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In 1894, a French newspaper organised a race from Paris to Rouen and back, starting city to city racing. In 1900, the Gordon Bennett Cup was established. Closed circuit racing arose as open road racing, on public roads, was banned. Brooklands was the first dedicated motor racing track in the United Kingdom.

Following World War I, European countries organised Grand Prix races over closed courses. In the United States, dirt track racing became popular.

After World War II, the Grand Prix circuit became more formally organised. In the United States, stock car racing and drag racing became firmly established.

Motorsports ultimately became divided by types of motor vehicles into racing events, and their appropriate organisations.

Somewhere to gather info on racing car drivers of any era and from any form of motor racing

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  • Louis Rigolly (1876 - 1958), a Frenchman, was the first man to drive a car at over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h).

Land Speed People

A

  • Art Arfons
  • Walt Arfons

B

  • Stan Barrett
  • Lee Bible
  • Craig Breedlove
  • Charles Burnett III

C

  • Donald Campbell
  • Malcolm Campbell
  • Rudolf Caracciola
  • Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat
  • Louis Coatalen
  • John Cobb (racing driver)
  • Violette Cordery

D

  • Pierre de Caters
  • Ralph DePalma
  • Kaye Don

E

  • Ernest Eldridge
  • George Eyston

F

  • Henry Ford
  • Maurice de Forest

G

  • Gary Gabelich
  • Andy Green

H

  • Eva Håkansson
  • Sig Haugdahl
  • Victor Hémery
  • Lydston Hornsted

I

  • Bobby Isaac
  • Ed Iskenderian

J

  • Ab Jenkins

K

  • Ray Keech

L

  • Richard LeSesne
  • Dorothy Levitt
  • Niklas Lilja
  • Frank Lockhart (racing driver)

M

  • Fred Marriott
  • Rosco McGlashan

N

  • Richard Noble

P

  • J. G. Parry-Thomas

R

  • Reid Railton
  • Louis Rigolly
  • Cayla Rivas
  • Pat Rummerfield

S

  • Henry Segrave
  • Betty Skelton
  • René Stapp
  • Michael Sturtz
  • Bill Summers (car builder)

T

  • René Thomas (racing driver)
  • Mickey Thompson
  • Valerie Thompson
  • Tom Green (designer)

V

  • Alan van der Merwe
  • William Kissam Vanderbilt II
  • Leo Villa
  • Amherst Villiers

W

  • Mr Whoppit

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