Getting To Know About The History Of Motorsports And Its Origin

Motorsport is a global term which encompasses a set of competitive sports events where there is the use of motorsport vehicles or motorized vehicles, both for racing and for non-racing events. It is the sort of competition organized between the motorized vehicles or two-wheeled vehicles under the tag of motorcycle racing. It also includes the off-road racing, namely, the motorcross. The two-wheeled competition is mainly governed by the FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme).

Motorcycles are now recognized as cultural icon all across the globe. It is crucial to know about the history of motorcycle racing and how the concept of motorcycle competition evolved.

The history of motorsport

You may be curious about the history of motorsport. Well, in the year 1894, it was French Newspaper which organized the race from Paris to Rouen and then back. It organized city to city racing which paved the way for organizing the very famous Gordon Bennett Cup in the year 1900. Closed circuit racing which developed into open road racing got banned gradually. You may have heard about Grand Prix Races that were organized by European countries over the closed courses. Well, in the USA, the dirt track racing gained a lot of popularity. In the post World War II era, The Drag Racing and Stock Car Racing got established in the USA firmly.

When it comes to motorsports, drifting is the fastest growing motorsports both in the USA and all across the globe. Spreading from the remote Japanese mountains, drifting is now popular in remotest of places imaginable. Motorsport enthusiasts submit videos online and you can check them out.

The History Of Open Wheel And Closed Wheel Racing

As the name suggests, the open-wheel racing uses the set of vehicles where the wheels are outside and are not contained by the body work of the vehicle. On the other hand, the closed wheel racing uses the set of vehicles where wheels are enclosed in the bodywork of the vehicle. The open-wheel racing is classified as the Formula-series where the most common one is Formula One. Within the open-wheel racing, we also have the likes of Formula Ford, Renault, Formula 3. When you talk about USA, the Indi-car series is the most popular open-wheel race series. Indy Car is the singular seat paved car racing which is organized by INDYCAR. The Indianapolis 500 is the premier race.

Enclosed wheel racing and the types

For enclosed wheel racing, racing vehicles where the wheels are enclosed in the bodywork are used. The vehicles do resemble the America’s stock car. Within the enclosed car racing, there are Sports Car Racing, Stock Car Racing and Touring Car Racing. The Sports Car Racing is the premiere race which takes place in France annually during June. Stock car racing is organized over the speedway track. NASCAR organized Stock Car Racing in the year 1947. The chief highlight of the stock car racing calendar is the season that opens Daytona 500. This is nicknamed as the ‘Great American Race’.  The Touring Car Racing uses the set of modified street cars racing over closed race tracks.  The heavily modified road going car is used for Touring Car Racing.