Baby Racing Used To Be A Real Life Actual Sport, And It Was Amazing

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Ligne de départ pour la course de bébésKEYSTONE-FRANCE/GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY IMAGES

Baby racing: why did it have to end?

Turns out that once upon a time, in 1950s New Jersey, you could witness the amazing spectacle of racing babies at the annual Diaper Derby.

For some reason – probably health and safety gone mad – baby racing is no longer a thing you can go and see.

But these photos from the golden era of baby racing are amazing, and will transport you to a time before Uncle Bureaucracy stalked our lives with his endless red tape.

Take a look:

Betting On BabiesHULTON-ARCHIVE/GETTY-IMAGES
Baby DerbyHULTON-ARCHIVE/GETTY-IMAGES
Children BabiesCORNELL-CAPATHE-LIFE-PICTURE-COLLECTIONGETTY-IMAGES
Children BabiesCORNELL-CAPATHE-LIFE-PICTURE-COLLECTIONGETTY-IMAGES
Children BabiesCORNELL-CAPATHE-LIFE-PICTURE-COLLECTIONGETTY-IMAGES
Children BabiesCORNELL-CAPATHE-LIFE-PICTURE-COLLECTIONGETTY-IMAGES
Deux bébés sur la ligne de départKEYSTONE-FRANCE/GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY IMAGES
Candidats sur la ligne de départ de la course des bébésKEYSTONE-FRANCE/GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY IMAGES
Des bébés boivent à une bouteille géanteKEYSTONE-FRANCE/GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY IMAGES
Un candidat sur la ligne d'arrivée de la course de bébésKEYSTONE-FRANCE/GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY IMAGES
Course de bébésKEYSTONE-FRANCE/GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY IMAGES
Diaper DerbyFPG/GETTY-IMAGE

I like how all the babies have advertising stuck to their diapers. A great time to be alive.