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


26th July

1896

125 years ago

Born on this day, Lieutenant Sir Henry R. S. "Tim" Birkin, British racing driver, one of the "Bentley Boys" of the 1920s. Continue Reading →

Tim Birkin

Tim Birkin

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1942

79 years ago

Born on this day, Teddy Pilette, former racing driver from Belgium who participated in 4 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, the first on 12 May 1974 with Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham team.

Teddy Pilette

Teddy Pilette

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1947

74 years ago

Born on this day, Emilio de Villota Ruíz, racing driver from Spain who participated in 15 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 2 May 1976. He scored no championship points.

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1921

100 years ago

Jimmy Murphy driving Duesenberg won the French Grand Prix at Le Mans at 78.10 mph, the first major American victory in Europe.

Signals for Sunbeam drivers at the 1921 French Grand Prix.

Signals for Sunbeam drivers at the 1921 French Grand Prix.

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1925

96 years ago

Antonio Ascari (36) died on the way to the hospital after he crashed his Alfa Romeo P2 during the French Grand Prix at Montlhery. He began racing cars at the top levels in Italy in 1919, using a modified 1914 Fiat. Along with Enzo Ferrari, he raced in the first Targa Florio held after the end of World War I in 1919, but did not finish after crashing into a deep ravine. Continue Reading →

Antonio Ascari

Antonio Ascari

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1936

85 years ago

Bernd Rosemeyer driving an Auto Union Typ C won the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Manfred Von Brauchitsch lad on the first lap but was then passed by Rosemeyer and Hermann Lang. Rudolf Caracciola retired early. Continue Reading →

1936 German Grand Prix - Bernd Rosemeyer

1936 German Grand Prix - Bernd Rosemeyer

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1937

84 years ago

Racer Ernst von Delius (25) died from injuries suffered the previous day when his Auto Union collided with Richard Seaman during the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

Ernst von Delius

Ernst von Delius

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1987

34 years ago

The German Grand Prix at Hockenheim was won by eventual 1987 World Champion, Nelson Piquet driving a Williams FW11B. It was his first win of the season and his third win in the German Grand Prix having previously won for Brabham in 1981, and Williams in the previous year. Piquet won by over a minute and a half from Swedish driver Stefan Johansson driving a McLaren MP4/3, who coasted over the finish line on three wheels due to a tyre puncture suffered just past the pits on his last lap. Continue Reading →

Nelson Piquet - 1987 German Grand Prix

Nelson Piquet - 1987 German Grand Prix

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1992

29 years ago

Contested over 45 laps of Hockenheim, the German Grand Prix was won by Williams driver (and polesitter) Nigel Mansell. Ayrton Senna finished the race in second place for the McLaren team whilst Michael Schumacher took the final podium spot in his Benetton. Ayrton Senna dropped out of title contention at this race, although it seemed inevitable that only Mansell would be Driver's Champion anyway - he clinched the title at the next race in Hungary.

Start of the 1992 German Grand Prix

Start of the 1992 German Grand Prix

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1998

23 years ago

A mixed-up grid resulted from a wet/dry qualifying session, with Giancarlo Fisichella taking his first pole position at the Austrian Grand Prix at the A1-Ring. Mika Häkkinen won the race. Coulthard was a lap down on lap 2 having been involved in two collisions but finished 2nd just behind his team mate.

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2009

12 years ago

Jaime Alguersuari (Spain, b.23 March 1990) aged 19 years 125 days became the youngest driver to finish a Formula One World Championship race when he finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary. Jamie was racing for Toro Rosso - he finished 15th in the race.

Jaime Alguersuari

Jaime Alguersuari

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