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


18th January

1940

78 years ago

Born on this day, Pedro Rodriguez, Mexicab racing driver who became Mexican motorcycle champion in 1953 and 1954. He first gained Formula 1 prominence winning the 1967 South African GP in a Cooper-Maserati. His victories in endurance races at the wheel of the John Wyer entered Gulf Porsche 917 turned him into one of the sportís greatest all-rounders, while his accomplishments in F1 were largely hampered by the less competitive BRM cars. Continue Reading →

Pedro Rodriguez

Pedro Rodriguez

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1950

68 years ago

Born on this day, Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian racing driver, winner of the US and Canadian Formula Atlantic championships in 1976. A few weeks after his Formula 1 debut in Silverstone with McLaren in 1978, Villeneuve received a phone call from Enzo Ferrari and a month later was a Ferrari driver making his debut for the team at Mosport Park. At his second race in Japan he had a huge accident, cartwheeling off the track. Continue Reading →

Gilles Villeneuve

Gilles Villeneuve

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1971

47 years ago

Born on this day, Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian driver, the son of Wilson Fittipaldi - and nephew of Emerson. Christian entered Formula 1 in 1992 as reigning Formula 3000 champion and the third member of the Fittipaldi clan to line up at an F1 grid. Just when things improved in F1, he scored two 4th places with an apparently competitive the Arrows at the beginning of 1994, the radical cut down of downforce after the tragic San Marino all hopes for a positive remainder of the season. Continue Reading →

Christian Fittipaldi

Christian Fittipaldi

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1934

84 years ago

Manfred Von Brauchitsch drove the Mercedes-Benz W25 Grand Prix car during its first test runs, on the Autostrada between Milan and Varese in Italy.

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1953

65 years ago

The inaugural Argentine Grand Prix was marred by the death of at least seven people and injuries to dozens more when on the 40th lap Nino Farina ploughed into the crowd which had spilled onto the edge of the track as he tried to avoid a spectator who had tried to cross the circuit. Farina himself escaped with minor leg injuries. Before the start an estimated 200,000, swelled by the decision not to charge for admission, were packed inside the Buenos Aires Autodrome, and by the time the race started they had poured through security fences and onto the perimeter. Continue Reading →

Alberto Ascari

Alberto Ascari

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