Birth of the Competition Car

The idea of proving the speed and durability of new cars by pitting them against each other in long-distance trials, hill climbs, or circuit races-came early in the history of the motorcar. By the end of the first decade of the 20th century, motor sport was thriving throughout Europe and the United States, with German, French, Italian, British, and American cars leading the field. In the absence of restrictions on engine capacity, many cars of this era had mammoth engines.