The first race probably happened as soon as the second car ever built as sold. While we may not think of pre-1920’s cars as racers, but dare devils across the world took these primitive automobiles on all sorts of challenges, often competing against fellow racers. From the race track to the hill climb, racing’s pioneers had big cajones.
You had to big ballsy to drive something like a Ford Model T to the top of Pikes Peak. Hemmings Auto Blog brings us the news that the first Model T to the top has survived the intervening century mostly intact, and heading to auction via Regency Inc. There were actually four Ford Model T’s entered into the inaugural Pikes Peak Race to the Clouds. None of them won, though what do you expect from a have-it-in-any-color-as-long-as-its-black Model T?
It wasn’t until 1922 that a Ford actually won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, but the Model T wasn’t exactly a race car. More “car for the masses.” Even though it has become a staple of hot rod shows the world over, remember, this is before even the roaring 20’s, the very beginning of the automotive era. Ford was still ten years away from putting a V8 engine into a car at this time. And again, this is a stock Model T climbing a huge mountain we’re talking about. Pretty impressive to say the least, and it would be a cool artifact to add to any collection.