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.
A random selection of firsts from the world of motoring.
The first Lamborghini was a tractor built up of war-surplus Morris, Ford and General Motors bits and pieces, constructed in 1948 by Ferruccio Lamborghini.
In 1968, Ford became the first automaker to offer an antilock brake system. Though the system did not sell in large volume, it did validate the technology and lead to more sophisticated antilock systems. In 1979, Mercedes-Benz introduced the first computerised antilock braking system.
Britain’s first motel, the Royal Oak, was opened in 1953 in Hythe, Kent.
With a front-mounted vertical engine, foot operated friction clutch and sliding-pinion change-speed gear, the vehicle produced by Panhard et Levassor in Paris, in 1901, is generally considered to be the first ‘conventional’ motor car.
Gullwing doors were first used on the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, unveiled in 1952, and put into production in 1954.