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.
Britain’s first automobile fog lights were produced by Desmo of Birmingham in 1928. Previous to this accessory manufacturers offered ‘fog discs’ in yellow celluloid which fitted over the headlamp.
Most experts agree that Vauxhall built the first true sports car, the 1910 Prince Henry. It offered the race car thrills, but with much more civilised accommodation. It was a replica of the 3.0-litre car Vauxhall had successfully campaigned in the 1910 Motor Trial, a 1,200 mile race across Prussia. The Prince Henry – named after Prussia’s ruler – had further competition success, both in trials and at the Brooklands circuit. Few survive and are highly prized.
In 1934, Michelin introduced a run flat tyre that was based on technology developed for local commuter trains and trolleys. It had a safety rim inside the tyre which if punctured would run on a special foam lining. The tyre was sold for military use and for specialised vehicles like bank armoured cars. It was advertised as "semi-bullet proof". While the tyre performed as advertised it was far too expensive to be a feasible option for private automobile users.
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.
The first flyover junctions in Britain were on the Winchester By-pass, at the junctions with the Alton and Alresford roads, and with the old A33 road at Compton. The By-pass was opened in 1939.