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


8th May

1847

174 years ago

Robert W. Thomson of Adelphi, Middlesex, England was issued the first US patent for “Rubber Tyres” (No. 5104). Continue Reading →

Robert W. Thomson

Robert W. Thomson

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1879

142 years ago

George Baldwin Selden of Rochester, New York filed the first US patent for an automobile. It was issued almost two decades later on 5 November 1898 for a unique combination of an internal-combustion engine and a road vehicle. Shortly thereafter the fledgling American auto industry began its first efforts and George Selden, despite never having gone into production with a working model of an automobile, had a credible claim to have patented an automobile in 1895. Continue Reading →

George B Selden driving automobile in 1905

George B Selden driving automobile in 1905

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1896

125 years ago

The first horseless carriage show was held at London’s Imperial Institute.

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1899

122 years ago

Ettore Bugatti, driving a Prinetti & Stucchi, won the Reggio-Brescello-Parma-Reggio road race in Italy.

Ettore Bugatti

Ettore Bugatti

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1899

122 years ago

Olds Motor Vehicle and Olds Gasoline Engine Works of Lansing merged to form Olds Motor Works with $500,000 capital. Olds in Detroit on Jefferson Avenue East built the first factory specifically for automobile manufacture in the US.

Olds Motor Works

Olds Motor Works

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1903

118 years ago

Clement Ader applied for a patent for hs V-4 and V-6 automobile engines.

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1931

90 years ago

The Ford Model AA Type 229-A Packers' Express was introduced.

Ford Model AA Type 229-A Packers' Express

Ford Model AA Type 229-A Packers' Express

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1932

89 years ago

Louis Chiron was the only foreigner in the 23rd Targa Florio where just 16 cars arrived for the race, two from the Maserati works, five Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeos and two Bugatti's, entered privately by Chiron and Varzi. Seven other independents with Bugatti, O.M. Continue Reading →

Targa Florio - 1932

Targa Florio - 1932

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1932

89 years ago

The first Finnish Grand Prix was a race between five Finns and five Swedes run at Eläintarharata. Per-Viktor Widengren in his Mercedes SSK took the lead early in the race and then dominated it totally. Ebb in another SSK was unable to keep up with Widengren's speed and also lost his second position to Sundstedt's Bugatti but when the latter struck problems late in the race Ebb was able to retake his position. Continue Reading →

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1933

88 years ago

Radio Engineering Laboratories of Long Island City installed the first police radio system, connecting headquarters to patrol cars and two patrol cars to one another, in Eastchester Township, New York. The township contracted with the company for one transmitter of 20W for the headquarters and transmitters of 4.5 V for the patrol cars. Among its other uses, the ‘calling all cars’ police radio system became a popular prop for radio, television and film drama.

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1934

87 years ago

(8th – 10th): The three drivers (Dhome, Girod, Perrot) began racing a Delahaye 3.2 litre around the Montlhéry circuit in 4-hour spells. After 12 hours the car had covered 2204 km. Continue Reading →

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1939

82 years ago

Packard completed its famous production line bridge over Grand Avenue at its Detroit, Michigan, US factory.

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1947

74 years ago

A day short of two years after the island was liberated from German Occupation, the first Jersey Road Race was held. This was the first significant British post-war motor race, and the first with continental participation. The course embraced 1 1/2 miles of St. Continue Reading →

Raymond Mays in the ERA - Jersey Road Race 1947

Raymond Mays in the ERA - Jersey Road Race 1947

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1955

66 years ago

Alberto Ascari in a Lancia D50 won the Naples Grand Prix.

Alberto Ascari

Alberto Ascari

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1956

65 years ago

Henry Ford II resigned as chair of the Ford Foundation. The Ford Foundation had been created in 1936 as a legal device with which the Ford family could escape then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "soak the rich" taxes. Continue Reading →

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1957

64 years ago

The 2,996th and final Lincoln Continental Mark II was produced. The Mark II sold for $10,400, the equivalent of a new Rolls-Royce or two Cadillacs (at least until the $13,074 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham out-priced it in 1957). In spite of this, Ford estimated they still lost over a thousand dollars per car on the 3,000 that were built. Continue Reading →

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1962

59 years ago

The last trolley buses ran in London. The first 60 trolleybuses were operated by London United Tramways (LUT), from a depot at Fulwell in South-West London. Nicknamed "Diddlers" they first operated in May 1931 and were bought to replace the trams, which were old and poorly patronised. Continue Reading →

Class L3 Trolleybus No. 1521 at Fulwell Depot, London on 8th May, 1962

Class L3 Trolleybus No. 1521 at Fulwell Depot, London on 8th May, 1962

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1968

53 years ago

Colin Chapman, effected by the previous day's death of Mike Spence and the recent death of Jim Clark, left Indianapolis and flew back to England, leaving the STP Indy team to be run solely by Andy Granatelli.

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1974

47 years ago

Britain lifted the temporary 50mph speed limit from all motorways. The limits had been imposed in December 1973 as a response to the 1973 Oil Crisis.

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1977

44 years ago

The Spanish Grand Prix held at the Circuito del Jarama was won by Lotus-Ford driver Mario Andretti. Carlos Reutemann took his Ferrari home in second place, whilst Jody Scheckter completed the podium in third position for the Wolf-Ford team.

Mario Andretti - 1977 Spanish Grand Prix

Mario Andretti - 1977 Spanish Grand Prix

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1982

39 years ago

Gilles Villeneuve (32) died in a 140 mph (225 km/h) crash caused by a collision with the March of Jochen Mass during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. The accident came less than two weeks after an intense argument with his teammate, Didier Pironi, over Pironi's move to pass Villeneuve at the preceding San Marino Grand Prix. At the time of his death, Villeneuve was extremely popular with fans and has since become an iconic figure in the history of the sport. Continue Reading →

Gilles Villeneuve

Gilles Villeneuve

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1989

32 years ago

Rudolf Uhlenhaut (82), Anglo-German engineer and executive for Mercedes-Benz, died. The son of a German father and a British mother Uhlenhaut studied mechanical engineering at the University of Munich before going straight into the Mercedes-Benz experimental department in 1931. He became involved in engine development programmes until the middle of 1936 when unexpectedly he was named technical director of the newly formed Competition Department at the age of 30. Continue Reading →

Rudolf Uhlenhaut

Rudolf Uhlenhaut

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1993

28 years ago

Ward Burton capped a dominant day at Martinsville Speedway, Virginia, US leading 227 of 300 laps in the Miller 500 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Burton led the first 142 and the final 85 laps to scored his third win in the series. Bobby Labonte finished second, 3.4 seconds back, with Ricky Craven third.

Ward Burton

Ward Burton

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1996

25 years ago

Race car designer Brian Lovell (68), died.

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2000

21 years ago

Ford introduced the propane-powered, bi-fuel Super Duty F-Series chassis cab.

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2002

19 years ago

14 people died in the suicide bombing of a bus in Karachi, Pakistan.

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2002

19 years ago

The Second UN Car Free Day Demonstration and Practicum for Regional Mayors took place in Fremantle, West Australia.

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2005

16 years ago

The Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona was won by Kimi Räikkönen, driving a McLaren-Mercedes MP4-20. Häkkinen's win was his first of the season, his third consecutive win in Spain and the race was the second consecutive win for the McLaren team as Coulthard had won the preceding British Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen, Spanish Grand Prix 2005

Kimi Raikkonen, Spanish Grand Prix 2005

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2009

12 years ago

The "Wind Up" which measures 104.14 cm (41 in) high, 66.04 cm (26 in) wide and 132. Continue Reading →

Wind Up

Wind Up

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2011

10 years ago

The final race around the superb Istanbul Park circuit was won by Sebastian Vettel ahead of Mark Webber, Red Bull’s domination righting the wrongs of the previous year. Fernando Alonso finished a close third but the rest of the field was a long way behind - fourth-placed Lewis Hamilton was over half-a-minute away from the podium.

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2012

9 years ago

Two 1960s petrol station canopies gained listed status: the sweeping concrete canopy at Markham Moor off the A1 and one on the A6 at Red Hill in Leicestershire.

The petrol stations were built using

The petrol stations were built using "cutting-edge" 1960s technology

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