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Top 10 most famous auto races in the world?

Discussion in 'Desert Racing' started by jonre, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. jonre

    jonre Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2006
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I have been looking all over the internet for a list of the top 10 most famous auto races in the world and I have not found one. I did find the top 10 most dangerous and the Baja 1000 was #7, Dakar was #1. So if anyone knows where this list is please post it or if you have your own list please post it! I just want to know where the Baja 1000 stacks up. Here's mine! Thanks!

    1- Monaco GP - has to be the most famous race in the world.
    2- Indianapolis 500 - A close second.
    3- The 24 hours of Le Mans
    4- Daytona 500
    5- The Dakar Rally
    6- The Baja 1000
    7- The German GP at Nürburgring
    8- World Rally Championship? - What event?
    9- The Long Beach Grand Prix (when it was an F1 race)
    10- La Carrera Panamerica or The cannonball run?
  2. baja619

    baja619 Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2004
    Corona / San Diego
    Isle of Man TT

    and Pikes Peak

    both events definitely hold a place on the list somewhere because they are truly unique and at the top tier of motor sports accomplishments.
  3. Baja Fool

    Baja Fool Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2007
    Cohabuzo Junction/SoCal
    Isle of Man TT is my favorite race ever, but it motorcycles.....the title says "Auto".
  4. nimrod

    nimrod KOOK!

    Dec 4, 2005
    San Clemente, Ca.
    Somewhere in there could be the Daytona 24 or the Sebring 12 hour...........Imola F-1 is a pretty big deal too, especially if you like the Prancing Horse..........Hummm........so many cool races and only so much time and money........

    Isle of Man TT should be on the list for sure, car or no car that race is AWESOME!
  5. bajaherbie

    bajaherbie Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2009
    altus, ok
    i would say that the indy 500 should be first, lemanssecond and then monaco.
  6. jonre

    jonre Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2006
    Phoenix, Arizona

    Please make a list of top 10 races. I want to know where you think the Baja 1000 would fall in the top 10, if at all. Consider if an event is known world wide. If drivers from other disciplines come to compete in that event and what makes that event so special? What I'm after is a perfect drivers resume. If you could win 10 races in the world what would they be?
  7. GunnSlinger

    GunnSlinger Captain Backpack

    Jun 14, 2007
    West Covina
    Hod Rod magazine did a write up on the top 100 races a few months back.. ill dig through my stack (im a magazine rental) and see if i can't dig it up...
  8. meatlog

    meatlog Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Top 10 but not necessarily in this order.

    24 Hours of LeMans
    Grand Prix of Monaco
    Dakar Rally
    Baja 1000
    Indy 500
    24 Hours of Nurburgring
    Rally Monte Carlo
    Bathurst 1000
    Belgian Grand Grix at Spa
    Pikes Peak

    Other Notables (including past races)
    Targa Florio
    Carrera Panamericana
    Tour de France (jk)
    Rally Sweden
  9. 07FJRog

    07FJRog Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    Tonopah, AZ
    I agree the indy 500 of old should be in the top ten, but def not #1, your thinking is limited IMO. 24 lemans should be #1
  10. Stuck Sucks

    Stuck Sucks Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2008
    Hummm ... they didn't include the Baja peninsula.

    10 Great Racetracks as Seen From Space

    Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Circuit de Monaco
    Eldora Speedway
    Circuit de Spa Francorchamps
    Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit
    Bonneville Speedway
    Daytona International Speedway
    Circuit de la Sarthe
    Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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