THE IMPACT OF RALLY RACING
There are many rally races around the globe, but one of the best known and most grueling is the Dakar Rally. Originally an off-road endurance race from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal, the Dakar Rally is actually now held in South America. Rally racing has been around as long as the automobile. In fact, the Paris-rouen Horseless Carriage Contest of 1894 may even be the birth of endurance rally racing in its simplest form. The 78-mile rally included steam and petrol- (gas-) powered vehicles, and the fastest entrant completed the distance in six hours and 48 minutes, averaging a speed of about 12mph. Fast forward to today and the challenge of rally racing is still the same— cover the distance from start to finish as quickly as possible—but, of course, the vehicles have drastically changed.