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.
Born on this day, Sakichi Toyoda, whose textile machinery company spawned the Toyota Motor Corporation. In 2008, Toyota surpassed the American auto giant General Motors (GM) to become the world's largest automaker. Referred to as Japan's Thomas Edison, Sakichi Toyoda invented a variety of weaving machines, including an automatic power loom, and founded Toyoda Automatic Loom Works. By the late 1920's, Toyoda's son Kiichiro, who worked for the family business, had begun plans, with his father's support, to develop an automobile. Sakichi Toyoda died on October 30, 1930, at the age of 63. In 1933, Kiichiro Toyoda established an auto division within Toyoda Loom Works, which released a prototype vehicle two years later. In 1937, Toyota Motor Corporation was formed as a spinoff of Toyoda Loom Works. ("Toyota" was reportedly considered a luckier name than "Toyoda" and is easier to write in Japanese characters).