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.

Born On This Day


Thursday 14th February 1878

140 years ago

Born on this day, Hans Ledwinka, Austrian born Czechoslovak automobile designer, known for his innovation regarding both - technology and aesthetics. He invented the frameless central tubular chassis (so-called "backbone chassis") with swing axles, fully independent suspension and rear-mounted air-cooled flat engine. Under him, Tatra brought to market the first streamlined cars that had been mass-produced. Together with his son Erich, who took over as chief designer at Tatra, Ledwinka and Erich Übelacker, a German engineer also employed by Tatra, designed the streamlined Tatra models T77, T77a, T87, and T97. All of these models had rear mounted, air-cooled engines.

Hans Ledwinka showing the engine and transmission of Tatra T77 to Adolf Hitler in Berlin Motor show 8 March 1934.

Hans Ledwinka showing the engine and transmission of Tatra T77 to Adolf Hitler in Berlin Motor show 8 March 1934.

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