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.

On This Day

Sunday 23rd April 1978

41 years ago

Open-wheel racing suffered a tragedy from which it never fully recovered when a chartered plane carrying eight United States Auto Club officials slammed into a ploughed field near the small community of Arlington, Indiana, US. The group was returning to Indianapolis from the Gabriel 200 USAC/Citicorp National Championship race in Trenton, New Jersey., when the 10-seat Piper Navajo Chieftain went down during a severe thunderstorm shortly before 10 p.m. The victims were: Frank DelRoy, chairman of the USAC technical committee; Ray Marquette, USAC’s vice president of public affairs; Stan Worley, chief registrar for USAC; Shim Malone, starter for various USAC races and the midget division supervisor; Don Peabody, supervisor of the USAC sprint-car division; Judy Phillips, a graphic artist who supervised production of USAC’s newsletter; Ross Teeguarden, assistant USAC technical chairman; Dr. Bruce White, assistant USAC staff doctor; and the pilot, Don Mullendore.