“Rally” is a term, as a motorsport unit, probably has dated back from the very first Monte Carlo Rally that was run in January 1911. Very few, if any at all used the term “rally” again until the late 1920’s. The sport of rallying can be traced to 1894 Paris-Rouen Horseless Carriage Competition. Prizes were given to the automobiles by a jury according on the findings of the spectators who were passengers in each car. The winning award went to Albert Lemaitre who drove a 3 hp Peugeot. However, Comte de Dion finished first but was disqualified because his vehicle was powered by steam.
This occasion led to an era of city-to-city road races that took place in France as well as other European countries which initiated several of the types of racing in later car rally racing. Some of the new features added were cars racing against the clock … Read the rest