On this day: The world’s first motor race took place

Today there is a plethora of motor racing events to sit back and enjoy. The world’s very first motor race took place in Paris, France on this day.

While it was labelled a race, it really wasn’t. This particular race only involved one car piloted by Georges Bouton and assisted by co-driver Jules-Albert de Dion.

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Car production was very much in its infancy at the time, but the gentlemen drove the steam-powered quadricycle a total of 29-kilometres between Neuilly Bridge in Paris and the Bois de Boulogne.

The duo completed the course in 1 hour and 14 minutes while reaching speeds of up to 60km/h.

The pair started the de Dion-Bouton automobile company which at the time, established itself as the largest car manufacturer in the world.

How is that for a bit of motor racing history schooling.