Journal: These Drivers Are Dancing On The Edge

These Drivers Are Dancing On The Edge

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
June 18, 2015
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Sometimes you just know when watching a car that it’s on edge. Despite all the racing that goes on, drivers don’t often get that one perfect lap—but when everything comes together, the spectacle is a sight to behold. From the World Rally Championship to an incredible last-lap battle at Mount Panorama, these videos inspire us to keep pushing to the limit…and maybe a bit beyond.

We begin with an incredible lap of the old, old Fuji Speedway in its original configuration, with Motoharu Kurosawa, “gan-san” at the wheel. The first corner seen is the fearsome killer corner, “Daiichi”, that had to be altered before the speedway could host international races..

On the left, Mark Higgins’ incredible save just into his run on the Isle of Man course. Extremely exciting, but on the right we have Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, the Isle of Man TT—all at speeds at or approaching 200 mph. It’s a duel, and there can be only one winner…

 What many consider to be the mother of all saves, this is the full clip of Ari Vatanen’s run on stage SS4 at the 1983 Manx Rally—just be sure you’re watching closely at 2m10.

Stefan Bellof is a driver who, sadly, died before showing his true potential on-track. Thanks to this clip at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, it’s clear he was more than able to take the fight to some of the very best drivers in the world.

 

The Ferrari 250 GTO is a fearsome machine…but not in the hands of racer Derek Hill, son of former Formula 1 Phil Hill. Turn it up…

On the left, the epic last lap of Bathurst in 2001, and on the right—the most insane finish ever at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, courtesy of the 2013 Firestone Indy Lights field. (We watched it in person, and we’re not saying that lightly!)

At the 1979 French Grand Prix, Gilles Villeneuve and René Arnoux battle wheel to wheel—for second place. Has there been a better duel in Formula 1?

This is a full, 30-minute video that shows BTCC near the height of its ‘90s popularity, and its novel “knockout” race—fast drivers at the back, and slow ones at the front. The price? Cold, hard, cash. If you get worked up easily, you should probably avoid this one…

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Rob Blasdel
Rob Blasdel

One would think that Mr. Hill would know that the 250 GTO total production number is 39; 3 of which are the 1964 model he is driving.

Abbed Idriss
Abbed Idriss

I would have added Monoco ’92 on this list.

Steely
Steely

Great interview and footage of Kenny Brack driving the GT40 at Goodwood in the wet;

Antony Ingram
Antony Ingram

Vatanen’s save is fantastic but Higgins’ has to be one of the all-time greats. Partly that he manages to hold a moment like that near the car’s top speed, and partly the way he spends the next minute or so processing what happened…

Ian Miles
Ian Miles

Ari Vatanen’s co driver said it all. Heart stopping. Some of the BTCC with the Volvo estates also worth a look.

Sebastiaan Bleuanus
Sebastiaan Bleuanus

Some great classic footage here. A suggested addition: [url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jF__B1xpJY”]Your text to link…[/url]