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.

Formula One - On This Day


8th May

1922

99 years ago

Born on this day, Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman, who made his fortune through building and construction. He resurrected the Donington Park motor racing circuit and founded the Donington Grand Prix Collection museum. Having made his fortune, and having started to build his car collection, Wheatcroft further indulged his racing passion by running his own racing car team. Continue Reading →

Tom Wheatcroft

Tom Wheatcroft

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1975

46 years ago

Born on this day, Gaston Mazzacane, racing driver from Argentina who participated in 21 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting in March 2000. He scored no championship points.

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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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1955

66 years ago

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

Alberto Ascari

Alberto Ascari

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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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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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