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.

Formula One - On This Day


24th February

1943

75 years ago

Born on this day, Francois Mazet, former racing driver from France. He participated in only one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, his home race in 1971, racing a March 701 owned by Swiss driver Jo Siffert. He finished 13th and scored no championship points.

Francois Mazet

Francois Mazet

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1968

50 years ago

Born on this day, Emanuele Naspetti, racing driver from Italy who the Italian Touring Car Championship drivers title in 1997 and participated in six Formula One Grands Prix, scoring no championship points.

Emanuele Naspetti

Emanuele Naspetti

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1971

47 years ago

Born on this day, Pedro de la Rosa, Spanish Formula One driver who has participated in 103 Grands Prix for the Arrows, Jaguar, McLaren, Sauber and HRT F1 teams. He made his F1 debut on 7 March 1999, becoming one of very few drivers to score a point at his first race. He has scored a total of 35 championship points, which includes a podium finish at the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa

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1955

63 years ago

Born on this day, Alain Prost OBE, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, legendary French Formula One driver, affectionately called "The Professor" by his fans for his cool, calculated driving style. A four-time Formula One Drivers' Champion, only Sebastian Vettel (four championships), Juan Manuel Fangio (five championships), and Michael Schumacher (seven championships) have equalled or surpassed his number of titles. From 1987 until 2001 Prost held the record for most Grand Prix victories. Continue Reading →

Alain Prost

Alain Prost

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1958

60 years ago

The second Cuban Grand Prix (which was run under sportscar regulations) was held on the famous Malecon Avenue, which runs along the waterfront in Havana. Juan Manuel Fangio had been kidnapped by Fidel Castro's guerrillas and missed the race. The event attracted a crowd estimated at 200,000 people. Continue Reading →

The start of the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix.

The start of the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix.

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2005

13 years ago

In a bizarre request by the Indian government, Narain Karthikeyan was told to change the colours of his helmet ahead of his debut season in F1. The government claimed his helmet, which was in the colours of the Indian flag, contravened the Flag Code of India that dictates that the Indian tricolour must not be used on costumes or embroidered on cushions, handkerchiefs or dress materials. Karthikeyan was baffled by the news: "If that is what the government wants, it is their loss. Continue Reading →

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