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

Tuesday 11th August 1942

76 years ago

The new Waterloo bridge over the Thames, built through the London Blitz, was opened to traffic. It was the only Thames bridge to have been damaged by German bombers during the Second World War. It is frequently asserted that the work force was largely female and it is sometimes referred to as "the Ladies' Bridge". Th Evening Standard of 11 August 1942 wrote: 'No Cabinet Minister was present to give it a blessing, no LCC chief to represent the ratepayers who paid for it, and only a small crowd, among them, bicyclists, a horse-drawn hackney carriage, several motor cars and a bus laden with passengers.' At precisely 10:00 am the foreman walked across the bridge to remove the red flags and the race e to see who could cross first. Th race was won by a 16-year old schoolboy on a bicycle, who got a flying start and reached the winning post before the faster motorist to catch him.

Waterloo Bridge viewed from the Golden Jubilee Bridge

Waterloo Bridge viewed from the Golden Jubilee Bridge