As the myTeam Perrinn P1 1:1 model has left for the paint shop to get ready for its road trip across Europe, we have a look back at how European-centred sportscar and US-dominant stock car racing have similar backgrounds.
This is it, folks. It's the full-scale model version of the myP1 car you can catch in the UK in August and September and later in continental Europe.
The model is currently in the paint shop to acquire its full livery and then it will head out to England for four weeks of public display and a yet undesignated period of European journey. You can check out all preliminary UK dates on this map.
Meanwhile, an unofficial attachment to the project popped up by Oppo-user Jared East who created this myP1-inspired Gen6 NASCAR livery for Papyrus's NASCAR Racing Season 2003. This marks the first, 'cross-promotional' virtual asset until someone creates a working, simulated model of the myP1 car, acquired from the freely-shared blueprints.
This, on the other hand, served as a good opportunity to have a look at how stock and sportscar racing entwined through the decades.
American and European racing came from very different backgrounds. While sportscars, formula cars and Indy cars started off from virtually the same big bang, stock car racing springed from a very much different shoot - interconnecting with all of them at some point during the decades.
While open-wheel and sportscar racing has always been predominantly a white-collar pass-time for the wealthy with dedicated machines, stock car racing comes from the blue-collar, working-class demography of the US, similarly to the one that sprung amateur rallying and touring car racing in Europe.
The bridge between the two worlds turned out to be sportscar racing from an early age, as it was the most accessible gate to transcend from one to another due to the realtively lower cost of vehicles and a vague mechanical similarity.
By the 1950s, European factories had rebuilt themselves from the destruction of WWII and started producing consumer cars as opposed to tanks and other military vehicles of earlier years. The ever-shallow natural resources and fuel prices forced manufacturers to build small, economical cars, a philosophy that was applied to their sportier vehicles as well.
Around the same time, Detroit was flooding the US market with relatively cheap and - by European standards - massive cars that the 'good ole boys' of the South were eager to race around local dirt tracks. NASCAR was the name of it, an appealing series European manufacturers wished a taste of with some of their sportscars racing with the 'big boys'. In 1954, a Jaguar XK120 was the first to win against its American rivals at the first ever road circuit-hosted race officially sanctioned by NASCAR, shortly before the American series decided to outlaw all non-US cars.
This wasn't the only place where sportscars and stock cars clashed. The infamous Carrera Panamericana was the place to be at the same time. Crazier and more challenging than any of the highly-praised European road races, it was home for drivers from all over the world from all series imaginable: NASCAR, Indy racers, hot rodders, land speed record holders, sportscar competitors, F1 champions, you name it.
Applying the field of cars to contemporary standards it would make a grid of Sprint Cup cars, LMP1s and GT cars. Pretty close to what we have in the Prielli World Challenge or the Tudor United Sportscar Championship, only on public roads.
With public roads, we arrive at the Mecca of sportscar racing, Le Mans. After the banned Mexican clash of the two worlds the battle moved to the Circuit de la Sarthe in the 1960s with the legendary war between Ford and Ferrari, the Snake and the Stallion - the great wills of Carroll Shelby and Enzo Ferrari.
While the blue-collar supercars weren't stock cars by any means, it wasn't until ten years later when the first and yet only 2 hour-race occured at Le Mans where two NASCAR stock cars were invited: a Ford Torino and a Dodge Charger.
In the meantime, the US has adopted its own formula of sportscar racing with Can-Am, Trans-Am and the likes, but the seemingly motorsport-saturated Europe wasn't keen on embracing the stock car formula, as touring car racing was more or less its equivalent in the old world.
Up until recently, there hadn't been any sort of 'big V8s on ovals'-type of racing on the North-Eastern side of the Atlantic until the VSR V8 series showed up in the UK in 2001 and is still crawling as the 'Late Model V8 Supercars' in the UK and Belgium.
Even more recently, the NASCAR Euro Whelen Series appeared on the radar, somewhat contrasting the open-wheel-centred, high-tech European racing scene, bringing its final showdown to Le Mans each year.
When 'European' sportscars are racing at Daytona and 'American' stock cars at Le Mans, the work can be considered complete, and an LMP1-liveried Sprint Cup car doesn't even seem that far off.