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

Monday 30th April 1956

63 years ago

Junior Johnson took advantage of Fred Lorenzen's engine woes to win the NASCAR GN 'Virginia 500' Sweepstakes race at Martinsville Speedway, Virginia, US. Johnson was 4 laps behind when leader Lorenzen's Ford made a lengthy pit stop with engine trouble. Despite having a 2 lap lead and being repeatedly given a pit board reading "EZ", Johnson refused to let up. Car owner Rex Lovette threatened Johnson with a sledgehammer during his last pit stop, so Johnson reluctantly eased his pace. Johnson's Pontiac finished 4 laps ahead of Emanuel Zervakis in a convertible Chevy. "Sweepstakes" races were open to Convertibles and 8 started.

1956 Virginia 500

1956 Virginia 500