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Racing with cars and motorcycles

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Racing with cars and motorcycles

Based on the same principles as horse racing, motor racing in cars and on bikes originated in the early 20th century.  The Motor Unionís motorcycle time trials at Pendine in 1909 were the first to be held in Wales.  Until 1925, time trials could be held on public roads but they were also held in fields under the regulations of the Auto Cycle Union.  From the early 1920s, the International Six Day Time Trials were held in Llandrindod and the annual Welsh TT at Pendine.

The forests of mid-Wales are particularly suitable for car rallies and they are used by the Network Q Championships.  Wales has produced two rally drivers of the finest calibre in Gwyndaf Evans and David Llewellyn.

Wales does not have any Grand Prix circuits but it did have a Welsh Formula One driver during the 1970s.  Tom Pryce of Ruthin raced for the Token and Shadow Formula One teams between 1974 and 1977.  He was the first Welshman to begin a Formula One Grand Prix in pole position.  He was killed in a tragic accident in the 1977 South African Grand Prix.


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The Welsh Academy Encylopaedia of Wales (Cardiff, 2008)