Since the dawn of the Olympics, cars have only ever featured once and that was way back in 1900; isn’t it about time they were brought back into the arena?
Despite medals being awarded at that special Summer Olympics event in 1900, motorsport was not even considered an official sport at the time and we think drivers deserve a chance to compete for their country just like any other athlete. It is difficult to believe that cars are still being unfairly overlooked, as there have been so many weird and wonderful sports taking part in the hundred or so years that have passed – including croquet and tug of war! There are a lot of exciting options when it comes to motorsports; these range from Formula One, Formula E, Rally, Touring Car, Drag Race, Hill Climb and 24 Hour Endurance.
According to Olympic ideals, sports should be for all nations, religions, ages and competencies with no professionals in sight. However, these criteria have noticeably evolved, even in recent years, so there is hope yet for our nation’s top drivers! One possible obstacle is that motorsport in general is famous for its dependency on funding, which could be an issue as the only adverts allowed are those from official Olympic sponsors.
There is a surprising amount of equipment used at the Olympics, from sleds and bikes to boats and horses, which help competitors to go on and win medals for their country. So, why should vehicles be treated any different? Every motorsports fan knows that racing is not just about the car being driven; hand-eye coordination and lightning fast reactions are just two of the skills required to be a successful racer. Variations between cars could be kept to a minimum, to emphasise the skill of each driver, and all skill levels would be welcome.
Figuring out a suitable venue for each event wouldn’t pose too much of a problem; there is always the ‘street race’ option to consider and Tokyo really would provide excellent opportunities at the 2020 Games. Motorsports has the potential to bring something new and truly spectacular to the Olympic stage, here’s hoping we only have to wait 4 more years to see drivers up on the podium!