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.

Motoring Firsts


A random selection of firsts from the world of motoring.

200 mph Production Car

The first road legal production car to hit 200mph was the Ferrari F40. Although the Dodge Charger Daytona and Ford GT-40 which were around earlier could reach 200mph, neither of them were the same as their production car versions. They were race modified and therefore not counted as production car records.

Land’s End to John O’Groats Motor Trip

In October 1897 Henry Sturmey, Editor of Autocar, successfully drove a Coventry built Daimler with Mulliner body (of which he himself designed) from John o’ Groats to Lands End in order to promote the Daimler Company and demonstrate the cars durability. The actual running time over 99 miles was 93.5 hours, or nearly 10 mph average speed. Sturmey described the journey as trouble-free. Such chores as putting in new inlet valves, wiring lose tyres, taking links out of worn drive chains etc., were just part of the game!

Double Mini-Roundabout (UK)

The first double mini-roundabout in Britain was installed at Upton Cross in Dorset in June 1970.

200 mph Production Car

The first road legal production car to hit 200mph was the Ferrari F40. Although the Dodge Charger Daytona and Ford GT-40 which were around earlier could reach 200mph, neither of them were the same as their production car versions. They were race modified and therefore not counted as production car records.

British Company Formed to Produce Petrol Cars

Daimler was the first company formed in Britain to produce petrol motor cars, which was floated in December 1896 by a financier named Lawson who tried to establish a motor monopoly on Britain. Although the company was meant to manufacturer cars to the designs of the German Daimler company, whose English manufacturing license was acquired by Lawson, the first cars they made, in 1897, were copied from the French Panhard-Levassor design. The engines were of Daimler type as Panhard-Levassor were the licensees of Daimler patents.

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