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

Friday 16th May 1862

157 years ago

Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir built the first automobile with an internal-combustion engine. He had adapted his two-stroke cycle engine to run on liquid fuel and with his vehicle made a 6-mile (10-kilometre) trip that took two to three hours to complete. His other inventions include an electric brake for trains (1855), a motorboat using his engine (1886), and a method of tanning leather with ozone.

Étienne Lenoir

Étienne Lenoir