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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Born On This Day


29th January

1843

179 years ago

William McKinley

Born on this day, William McKinley, the 25th American president and the first to ride in an automobile. McKinley served as President from 1897 to 1901, a time when the American automotive industry was in its infancy. During his presidency, McKinley (who died from an assassin's bullet in September 1901) took a drive in a Stanley, a steam-engine-powered auto built in the late 1890s by the Stanley brothers.

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1860

162 years ago

John William Lambert

Born on this day, John William Lambert, American automotive pioneer and inventor, who built America's first successful automobile in 1891 according to Antique Automobile and the Encyclopædia Britannica. He held about 600 patents in his career, including one for the Lambert friction or gearless transmission.

John William Lambert

John William Lambert

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1915

107 years ago

Johnny McDowell

Born on this day, Johnny McDowell, an AAA driver from the mid 1930's to 1952. He drove Midgets and Indy Cars. McDowell competed in the 1949 to 1952 Indianapolis 500 races. Continue Reading →

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1929

93 years ago

Gerald F. Hoyt

Born on this day, Gerald F. Hoyt, US racer. He started four Indy 500 races, where he had his name written in the race book as the youngest Pole Position Winner in 1955. Continue Reading →

Gerald F. Hoyt

Gerald F. Hoyt

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1940

82 years ago

Kunimitsu Takahashi

Born on this day, Kunimitsu Takahashi, a former Japanese Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and racing driver. Considered as the "father of drifting", he was the chairman of the GT-Association, the organizers of the Super GT series, from 1993 to 2007.

Kunimitsu Takahashi

Kunimitsu Takahashi

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1950

72 years ago

Jody Scheckter

Born on this day, Jody Scheckter, former South African F1 World Drivers Champion. Scheckter got noted on his debut during the 1972 South African Grand Prix as a brave and wild guy with astonishing car control. But young Jody quickly gained the wrong kind of fame by causing a massive pile-up at the first lap of the 1973 British Grand Prix, the second crash within two weeks. Continue Reading →

Jody Scheckter

Jody Scheckter

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1987

35 years ago

Matthew Wilson

Born on this day, Matthew Wilson, World Rally Championship driver from Cockermouth in Cumbria, England. He is the son of M-Sport boss and former WRC driver, Malcolm Wilson.

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