Did you know that Motor Racing was part of the 1900 Summer Olympics?
Why isn't car racing an Olympic Sport?
It's time to answer the question *literally* some people has been asking: why isn't car racing included in the Olympics? It's actually a good question. The Olympic Games as we know them were launched in 1894, when Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896. Nearly every nation has been represented since and only three editions have been cancelled (1916, 1940, 1944) and yet, motor racing was only included once, in 1900.
The 1900 Olympics were held in Paris, in conjunction with the World Fair, and in fact, a number of events were held in the area occupied by Fair. Some of these events, including car and motorcycle racing, have never been part of the Olympics since and even though medals were indeed awarded, the International Olympic Committee never officially considered them part of the Olympics.
The medal would always be awarded to the manufacturer only - not the driver - and most manufacturers were French. Unfortunately, record-keeping wasn't great at the time but we do know that Louis Renault, one of the controversial co-founders of Renault, won the Paris-Toulouse-Paris race, which was part of the games along with other races involving fire trucks and trucks, taxis and vans, some of which were powered by electricity.
So why isn't motor racing part of the Olympics? I think the fact that modern car racing relies so much on equipment and technology is probably the main reason.