On January 9, 2012 the International Automobile Federation was recognized by the International Olympic Committee to share "Olympic sports values". From the moment the IOC made that decision, speculation began about the possibility of adding motorsport to the disciplines practiced in the Olympic Games. But what few know is that motorsport was already part of an Olympiad ...
It was in the 1900 Paris Olympics, the seconds of the modern era. There motor racing and motorcycling participated as exhibition sports through a competition that was played on 25 July starting and ending in the French capital and an intermediate point in Toulouse.
In total they were 1.347 kilometers divided into three stages (Montgeron-Toulouse, Toulouse-Limoges and Limoges-Montgeron). The organization of the singular test was in charge of the Automobile Club de France. The park was divided into three categories: Cars (big cars), Voiturette (small cars) and motorcycles and the victors were French.
Among the Voitures it was imposed Alfred Velghe, who ran on a Mors and using the pseudonym "Levegh". This division had 19 vehicles and nine reached the finish line.
The winner at Voiturette was Louis renault on a vehicle built with his brother Marcel (he also ran, but dropped out). In this class, eight participants left and only three made it to the end.
While on the two wheels there were 28 competitors of which nine fulfilled the agreed route. The winner was Georges teste on a motorcycle Dion.
The Paris-Toulouse-Paris was followed by other competitions of shorter distance and for vehicles with different technical characteristics that ranged from a minimum weight, to the number of seats or the type of motorization (among them, electric…).
If the time in which these Olympic Games were played is put into context, the incorporation of motorsports is not surprising since it was a discipline that was in full swing despite the fact that it had been born only six years before through a career between Paris and Rouen organized by the newspaper Le Petit Journal ...