Races have been organised since the invention of automobiles, the first being in 1867. The main focus back in the early days of motor races were for competing manufacturers to demonstrate the power and speed of their cars.
Some of these races have been in existence for many years. In this article, we will look at some of the most famous and popular races in the world.
Monte Carlo Rally
Monte Carlo Rally is a rallying event that is organised annually by the Automobile Club de Monaco. In recent years, the event took place at the French Riviera in the Principality of Monaco and southeast France.
The rally sees many unpredictable weather conditions at each starting point. In some stages of the rally, you can find conditions such as wet tarmac, snow, and ice all in one race. The stages run from La Bollene-Vesubie to Sospel over a steep, tight mountain road with many narrow turns. It crosses the Col de Turini Mountain pass, which usually presents icy conditions.
The first Dakar Rally took place in 1979 and was known then as the Paris-Dakar Rally. The Dakar is a rally-raid style off-road endurance race showcasing competitors in different classes of cars, motorcycles, and trucks racing on rugged terrain over two weeks.
The Dakar Rally is seen as one of the most brutal and vicious rallies and races around the globe. Many years racers do not finish, and some have lost their lives on the rally. The stages vary from being relatively short distances to being hundreds of miles.
The Daytona race is usually the first race on the Motorsports annual racing calendar. The only race that rivals the Daytona 500 in the US is the Indy 500 race, which is seen as the pinnacle of stock car racing.
Monaco Grand Prix
The Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix has been running since 1929, with the tradition of using the tight streets of Monte Carlo. This race is considered the race which is most tested on the current Motorsport calendar. The circuit is extremely tight and narrow, with run-off areas far from each other.