Perhaps who have already watched one or two motorsport events when you decided to switch the channel, then it became your regular habit to catch the weekly scheduled car racing match. There is nothing more thrilling than to watch high-speed racing cars vying to get to the finish line on TV first as you enjoy the comfort of your couch. However, does it ever cross your mind to try this kind of extreme sports by yourself? Of course, all the risks are there to consider, most especially your safety, but one big reason that any other motorsport fans couldn’t try racing is the fact that they cannot afford a vehicle that is suited for a race.
Good thing that some organizations have started to make the world of car racing within the reach of the ordinary spectators, and that is through stock car racing. But for starters, what is a stock car? One thing you need to know is that stock car racing is the type of motorsport that Americans are more familiar with, unlike most race car events in Europe.
stock car racing was originally meant for something ‘not-so-nice’
The origin of stock cars began during the prohibition era in the United States of America. One interesting tidbit: the actual reason that stock cars existed way back then was not for the sake of car racing itself. A group of people that illegally move alcohol from one location to other (known as moonshine runners), who are trying to outrun police every time the latter runs after them, needed to do some modifications in the cars’ motor setup and gears. The car would still look a lot like its regular, old self, or its stock appearance. Although, when the engine is started, you would know the major modifications with the car’s turbo speed. Perhaps the modders checked a list of the best bow releases on market, that’s why they were able to come up with this magnificent creation.
Later on, in 1939, stock car racing has become more organized and official in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The popularity of this race car sports has spread to the beach of Daytona throughout the 1930s, but the first organized racing event in Daytona only took place in 1948. During the 1970s, several other organizations, like the United States Auto Club (USAC), started sponsoring stock car racing events. Automotive companies decided to sponsor racing teams so that they could test the performance of their creations and their respective safety equipment.
You can start your journey in stock car racing by picking an old vehicle in your garage that has potential to be transformed into a racing powerhouse on the tracks. Of course, there are other motorsport trends out there that you can check out just like online motorsport racing, but you wouldn’t regret giving stock car racing a try!