automobile industry in France. Born in Paris, he studied engineering at the Collège Sainte-Barbe and then graduated from École Centrale Paris in 1864. He was then employed by Jean-Louis Périn in a firm that produced wood-working machines. Continue Reading →

René Panhard

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1917

101 years ago

Henry George (Harry) Webster

Born on this day, Henry George (Harry) Webster, CBE, a British automotive engineer who inspired the creation of iconic Triumph cars throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Harry Webster was born in Coventry in 1917, and educated at Welshpool County School and Coventry Technical College.[1] He stayed in Coventry to join the Standard Motor Company in 1932 as an apprentice, spending six years in Standard's aircraft engineering operation during the Second World War, after which he returned to the car chassis design department in Coventry. Continue Reading →

Henry George (Harry) Webster

Henry George (Harry) Webster

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1942

76 years ago

Piers Courage

Born on this day, Piers Courage, English racing driver who participated in 29 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 2 January 1967. He achieved two podiums, and scored a total of 20 championship points.

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1942

76 years ago

Robin Widdows

Born on this day, Robin Widdows, British driver who participated in Formula One, Formula Two, Formula Three and sportscars including Le Mans. He holds the rare distinction of being one of a select group of 6 who have competed in both a Formula One World Championship race and the Olympic Games (bobsleigh in 1964 and 1968).

Robin Widdows

Robin Widdows

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1944

74 years ago

Emilio Zapico

Born on this day, Emilio Zapico, Spanish racing driver who entered one Formula One Grand Prix, the 1976 Spanish Grand Prix, with the then-struggling Williams team, but failed to qualify. He later returned to Touring Cars in the 1980s before retiring. Zapico was killed in an aircraft accident, piloting his ultralight in Huete, Spain, on 6 August 1996.

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1962

56 years ago

Pierre-Henri Raphanel

Born on this day, Pierre-Henri Raphanel, French racing driver who participated in 17 Formula One Grands Prix for Larrousse, Coloni and Rial, debuting on 13 November 1988. He only qualified for one race, the 1989 Monaco Grand Prix, making him the only driver in F1 history whose only race was in the principality.

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1969

49 years ago

Jeremy Mayfield

Born on this day, Jeremy Mayfield, former NASCAR driver who last competed in 2009 due to legal troubles and an indefinite suspension by NASCAR after failing a drugs test.

Jeremy Mayfield

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