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 interesting facts about the roads and motorways of the world.
The UK is home to a number of supposedly haunted roads. The M6 was named the spookiest road in the UK in a survey conducted in 2006 by Lafarge Tarmac, with the most ghostly sightings. The A9 in the Scottish Highlands was second, with several sightings of a Victorian coach drawn by white horses and footmen in period clothes. Platt Lane, a small country lane in Westhoughton near Bolton which passes close to the Pretoria Pit mine where 344 miners died in 1910, was ranked third.
Australia’s longest straight road is the famous “90 Mile Straight.” It runs between Balladonia and Caiguna on the 1,036 mile (1,668 km) long Eyre Highway across the flat, arid Nullarbor Plain. (The Eyre Highway is the main road that connects South Australia with the south of Western Australia.) The “90 Mile Straight” actually is 91 miles (146.6 km) long; all asphalt without a single curve. The Nullarbor Plain hosts the “World’s Longest Golf Course”, the Nullarbor Links. Golfers play holes at various roadhouses and roadside stops along the road. The world’s longest straight section of railway also crosses the Nullarbor Plain, covering a 297 miles (478 km) stretch between the 797 km post west of Ooldea and the 1275 km post west of Loongana on the Trans-Australian Railway from Perth to Sydney via Adelaide.
The A1101 is the longest 4 digit A-road in Britain at 53.4 miles from Long Sutton to Bury St Edmund. Although its length suggests its importance, most of the road is not a primary route due to its numerous twists and turns.
430,000 incidents occur on UK motorways and A-roads every year.
The M25 London orbital is known as a road where motorists spend a lot of time going precisely nowhere. This isn’t just down to its circular nature either, the section of the M25 between junctions 14 and 15 (the A3133 at Heathrow to the M4) is officially the busiest motorway in Britain. It carries 165,000 vehicles per day.