Speed started with the automobile, which quickly gave way to motor racing, and most commonly organized into a format called Grand Prix. It originated from France, where they are also responsible for founding motor racing as a whole.”Big Prize” or “Grand Prize”, the winner of the Grand Prix would take home the prize of money, a trophy or some medals, and whatever else. It wasn’t very organized back then, but it was all for the experience and aiming for the prize.
In 1929, Monte-Carlo, Monaco hosted what would be the pinnacle and icon of motor racing for many years to come. 100 laps over the 2 mile Circuit de Monaco was completed in 3 hours, which was very short back then, but very long by modern standards. Pole position would be claimed by Philippe Étancelin in a privateer Bugatti (Étancelin would become a Formula 1 driver about 20 years later from 1950 to 1952). William Grover Williams won in his Bugatti Type 35B fending off the French and Italian dominated field, being the only British driver in the race. Many consider Williams to be the pioneer of Grand Prix racing, but would later be killed in World War II.