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.

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On This Day


26th October

1908

113 years ago

Albert C. Champion organised the Champion Ignition Company in Flint, Michigan, US which evolved into the AC Spark Plug Division of General Motors. He had previously founded the Champion Ignition Company in 1905, which still exists as Champion Spark Plugs of the Federal-Mogul Corporation.

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1909

112 years ago

General Motors purchased Cartercar. Byron J. Carter built a gasoline-powered car as early as 1899. Continue Reading →

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1911

110 years ago

The eighth Glidden Tour ended in Jacksonville, Florida, US and was won by a Maxwell driven by a team of drivers from Tarrytown, New York. A Reo truck that followed the cars with baggage and spare tires was fitted with pneumatic tires, the first time they were ever installed on a motor truck.

1911 Glidden Tour

1911 Glidden Tour

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1917

104 years ago

The Briggs-Detroiter Company was liquidated after 6 years of production.

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1926

95 years ago

The Auburn Automobile Company acquired Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Corporation.

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1927

94 years ago

Stuart de la Ru, Chairman of Bentley Motors Ltd in 1923, died aged just 44.

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1929

92 years ago

It was announced that all buses would be red in London, England, as trials with yellow-and-red buses had proved unpopular.

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1951

70 years ago

Thomas H. White, Vice President of the White Motor Company 1921-1927, died aged 57.

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1953

68 years ago

The Allstate marque built by Kaiser-Frazer, based on Kaiser's compact Henry J. One body style was discontinued. Allstate had offered, a fastback two-door sedan in two lines, the Series 4 and the Series 6. Continue Reading →

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1954

67 years ago

The Lancia D50 made its racing debut at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Alberto Ascari qualified the car in pole position, but retired early due to clutch and oil seal problems.

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1958

63 years ago

Junior Johnson edged Fireball Roberts by a whisker to win the NASCAR Grand National season finale at Atlanta's Lakewood Speed­way (Georgia, US). Lee Petty captured the championship by 644 points over Buck Baker.

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1961

60 years ago

Daimler-Benz AG acquired a license to manufacture petrol-powered Wankel rotary engines of greater than 50 hp.

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1966

55 years ago

The Nissan Sunny and Toyota Corolla were unveiled at the 13th Tokyo Motor Show. Other carmakers also presented their new models in the 800-1,000cc engine class, heralding the "Era of Cars for Everyone." Amid the My Car boom, mini-vehicles fitted with under 660cc engines also earned popularity among consumers again. Continue Reading →

Toyota Corolla (first generation)

Toyota Corolla (first generation)

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1970

51 years ago

California became the first US state to offer vanity license plates as Governor Ronald Reagan presented the special plate 'AMIGO' to Mr and Mrs Robert E Klees of Fullerton.

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1970

51 years ago

The Mercedes Benz ESF 05, the second of five experimental safety vehicles, was introduced to the public. Externally, the ESF 05 wore a comically exaggerated energy-absorbing front bumper, which protruded more than 14.5 inches from the car’s grille. Continue Reading →

Mercedes Benz ESF 05

Mercedes Benz ESF 05

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1998

23 years ago

The Maserati 3200GT was officially introduced at the Paris Motor Show. Its name honoured the Maserati 3500 GT, the Trident's first series production grand tourer. Sold mainly in Europe, the 3200 GT was powered by the twin-turbo, 32-valve, dual overhead cam 3. Continue Reading →

Maserati 3200GT

Maserati 3200GT

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2000

21 years ago

The Automobile Association signed up its ten-millionth member at the British Motor Show in Birmingham, England.

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2001

20 years ago

Greg Biffle survived a green-white-checkered overtime finish, holding off Jack Sprague in the Chevy Silverado 150 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix International Raceway, Arizona, US. Biffle, who led 79 of the 159 laps, finished just .542 seconds ahead of Sprague, who paced 66 laps. Continue Reading →

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2001

20 years ago

Matthew McKnight was thrown 118 feet by a car that hit him while travelling about 70 mph, to become the holder of the record for the ‘Greatest Distance Thrown in a Car Accident’. He was struck while trying to help accident victims along Interstate 376 in Monroeville, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and suffered two dislocated shoulders plus a broken shoulder, pelvis, leg and tailbone. He spent 2 weeks in hospital and 80 days in rehabilitation before returning to work in April 2002.

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2004

17 years ago

Two Dutch policemen were embarrassed when a burglar stole their patrol car as they chased his getaway driver on foot. The officers pulled up in Bergen op Zoom because they saw a car parked, outside a house, with a man waiting inside. They got out of the car and walked over to the driver to ask what he was up to. Continue Reading →

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2007

14 years ago

A judge in Los Angeles ruled that Britney Spears was no longer facing hit-and-run charges after she compensated the other car's driver. But the singer would still face a charge of driving without a valid licence. She allegedly crashed into a parked car in North Hollywood in full view of photographers, before leaving the scene on 6 August.

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