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


15th July

1914

105 years ago

Born on this day, "B. Bira" (Prince Birabongse Bhanutej Bhanubandh), a member of the Royal Thai family, Birabongse came to England in 1927 to study at Eton and Cambridge. He started racing in 1935 with a Riley and a MG Magnette. Continue Reading →

B. Bira

B. Bira

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1929

90 years ago

Born on this day, Ian Stewart, Scottish driver who participated in one World Championship Grand Prix, for the Scottish Ecurie Ecosse team, on 18 July 1953. He failed to finish due to an ignition fault, and scored no championship points. He also competed in several non-Championship Grands Prix.

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1922

97 years ago

The Bugatti Type 30 made its racing debut, with Pierre de Vizcaya and Pierre Marco taking second and third places at the French Grand Prix in Strasbourg.

Bugatti Type 30

Bugatti Type 30

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1928

91 years ago

The Mercedes-Benz SS made its racing debut at the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring and occupied the top three places - Halle in an Amilcar and Vinzenz Junek in a Bugatti were killed in accidents during the race.

Mercedes-Benz SS

Mercedes-Benz SS

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1961

58 years ago

Following a wet weekend, with torrential rain affecting both qualifying and the race start, the British Grand Prix at Aintree was ultimately dominated by Scuderia Ferrari, with their drivers taking all three podium positions. The race was won by German Wolfgang von Trips, who had led for much of the race after starting from fourth place. This was von Trips's second and last Grand Prix victory, as two races later he was killed in an accident during the 1961 Italian Grand Prix. Continue Reading →

Start of the 1961 British Grand Prix, Aintree

Start of the 1961 British Grand Prix, Aintree

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1967

52 years ago

Jim Clark kick-started his faltering season with victory in the British Grand Prix. Lotus had the fastest car but struggled with transmission problems - both cars had retired while running 1-2 in the French Grand Prix a fortnight earlier - but as Clark and Graham Hill dominated all seemed to be right at Silverstone. Hill led up to the 55th lap when his car suffered from a rear suspension issues and then engine failure, but Clark held on.

Jim Clark - 1967 British Grand Prix

Jim Clark - 1967 British Grand Prix

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1972

47 years ago

Emerson Fittipaldi won an eventful British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch. Jackie Icyx led early on before retiring with oil pressure problems, while Ronnie Peterson appeared set to take fourth place when his engine cut out and he crashed into the abandoned cars of Graham Hill and Francois Cevert.

Emerson Fittipaldi, British Grand Prix 1972

Emerson Fittipaldi, British Grand Prix 1972

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1990

29 years ago

Alain Prost secured his third successive win at the British Grand Prix to move ahead of Ayrton Senna in the drivers' championship. The early battle had been between Senna and Nigel Mansell as the pair swapped the lead, but mechanical problems took their toll on Mansell while Senna spun off, allowing Prost to cruise home. A fuming Mansell, who eventually had to retire on the 56th lap, said afterwards that he was "much quicker than anyone else … I'm bound to wonder why these problems don't happen to the other guys". Continue Reading →

1990 British Grand Prix

1990 British Grand Prix

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2001

18 years ago

In his period of dominance, the British Grand Prix was a rare failure for Michael Schumacher as he failed to win despite taking pole, the victory going to Mike Hakkinen. For Heinz-Harald Frentzen it marked the end of his time with Jordan who sacked him following a disappointing season.

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2003

16 years ago

Following extensive wind tunnel testing, the final design of the first A1GP race car was shown in public for the first time at the Farnborough International Air Show in the UK.

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