The world’s largest car race is, in fact, not in Rome, but it’s close by. The annual 1000 KM (600 miles) race, or ‘Rome Speed Week’, takes place in the Italian capital’s temporary streets, which are closed off to traffic during the week of the race. While some consider the whole affair to be pure entertainment, the ‘Rome Speed Week’ is actually a vital part of the motorsport calendar. The most significant international sports car race is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is a bit more than half as long and takes place over a couple of days instead of one. The ‘Michelin’ is another famous endurance race, but it’s a smaller affair that takes place mainly in France. One of the most prestigious endurance races is the Daytona 24 hour. However, the Daytona 24 hour is an American race, which is run on US roads and therefore has a number of exemptions and variations.
The History Of The ‘Rome Speed Week’
The history of the ‘Rome Speed Week’ is a long and eventful one, dating back to the 1930s. The first edition of the race was held that year, with the idea being to create an entertaining event that would allow Formula One drivers to head off the season-long break in style. The first edition of the ‘Rome Speed Week’ was short lived, with just six Formula One drivers participating due to the Great Depression. In fact, the only other racing event to take place was a cross between a footrace and a car race, dubbed the ‘Little Race’. A number of ‘Rome Speed Week’ events were staged in following years, but Formula One did not return to the event until the 1950s. This is largely thanks to a lack of progress in motor racing technology during the period, which made it difficult to bring the pinnacle of motorsport to an off-road venue. In case you’re unfamiliar, off-road racing is the act of motor racing, or driving cars on circuits that are not specifically designed for motor racing.
The Modern Day ‘Rome Speed Week’
With Formula One back and with it the desire for speed, the ‘Rome Speed Week’ was revived in the 1960s and eventually became one of the major attractions of the Formula One calendar. Each year, the roads close to the Circus Maximus are taken over by teams and fans, with thousands of vehicles and spectators taking part in the action. The size of this year’s edition is such that it has become a bit of a tradition for the race to sell out before the end of the season.
While the ‘Rome Speed Week’ is a great event, it’s not without its challenges. The organizers of the event must deal with some fairly significant traffic issues, with hundreds of thousands of vehicles and thousands of spectators contributing to a lot of congestion on the roads during the week of the race. It is for this reason that the race has become an annual event, with the idea being to create a post-season event that would allow the teams and drivers to breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy a much-needed break before going back into another season of racing. The race is also notorious for its dangerous accidents, with a number of fatalities occurring over the years. It could be considered a last resort for those who wish to end their racing career on a high note and for those who are looking to enter the profession.