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.

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Roads & Motorways

A random selection of interesting facts about the roads and motorways of the world.

Last Long Distance British Motorway

The M40 was the last long-distance route on an new line to be constructed. Originally the M40 had run from London to Oxford along the line of the A40, but in the late 1980s traffic on the M1/M6 route from London to Birmingham had become unbearable and a single motorway link between Britain's two largest cities was at last agreed to. The M40 was extended north from Oxford to connect with the M42 south-east bypass near Birmingham. The route was completed in 1991. Nothing on a similar scale has been contemplated since.

Worst Traffic Jam (Britain)

The worst recorded traffic jam in Britain was on the M6 from the Preston Bypass to Carnforth, Lancashire on April 17, 1987; it involved 50,000 vehicles and about 200,000 people, all at a complete standstill.

Longest Suspension Bridge

When it opened in 1981 the Humber Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It carries the A15 across the Humber estuary with a single span of 1,410m. Its world title may have gone (that honour is currently held by the 1,991m Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan) but the Humber Bridge remains the longest single span suspension bridge in Europe and the longest such bridge that you can walk across.

Highway 1 Australia

Highway 1 is Australia’s greatest highway, following the coast for the most part along its circumferential route around the country. A spur in Tasmania also connects Hobart with Launceston, Devonport and Burnie. At a total length of approximately 14,500 kms (9,000 miles) it is one of the longest national highways in the world, along with the Trans-Siberian Highway (over 11,000 km/6,800 miles) and the Trans-Canada Highway(8,030 km/4,990 miles). When the National Route Numbering system was adopted in 1955, Highway 1 was the only truly national highway, although it was not necessarily the shortest distance between many town centres. Most of the other national routes are at some point a tributary of Highway 1. It could be argued that Highway 1 starts /end its track in the historical Rocks precinct in the heart of Sydney, Australia’s first city. Crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge north, it becomes the Pacific Highway, going south via George St (Australia’s first street) it becomes the Princes Highway.

World's Largest Traffic Roundabout.

Queen's Park Savannah is a park in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Known colloquially simply as "the Savannah," it is Port of Spain's largest open space—and the world's largest traffic roundabout. It occupies about 260 acres (110 ha) [1] of level land, and the distance around the perimeter is about 2.2 mi (3.5 km).


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