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


4th July

1948

74 years ago

Born on this day, Rene Arnoux, French drover who competed in 12 Formula One seasons (1978 to 1989). He participated in 165 World Championship Grands Prix (149 starts) winning seven of them, achieving 22 podium finishes and scoring 181 career points. His best finish in the World Drivers' Championship was third in 1983 for Ferrari.

Rene Arnoux

Rene Arnoux

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1914

108 years ago

Born on this day, Giuseppe Bertone, famed automobile designer and constructor. After racing Fiats, O.S. Continue Reading →

Giovanni Bertone (left) with his son Giuseppe

Giovanni Bertone (left) with his son Giuseppe "Nuccio" Bertone (right)

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1914

108 years ago

Mercedes finished 1-2-3 at the French Grand Prix at Lyon, the last Grand Prix before World War One. An estimated crowd of over 300,000 watched 37 cars start in pairs with a 30-second gap between each pair. German Christian Lautenschlager won the 480-mile race at 65. Continue Reading →

Grid at the start of the 1914 French Grand Prix.

Grid at the start of the 1914 French Grand Prix.

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1948

74 years ago

Despite racing for nearly two hours, at the finishing line of the Swiss Grand Prix, Frenchman Jean-Pierre Wimille was only 0.2 seconds behind the race winner, the Italian driver Carlo Felice Trossi. Trossi's compatriot Luigi Villoresi finished over two and a half minutes behind the pair, in third place. Pre-WWII star driver Achille Varzi was killed when he crashed during practice, and the wealthy Swiss privateer Christian Kautz died in an accident during the race.

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1954

68 years ago

The long-awaited Mercedes-Benz team arrived at the French Grand Prix with the new W196 cars for Juan-Manuel Fangio, Karl Kling and Hans Herrmann. With Giuseppe Farina out of action after an accident Gianni Lancia agreed to release Alberto Ascari to drive for Maserati, ensuring that there was an Italian driver in the race. Ferrari fielded Froilan Gonzalez, Mike Hawthorn with Maurice Trintigant. Continue Reading →

Start of the 1954 French Grand Prix

Start of the 1954 French Grand Prix

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1965

57 years ago

Jean-Pierre Beltoise won the Reims Grand Prix in a Matra, the first major Grand Prix victory by a French car since 1952.

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1976

46 years ago

The 54th French Grand Prix and the fourth to be held at the Paul Ricard circuit was won by the eventual 1976 world champion James Hunt driving a McLaren M23. Hunt won by twelve seconds over the Tyrrell P34 of Patrick Depailler. It was Hunt's second win for the year and his third career Grand Prix victory.

Start - 1976 French Grand Prix

Start - 1976 French Grand Prix

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1993

29 years ago

Contested over 72 laps of the 2.651 mile Magny Cours circuit, the French Grand Prix was won by Williams driver, and home favourite, Alain Prost, who extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship; his team-mate Damon Hill was second, and Michael Schumacher completed the podium for Benetton. The race was also the last for Fabrizio Barbazza.

1993 French Grand Prix Alain Prost FW15 Williams Renault

1993 French Grand Prix Alain Prost FW15 Williams Renault

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1998

24 years ago

Peter Monteverdi (64), the Swiss automaker and creator of the automobile brand Monteverdi, died. Peter Monteverdi was born in Binningen, in the northern Swiss canton of Basel-Landschaft. He engaged in the construction of Formula One cars from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. Continue Reading →

Statue of Peter Monteverdi at his automobile museum in Basel, Switzerland.

Statue of Peter Monteverdi at his automobile museum in Basel, Switzerland.

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2004

18 years ago

Michael Schumacher used a unique four-stop strategy to beat Fernando Alonso's Renault to claim the French Grand Prix for Ferrari. Rubens Barrichello finished third in his Ferrari, having overtaken Jarno Trulli on the last corners of the last lap.

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