Start Your Engines!

I never shared this article on my personal blog, but I thought I would as it is an intersting – albeit brief – history on racing from NASCAR to Rocket Racing (my personal favorite).

Globally, automobile racing dates back to 1894, after the advent of gasoline-fueled, internal-combustion-powered vehicles in the 1880s. The first organized, competition, a reliability test run between Paris and Rouen, France, was judged by speed as well as safety and other matters. The first true race, defined by its requirement that all competitors start together, took place in 1985 between Paris and Bordeaux. Organized auto racing came to the United States that same year, beginning with a race from the Southside of Chicago to its northern suburb of Evanston.

Most types of races originated in Nice, France, the world’s first auto racing venue, including hill climbs, drag races, and many others. Auto racing soon became an international competitive sport. The first international auto racing competitions began in France in 1900, sponsored by James Gordon Bennett, Jr., owner of the New York Herald. The Automobile Club de France held the first Grand Prix event in 1905. Auto racing in specified racing circuits originated with the Milwaukee Mile, a horse racing track built in the 19th century, which saw use as an automobile racing track starting in 1903.

The first track built specifically for auto racing opened in Surrey, England, in 1907. The first Indianapolis 500 was held on Memorial Day, May 30, 1911at the “speedway” and won by Ray Harroun. In 1912 they had a 33 car field where it remains today. The Indianapolis 500 grew into a full racing series, now called the IZOD Indy Car Series.

Auto racing spread throughout India and the British Empire during the first decade of the 20th century. Lightweight, streamlined racing models began to replace expensive road cars in the 1930s. In the U.S., NASCAR held its first “Strictly Stock” race in 1949, leading to the eventual development of purpose-built racecars with stock-like appearances by the 1960s. Many dirt speedways, including all of NASCAR’s tracks, were paved during that time.

Several key conventions which characterize modern NASCAR originated in the 1970s, including the 31-race yearly schedule and the Winston Cup Series. Rocket racing, a dramatic new addition to vehicle racing sports, was initiated through the Rocket Racing League. Beginning in 2001, Granger Whitelaw and Peter Diamandis oversaw development of four prototype aircraft and officially founded the League in 2005. Granger Whitelaw the League’s former CEO, lead the venture’s launch, financing, technology, marketing, and key acquisitions before turning the project over to a new CEO. The company is currently in the process of building a new design for the XRacer and looking to begin racing in 2012.

WELL…. I hope you enjoyed that and perhaps learned a little? There is no racing during the months of November and December in NASCAR, Indycar or Formula 1 – I guess you could call it “summer vacation” for them. But it is really a time when teams are resetting their plans, testing new chassis and setting out to win for the next season!

I would like to dedicate this blog to Dan Wheldon, a friend who died this year at the last Indy Car race in Las Vegas. Dan was an amazing guy, a loving husband and a phenomenal racer. He would help anyone anytime – I think that says it all !

18 thoughts on “Start Your Engines!”

  1. Auto racing is one of the great events in our history that has been made. Thank you Granger for sharing your blog and your ideas to us and this one is really interesting. France is one of the countries that I like in terms of racing competitions cause they really are dedicated to racing.

  2. November and December are the best months for them to formulate their plans and ideas on how to win the event for the next season. I learned not a little of your history here and it’s quite fun reading this one, thank you.

  3. I’m finding they key now and then I’ll start my engine ha ha ha lol . I wonder if this one still preserved or maybe still functioning “The first track built specifically for auto racing opened in Surrey, England, in 1907”?

  4. It’s only that I knew this history of auto racing “Auto racing spread throughout India and the British Empire during the first decade of the 20th century. Lightweight, streamlined racing models began to replace expensive road cars in the 1930s”. I am a fan of racing and that is any type of racing because racing gives me excitement by just watching it, I am not an athlete but it’s great to watch racing sports.

  5. Wow! I appreciated how you posted here some history of races. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and also your knowledge on this specific race. I have seen you participated on some events and just the latest thing that I know is the rocket racing league. I am not familiar with it but I have heard some good things about it, anyway I hope it will grow and it will be developed and hopefully it will operate as soon as it is planned.

  6. I am so ignorant and naive by not knowing this one “to racing spread throughout India and the British Empire during the first decade of the 20th century. Lightweight, streamlined racing models began to replace expensive road cars in the 1930s.”, I am a fan of racing but I am not good at history of it and thanks for sharing us your knowledge to us about racing and I think you shared it to us nicely.

  7. great article! Reading the title, I was amazed because your articles shares the history of racing. I’am one of those racer wanna be. But too bad, I’am a disabled man. But still I’am hoping and dreaming that I will became a great racer, great “handicap racer” rather in the universe. I’am glad that I have red your article.. Hoping to read more on your articles. keep up the good work!

  8. I am slightly confused to this one”Auto racing spread throughout India and the British Empire during the first decade of the 20th century”, but of course no doubt I believe in this one since British Empire has good car products as what I have knew and I think I want to have one because of it. Anyway,I am such a fun of cars and new car models and the very one most like is Lamborghini types of cars.

  9. Automobile racing is famous too in my place and I think most of the places in Asia I guess some all love racing and automobile racing. Automobile racing is usually for us men but it is not limited to only men and women and children and all ages can be entertain also by automobile racing just like watching it. It’s so nice watching automobile racing with your friends or family.

  10. Let me share you a quote here by Haile Gebrselassie “I’m lucky. The best possible place in the world for training is Addis Ababa, so I am home all the time except when I am racing. I like to be there, near my family, my kids, also the real estate business I run with my wife.”, I’m sure you guys are familiar with this one since I know most of you guys here are racers and a fan of racing. Have a good day everyone.

  11. Yes! It’s totally worth it “I hope you enjoyed that and perhaps learned a little?”, I like reading this blog and it is because there are things that I learned and I haven’t encountered long time ago. I like reading new articles to me because I feel that I will learn new things from it and also even racing is not my sport and my type and not my thing, I still enjoyed reading this one, thanks for sharing.

  12. For me in my opinion this is interesting I guess “I never shared this article on my personal blog, but I thought I would as it is an intersting’, I like reading your articles that is all about racing and formula one racing. I am such a big fan of the game and I even watch videos from it though I can’t afford to watch it on the track.

  13. I like the title since it is interesting as if it spoken by my friend. Anyway I was always wishing to join on an international event, an international race and experience would be awesome I know. I join some races locally and of course I find it good and interesting since it’s my type of game but I think it would be more awesome if I would do it internationally.

  14. This really went very well “Auto racing spread throughout India and the British Empire during the first decade of the 20th century. Lightweight, streamlined racing models” and fast. I enjoyed a lot of racing by just watching its history and some videos on it on racing. It’s one of the biggest entertainment in the world and nobody can question that.

  15. And just when we thought that they have summer vacation and enjoying their vacation But it is really a time when teams are resetting their plans, testing new chassis and setting out to win for the next season!” it is their best free time for formulating things on how to win every race and a destruction won’t be considered with that.

  16. I really learned a lot with this and thank you for this “I hope you enjoyed that and perhaps learned a little? There is no racing during the months of November and December in NASCAR, Indycar or Formula 1 “, and that answered my question that why I can’t see some racing videos in November and December. I am really a fan of racing but I can’t watch international racing competitions just like Formula One Racing because we don’t have television that can cover their live videos.

  17. I am very much glad to know about this “Most types of races originated in Nice, France, the world’s first auto racing venue, including hill climbs, drag races, and many others” I have always known that Europe is known for its great racing games and of course many have also acknowledged the skills and power of Europeans in terms of Racing competition and maybe that quoted line that I quote from the above article answers my question.

  18. Since an engine or motor is a machine designed to convert energy into useful mechanical motion. Heat engines, including internal combustion engines and external combustion engines (such as steam engines) burn a fuel to create heat, which then creates motion. That is not my idea and I learned it from some website, anyway my point is the engine is the heart of every car and today some people make modifications over engine just like that, just like that one that involve in your article.

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