Let’s all start about where and when this kind of sport started, because knowing a brief history of something you are passionate about will give you another kind of perspective towards it. Starting with the Pre war Era, the term rally dated first in January 1911, having the first event known to be the Monte Carlo Rally, so on, the term was used until late 1920s. The rally racing, known before as rallying may possibly traced way back to 1894 in a Rouen Horseless Carriage competition held in Paris, France. It was then sponsored by a Parris newspaper, attracting the public interest towards the sport and created entries from those times’ leading manufacturers. Prizes were presented based on the reports of the observers who were assigned through riding each contender’s car, awarded with the jury, the very first recorded winner was Albert Lemaitre, who was able to finish a winner but his steam powered vehicle was said to be an ineligible kind for the said competition.
Later on then introduced to several cities, not just in France but for almost all European Countries, with the following features that may be still being practiced in some modern rallies; which an individual is assigned in starting the time, not a head to head but is actually running against the lock, the time is the ones controlling the points of either be an entry or the exit of the towns, road notes and books, and facing obstacles such as traffic, dust, pedestrians, and even the farm animals found along the way.
During the Interwar years, rallying was then on its idle mode due to the First World War, just until the year 1924, continuing the fun in the aftermath of the war, having again an annual event that remained regular that brought the sport into its World Rally Championship. With the help of the tough winters, this sport became the premier European rally which gathered a bunch of participants at all most 300 or more.
Rallying sport had its slow development even after that major war, but it didn’t stop the adventure, making 1950s as the sport’s golden age for a long distance rally. Hosted by the French and Austrian Alpines, the Monte Carlo Rally, and the Liege, establishing themselves as classics quickly for the new events held during their times. Lots of countries joined the race, and the RAC had their return in 1951, making them gain their International status, but suddenly, due to it short maneuverability tests and map reading navigations in almost a decade, made them unknown to some foreign crew. The European Championship was then made by FIA in 1953 calling it a Touring championship held in eleven events, making the German national, Helmut Polensky the pioneering champion.
Soon the, followed up by intercontinental rallies that made the sport known to all the corners of the world, passing the adventure to the modern people who manifested almost the same ability and passion for the sport.