We are in an era of car racing, the fast and well-engineered cars storm through
the tracks. But it all started on July 23, 1894 when Le Petit journal organised
first of its kind. The first competition took place from Paris to Rouen. The event
was called as the Competition of horseless carriages. 69 cars participated in the
50km stretch of qualifying track and 25 were selected for the 127 km stretched
main event from Paris to Rouen. Jules-Albert de Dion was the champion of the
first automobile race and it took him 6hours 48 minutes to reach Rouen with an
average speed of 19 km/hr.