Where did the term stock car originate? I thought Americans used the word auto, but I was surprised to find that there is British Stockcar Racing, but American Stock Car Auto racing.
#103018. Asked by davejacobs. (Feb 15 09 2:30 AM)
The term "stock car" is derived from the fact that all of the cars used must be original production cars.|
Stock car racing originated with the moonshine runners of the prohibition era. There was such a need to outrun the law when running moonshine that the runners soon began modifying their cars to make them run faster and more efficiently. This soon became a competition between the runners and the early 1930s saw the sport of car auto racing start to become organized. Because the rules for racing were so varied, many wanted more uniformity. In 1948, NASCAR became a reality.
So it is American, not British in origin, ok.|
I'm still puzzled that if in the US "car" and "auto" mean the same thing, why does Nascar include the phrase "Stock Car Auto Racing"? Why both words?
Stock car -- A racing car with a basic chassis of an ordinary commercially produced vehicle, 1914, Amer.Eng., from stock (n.2) + car. |
Auto racing has many categories, of which "stock car" is only one:
2.1 Single-seater racing
2.2 Touring car racing
2.3 Production car racing
2.4 One-make racing
2.5 Stock car racing
2.7 Targa Racing (Targa Rally)
2.8 Drag racing
2.9 Sports car racing
2.10 Off-road racing
2.11 Kart racing
2.12 Historical racing
2.13 Other categories