The first car races in the history of our country were held at the beginning of the last century. On August 14, 1909, 23 cars with Italian, French, German, American and Russian racers started from Tsarskoye Selo. Motorists rushed to Riga, from where they had to return to St. Petersburg, having overcome about 1177 km. Any cars with any characteristics were allowed to start. Francois Donier was the first to reach the finish line four days after the start.
Although the first cars in Tyumen and Tobolsk appeared before the First World War, they were very rare and it was impossible to dream of any car races.
In the Soviet Union, car racing has long been part of the training of army drivers. Car racing, as a sport, appeared in the USSR in the early 1950s. In 1964, the AZLK plant created the M-412 motor, which developed up to 150 hp. Based on this motor, cars that participated in competitions abroad were created. In the "Rally of the Century" race held in 1968, our athletes took the fourth team place, coming to the finish with all four cars, which no one could achieve. In 1974, at the Euro-74 Tour, our racer Stasis Brundza took first place in his Moskvich-412.
As for motocross, the very first race in the USSR took place in 1928. In 1936, the USSR Motorsport Championship took place in Kiev. When car racing first appeared, motorsport already had a rich history.
Motorsport competitions were also held in the Tyumen region. In the 1970s and 80s, Tyumen athletes were the best in the country. In the eighties, a children's and youth school "Patriot" was opened in Tyumen, which cultivated all technical sports, including motorcycle (motoball, speedway, motocross). Since 1994, motocross began to be practiced at the Tyumen Hippodrome, and since 1996, extreme cross-country competitions on "Survival Races" cars have been held there.