The World Rally Championship (WRC) was officially established in 1973, but the sport of rally racing took off long before that, at the start of the 20th century. To demonstrate why WRC took so long to finally become a thing, Red Bull produced an informative, yet short and entertaining animation clip about the history of rally racing.
According to the clip, the Monte Carlo Rally is credited for creating the first rally event back in 1911. The Monte Carlo Rally wasn’t just about finishing first – cars competed on looks as well. After two world wars interrupted the sport, the 1950s brought about the first golden era of rally racing, establishing many rally routes that are still used today.
After establishing the WRC in 1973, a number of iconic vehicles would go on to dominate the event, including the Lancia Stratos and the Audi Quattro. The clip brushes on the exciting and short period of Group B racing and mentions notable drivers like Michèle Mouton, who became the first female driver to win the WRC in 1981.
The 2015 WRC season is currently underway, with the next race taking place in Argentina this week. Sebastian Ogier appears to be dominating yet again, though there’s still plenty of racing left before the season concludes this November in Wales.
Watch the clip below to get caught up on more than 100 years of rallying history.
Source: Red Bull