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Was This the Only Race Held In (and On) a Parking Garage?

Posted October 16, 2019 12:00 PM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: car culture classic auto racing

The streets around the newly constructed Garage Banville in Paris’s 17th Arrondissement were and remain narrow, busy, and flat – unsuitable for hillclimbs and head-to-head races alike. Yet in February 1927, spectators flocked to the garage to see a race, perhaps the only organized motorsports event to leave skidmarks up the ramps of an inner-city parking garage.

In those years before the onset of the Great Depression, the rich had taken to flaunting their wealth in ever more conspicuous displays, including fast and expensive cars. In a city like Paris, that wasn’t exactly easy, so a group of schoolmates, among them Christian Dauvergne, came up with the idea of building a parking garage that would cater to the wealthy car owners of Paris – “a garage in which the wealthy could store their exquisite luxury cars which, at the same time, would double up as a sports and social club,” Joe Saward wrote in “The Grand Prix Saboteurs.”

Rich, early motorists had some funny ideas about auto culture.

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10/18/2019 9:02 AM

My gut reaction tells me no, and this is a tough topic to solve with Google Fu...

But pro races in parking lots are not uncommon. There was an F1 race in the parking lot of Ceasar's Palace, Las Vegas, for a few years...

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Re: Was This the Only Race Held In (and On) a Parking Garage?

10/26/2019 2:13 AM

A parking lot autocross is a time trial event held in a parking lot or other suitable spot, like a race track or go-kart course. A course is set up ... One driver at a time negotiates the course as quickly as they can, testing their skill against the clock.

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