The History of Rally Driving

The history of rally driving goes back to the late 1800’s. It is believed that the first sanctioned race was in Paris, France in 1894 and was sponsored by a French newspaper, The Le Petit Journal. The winners won the race based on the discretion of observers who traveled with each driver.

Once the first event was held in Paris, the flood gates were open and road races became a regular occurrence throughout all of France and Europe. As rally racing became more popular and the speeds began to increase to dangerous levels, steps were taken to begin racing on closed course circuits.

Not many people know that the Tour De France was an automobile endurance test also. The Tour De France Rally ran from 1906 to 1937 and was one of the most popular rally races in the world. The most notable event of this time though, was the Monte Carlo Rally, which began in 1911 and set the bar for the future of rally racing. The Monte Carlo Rally would become a regular event with the exception of dark periods during World War I and World War II. The Monte Carlo Rally is still one of the staples of the World Rally Championship (WRC) to this day.

Italy, Germany and England all staged their own versions of races. Italy’s rally races began in 1895 and included rally’s through the mountains and around islands. Britain staged the 1000 Mile Trial, a 15 Day rally that linked all the cities. While Germany staged rally races beginning in 1906 which included hill climbs and time trials.

In 1961 the beginnings of what rally racing has now become were established. Britain’s laws would not allow for closure of their highways so they began to hold the races on the gravel forestry roads. Soon other countries followed suit but it was not until 1973 that the World Rally Championship combined all the rally events under one auspices.

The WRC now has a 13 race schedule that travels throughout Europe and includes one race through Mexico. All of the courses now travel through the back roads of the host countries and are tests of extreme endurance to the rally cars and the drivers. The WRC schedule takes the drivers through snow in the winter to extreme heat in the summer.

New Versus Existing Tyres: Driving To Your Holiday Destination

There is always an argument among people about getting new tyres for the holiday or keeping the ones they already have for the trip. Which would be wiser?

In truth it wouldn’t really matter whether you have new or old tyres for the holiday trip but there are other factors that should be considered when driving long distances.

Always have a spare tyre. New tyres don’t guarantee that there won’t be any sharp objects on the road. The small point of a nail or glass piece could easily penetrate through anything if it’s at the right angle. The chance of that same piece of menace hitting another tyre is unlikely so a spare should do.

Regardless of whether you have new tyres or old tyres, air could still find a way to escape. Before you leave make sure that you check the pressure with the proper equipment and pump them up.

Many might think that new tyres need some sort of warming up to be done before driving long distances. There is a possibility that this could be plausible. Tyres are meant to go through harsh conditions. Don’t forget that it was made to withstand rain, heavy pressure from the car and extreme heat from the friction between the bumpy tar and your tyre.

If you are driving to a place that needs heavy duty climbing make sure that your car is built for that activity and the wheels have the proper tread depth before you decide to climb the rocky hills. You will more than likely come home having to replace those tyres again especially if you don’t have the skill to drive with a four wheel drive car.

Normal cars need to stick to the tyres that fit them best. Although you might think that installing deep treaded tyres will allow you to do a hill journey you are wrong. This may not be a common activity that happens but to some it could be a possibility.

Remember that going on holiday should be a fun experience for you and your family. Don’t run into problems that will ruin the trip for all of you. The main thing you have to remember to do is to always bring your spare tyre along in case you end up with a puncture.

If you are ever unsure of how to change your tyres or if it is necessary to change them, make sure that you visit the nearest tyre repair centre.