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 16th April 1950

69 years ago

Curtis Turner won a hard fought NASCAR Grand National race on the 1 mile dirt Langhorne Speedway, Pennsylvania, US. Five different drivers exchanged the lead 7 times over the 150 laps. Tim Flock and Bill Blair, in a Cadillac, swapped the lead three times in the first 8 laps before Flock's Lincoln prevailed and 23 year old rookie Bill Rexford moved to 2nd. The two ran nose to tail around the circular track for 25 laps before Rexford got by. Eighteen laps later, the motor began to sour in Rexford's Olds, moving Turner out front. Ray Erickson roared by Turner on lap 84, and it appeared Erickson might take his first GN win. But a rock went through the radiator on Erickson's Mercury, retiring him on lap 114. Turner regained the lead and led until the checkered, winning by a lap. Turner's Olds was on Dunlop tires. It was Erickson's last GN start of the year, as he lost an arm in a hot rod crash a short time later (he did return to run some GN races).