by The Scarlet Harlot on November 8, 2005 · 11 comments

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Here’s a breathtaking 1978 short in which a camera was mounted to the front of a Ferrari 275 GTB, which was then driven like a bat out of hell (by a Formula 1 driver) from Porte Dauphine to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur in normal traffic.


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 him 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 real 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.

Obviously the music is not from the original film.  There’s only so much engine noise I can take, and that’s a song that always makes me speed when I’m driving.

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  • killdozr

    That’s nothing compared to the first one I saw of these, where guys actually got pulled over by police in Copenhagen FIRST, THEN RAN, and then drove through pedestrian traffic AND regular traffic to make an escape that took about 18 minutes.

    they drove a twin turbocharged Porsche 911 V6, which can top out at over 225.

    on another note – does anyone think this is time accelerated – because i’m watching the trees, and they’ve sorta got that shutter-flip look to them, like someone’s removing every 5th frame of the movie, which would accelerate the speed of it.


  • Shadow Stalker

    It does look a little jittery.  Maybe whoever digitized the film did a poor job changing the frame rate.

  • Manji

    I think not, perhaps it’s just bad quality/old footage effect.

    By the way kill, could you find a link to that chase you said above?

  • killdozr

    man, i wish…that was soooooo long ago.

  • HarvestReaper

    ….Sweet Sweet lord i want one..

  • special_edday

    Fuckin’ awesome!, whats the name of that song?.

  • special_edday

    the first song.

  • .alphamonkey.

    It’s just one song.  It’s a remix of Rockstar

  • Heretique

    Odd, that’s kind of like driving in Paris normally, but with less traffic lights to ignore then than now.

    The first few minutes smell of shenanigans, though. The Champs Elysee is not as long as it seems there (perhaps it goes along with the trees…) and the National Assembly building is missing as he turns into the Concorde.

    I was intrigued to see how the camera held up on the cobbles of Montmarte, but he dodged them.

    Anyway. I’d like to go back to Paris now, thx.

  • Souped_up_on_Jihad

    Not to mention there are a TON more motorcycles to deal with. Traffic looked kind of light, filmed in August maybe?

    Anyways, I would love to go back too, that is one beautiful Basillica and city. But, I REALLY want to learn the language first, maybe I’ll walk the block to the library and get started.

    BTW, the tour guide told us that the roundabout around the Arc D’Triomphe is the most dangerous driving in all of Europe and if you wreck/die on it, all insurance issued in the EU will NOT cover it due to an exclusion clause. Pretty messed up if it’s true.

  • Heretique

    They’ve actually installed traffic lights that, theoretically, control the flow through the roundabout. Not sure if it’s helped, but it was probably a help.

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