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 successful radial-ply tyre was the Michelin “X”, marketed in 1853.
The first car specially built for presidential use was the 1939 Lincoln V12 convertible called the "Sunshine Special", used by Franklin D. Roosevelt. The limousine was originally equipped with a siren, running lights, a 2-way radio, extra-wide running boards, and grab handles for Secret Service agents.
The first windscreen washer offered for automobiles was in 1936, as an aftermarket option to be installed on cars after they were bought.
The first double mini-roundabout in Britain was installed at Upton Cross in Dorset in June 1970.
The first motor sports club, the Automobile Club du France, was formed in 1895 out of the committee which had organised the Paris – Bordeaux – Paris Race.