When I was in college, I had the great pleasure of being enrolled in television and videography courses that were taught by a fella by the name of Dave Lostracco. He’s had a long career in the TV industry, working on countless different shows. He and I actually had a lot of similar interests. Just as an example, when we asked him in class one day what made for a good visual story, he said “crash up derbies, gun fights, strip clubs, etc.” Gives a pretty good indicator of the things he was interested in. He’d worked a lot on automotive shows, and his love of motorsports was clear from day one. To give you an idea, he showed segments from Top Gear in class to give examples of well-produced television, and even invited his students for a viewing of Dust to Glory just for fun.
I can recall talking about racing in class, and while I don’t remember what specific racing league we were talking about, I do remember the quote vividly (which is saying something, considering the number of memorable things that guy said): “You think these guys are good? Rally drivers would bitch slap ’em and take their lunch money.”
It’s true, rally driving is among the most difficult driving in the world… And from the looks of this video, it’s also one of the best sports to be a spectator of, because you can really get into the action.
This is footage from a spectator’s head cam from the Neste Rally Finland which has been going on this weekend. These folks picked a good corner to camp out on, because as you can see, they got to see lots of crashes.
It’s actually kinda hilarious seeing a car go flying off the track followed by a horde of people screaming as if they were running into battle, heading to help the drivers, flip the cars back over and pull them out of the bush by hand.
Here’s some more footage from the same rally:
Given that the goal of these races is to get from one point to the next in the fastest time possible, the drivers themselves generally never want to crash… Obviously. But as a spectator, things certainly get more interesting when they do (and don’t worry, in most cases the drivers and co-drivers aren’t hurt. These cars are designed to take quite an impact and remain intact.
You can catch some rally action right here, close to home. The Rally of the Tall Pines takes place in Bancroft November 24-25th!