How it all began...
On 29 January 1886, Carl Benz filed patent no. DRP 37435 with the German Imperial Patent Office in Berlin for his "gas-powered vehicle".
It was the day the automobile was born. Later that year, Gottlieb Daimler built his motorised carriage - independently of Carl Benz.
The two inventions mark the beginnings of the long history of the automobile - and they ultimately lay the foundation to motorsport. Although it would take a little while before the first race was held.
The original patent filed by Carl Benz is now part of the UNESCO Memory of the World register, which includes valuable books, scripts, musical scores, photographs and audio and video recordings from all over the world - and showcases the historical importance of this ground-breaking document.