Unleashing The Thrill: The 24 Hours of Le Mans
When talking about the biggest sports/super car races, one cannot miss mentioning the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans. This prestigious race is considered as the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923. The setting is the Circuit de la Sarthe, a mix of public roads and a racing circuit in France. The goal is simple yet challenging - teams must race against each other for a full 24 hours without sustaining mechanical damage to the car. As a spectator, the experience is like no other, watching as the best sports cars whizz by under the French sun and moon.
Conquering The Mountain: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Next on our list is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds. This annual auto race takes place on a 12.42-mile public toll-road boasting 156 turns, ending at the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak. Since its first race in 1916, it has attracted racers from all over the world looking to conquer the mountain. With its breathtaking views and dangerous twists and turns, it is a race that tests both the car and the driver's endurance and skill.
The Ultimate Endurance Test: The Dakar Rally
The Dakar Rally, previously known as the "Paris-Dakar Rally," is arguably one of the most grueling and demanding car races globally. Unlike traditional races, the Dakar Rally is an off-road endurance race where the fastest time wins, not the first one to cross the finish line. The terrain is harsh and often involves crossing dunes, mud, rocks, and erg among others. The race, which lasts for two weeks, is a true test of endurance and navigation skills.
Chasing The Dream: The Indianapolis 500
The Indianapolis 500, affectionately known as the Indy 500, is considered one of the three most prestigious motorsport events in the world. Held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, this event spans over two weeks, culminating in a 500-mile race on Memorial Day weekend. The race is known for its high speeds and thrilling finishes, often with drivers reaching speeds of over 230 mph.
The Grand Stage: Formula 1 Grand Prix
When it comes to sports car races, the Formula 1 Grand Prix stands out as the epitome of speed, precision, and glamour. The series is composed of a number of races, known as Grands Prix, held worldwide on both public roads and circuits. The cars, the drivers, the speed, the sound, the excitement - everything about a Grand Prix race is iconic. The Monaco Grand Prix, in particular, is considered one of the most prestigious and challenging races in the world.
Speed in The Sand: The Baja 1000
The Baja 1000 is a Mexican off-road motorsport race on the Baja California Peninsula that has gained fame and recognition over the years. The race is the final round of a four-race annual series, including the Baja 500, San Felipe 250 and the new San Felipe Challenge of Champions. The terrain varies from sandy beaches to rocky mountain trails making it a challenging and unpredictable race.
The Showdown in The Land Down Under: Bathurst 1000
The Bathurst 1000 is a 1,000-kilometre touring car race held annually on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. Known among fans as "The Great Race," the Bathurst 1000 is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Australian motorsport.
The Classic American Race: Daytona 500
The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long NASCAR Cup Series motor race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is one of the four restrictor plate races on the Cup schedule. The inaugural Daytona 500 was held in 1959 coinciding with the opening of the speedway and since 1982, it has been the season-opening race of the Cup series.
Racing at The Green Hell: Nürburgring 24 Hours
The Nürburgring 24 Hours is an annual touring car and GT endurance racing event on the Nordschleife (north loop) of the Nürburgring in central Germany. Dubbed as "The Green Hell" by legendary racer Jackie Stewart, it is considered one of the hardest and most demanding endurance races in the world.
The Ultimate Street Race: Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race held annually on the Circuit de Monaco. Run since 1929, it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world. The race is a unique spectacle of speed, glamour, and prestige, with a backdrop of yachts, casinos, and high-rise buildings.