There is nothing more exhilarating to witness than a bunch of race cars getting wild in the track in turbo speed. While it is a dangerous kind of sports, race car fans are guilty getting hooked into it. As the New Year approaches, it is predicted that more people will be into car racing, and that is because of a type of car racing that enthuse even a regular home guy to try this extreme sports: stock car racing.
Stock car racing is the kind that the Americans are more familiar with, unlike most race car events in Europe . This is because of NASCAR, which is basically just an upgraded stock car racing. This form of auto racing began around 1948, although some research reveal that stock car racing actually started in the 1920’s.
A Little Bit Of History About Stock Cars In The United States
The history of stock cars began during the US’s prohibition era. The actual reason for the conception of stock cars is 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 escape from the police every time the latter runs after them., needed to do some modifications in the cars’ motor setup and gears. The car will still look a lot like its original self, or its stock appearance. Although, when the engine is started, you will experience how fast and powerful the car has actually become after some modding. That’s one kind of Archerypower!
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.
One interesting fact is that stock cars are not really meant for racing, just like the sports cars that we know today are already being produced to be used in the regular roads instead in the race tracks. Stock cars were originally just normal family sedans that were used by families to go to the park or pick up groceries. However, with some modifications, these family cars turn into amazing speedsters during the weekend. Of course, the participants must be aware of the secret dangers of car racing.