Diving through Paris at 162 mph (in 1978)

  • Thursday, May 07, 2020 10:40 AM
    Message # 8953082
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In August 1978, 42 years ago, the French filmmaker Claude Lelouch adapted a gyroscope camera in the front of a Ferrari 275 GTB, and invited a friend, a professional Formula 1 driver to make a journey in the heart of Paris to the greatest possible speed before clearing up the day. The film should last 10 minutes and the route would go from Porte Dauphine through the Louvre to the Sacre Coeur basilica. Lelouch did not get permission to close any streets on the dangerous journey. The pilot completed the circuit in less than 9 minutes, reaching up to 260 km per hour (162 mph) at certain times. The film shows him passing red lights, dodging pedestrians, scaring away pigeons, and driving one-way streets at dawn. When the film was first presented to the public, Claude Lelouch was arrested. But he never revealed the name of the Formula 1 driver that day, which is speculated to have been either René Arnoux or Jean-Pierre Jarier. The film was banned and would only be shown in Underground theaters. If you haven't seen the classic yet, hold your breath and watch it below. Enjoy the excitement of driving around Paris on a Ferrari 275 GTB, it's worth it.

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