Get Inspired: MOTORSPORT

Motorsport is big business these days, thanks in no small part to the glitz and glamour of Formula 1.

But while you are unlikely to hop straight into an F1 car as your opening motorsport experience, there are many more disciplines waiting to take you on: motorbikes, karts and rallying to name a few.

Why is it good for you?

All forms of motorsport put considerable strain on the body as it travels at speed, which means being in shape is important and all top riders and drivers will have punishing fitness regimes away from the track.

The benefits of motorsport come from that training and preparation, which includes a variety of cardiovascular and weight-based exercise, providing the best preparation and protection against the rigours of the sport. Your core muscle group, along with the arms and neck, require good conditioning before taking to the track on a regular basis.

Get involved

Startby visiting the Motor Sports Association of the United Kingdom  (MSA), whose website provides information on getting involved for the first time - whether you want to race, rally, go karting or even volunteer as a marshall.

The MSA also provide a helpful club finder  if you're looking for the club closest to you.

The Auto-Cycle Union  provides support and routes into motorcycle racing through more than 600 clubs and 20 centres nationwide.

RSAC Motorsport  is recognised by Sport Scotland and the Scottish Sports Association, providing information on Scottish motorsport and offering a New Talent Scholarship which aims to support the next generation of Scottish drivers.

History

Motorsports have been a part of British sporting fabric ever since motor vehicles became a standard fixture on Britain's roads. Each sport has its roots in a different era but all can point back to the invention of the internal combustion engine.

Of all motorsports rallying is one of the oldest. The Monte Carlo rally of January 1911 is considered to be one of the first instances of rallying within Europe.

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A rider rounds the hairpin corner during the 1912 senior tourist race on the Isle Of Man

Formula 1 and the Grand Prix that preceded it can be linked to the 1920s and 1930s, before developing into Formula 1 in the 1950s.

The Grand Prix Motorcycle World Championships were established in 1949 but its origins extend back to road races such as the Isle of Man Senior Tourist Trophy.

Karting, unlike its motorsport counterparts, was developed in the United States rather than Europe, where the first kart was built in California in 1956.

BBC Sport - The Evolution of F1