12
Feb
09

This is what it’s all about

A friend just reminded me of this footage, and since I’ve been particularly grumpy today, I figured I’d do something positive and share it.

The details are below, but I’ll just say that this is bite-the-back-of-your-hand stuff that melts the hearts of enthusiasts.

Do yourself a favor and turn up the volume for the most satisfying soundtrack to come from the late 70’s.

On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris . The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine , through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit.

The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly 140 MPH in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up several one-way streets.

Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was arrested. He has never revealed the identity of the driver, and the film went underground until a DVD release a few years ago.

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