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Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 22, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
Gymkhana is amazing, and Ken Block is one of the best in the world at this sport. Check it out.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Mar 22, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
I took the thread title to mean something totally different.

Super impressive driving, though. I've always enjoyed those videos.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2013 - 02:29pm PT
Thought it might confuse a few people.. Hunh? I love the part where he transfers the hill. So sick!!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Mar 22, 2013 - 02:30pm PT
Dude, the part where he catches air through a corner is rad!
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Mar 22, 2013 - 03:09pm PT
An oldie but goodie - many of the tire marks are still visible almost 9 months after this was uploaded to YouTube.

Definitely watch in full screen with quality setting at 720p or higher. Here's the direct link so you can select full-screen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuDN2bCIyus
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 22, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
Thanks Mike. I had no idea.
Some Random Guy

climber
In a chair, drinkin' a beer, watchin' the show
Mar 22, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
huh? rad? sick? huh? not sure what u guys are getting at. just looks like another commute home from the east bay to me...
WBraun

climber
Mar 22, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
What an epic fail !!!

He didn't even wreak the car or crash it.

Gimme that fuking rig and I'll total it in the first turn .......

:-)
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Mar 22, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
Jesus, those streets they blocked off, including the Bay bridge... it's hard to fathom.

When was this Hardman?
monolith

climber
SF bay area
Mar 22, 2013 - 04:52pm PT
The bridge was closed for major retrofitting at some point in 2012. Could have filmed the bridge scene then.

I posted this video to the video thread last year.

(From looking at the making of vid, the bridge closed very briefly to film that scene. They just stopped the cars for a few minutes.)
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Mar 22, 2013 - 04:52pm PT
I saw random skid marks all over the city a couple months before I heard of the video
(I just checked and it was indeed filmed from the 9th to the 12th of May 2012).

Here's a video on the filming of the action, including some bloopers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnzlri_mEYQ&list=UU-LqvZMkzlQIT2Wy6LyE1_A&index=19
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Mar 22, 2013 - 06:20pm PT
What's that big chrome shifter do any idea?

DMT
lars johansen

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Mar 22, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
Man, how did I miss this? lj
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Mar 22, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
In a land where understeer is the antichrist: keeping all four wheels in line will never be same.
Bullitt eat your heart out!

I wonder if Ken block wants more than 650 horsepower (but of course, he does).

Dingus: I didn't take close notice, but that might be his e-brake on steroids for throwing some of those slides?
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Mar 22, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
What's that big chrome shifter do any idea?

It's a hand brake.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2013 - 10:15pm PT
Ya hand e brake.. A normal one just won't cut it.


Dude, the part where he catches air through a corner is rad!

Yes!! Hell yes!! What did u guys think of the matrix style gopro shots? Kind if a cool idea, just line up bunch of em. Love it when he jumps off the dock and you see the gopro go flying too..

I wonder how many gopro's they used?? Must have been close to a hundred.. Each matrix shot is at least 15 ...
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 22, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
Just watched the making of vid. Somehow i was under the impression that he did it all in one go. That would have been a hell of a production, much less an incredible run, to pull all those stunts together at once and shut down half the city!!

Still super impressive, just seems a lot more realistic now..
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 22, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
I thought they were down on air pollution in San Fran?

And I've got a couple C notes that says he wouldn't stand a chance against
any of the top European rally drivers. But it was mildly entertaining.
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 22, 2013 - 10:53pm PT
You sure it was for real...

They just emptied the city?

Hmmm
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Mar 23, 2013 - 09:57am PT
Love that! Best use of the streets of San Francisco since Bullitt.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 23, 2013 - 01:57pm PT
I dunno Reilly, he got 7th in The 2013 Rally Guanajuato México, first one he entered this season. He's ranked 13th in the WRC at the moment, but he's currently ineligible for manufacturer points.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Mar 23, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
I saw the original Ken Block Gymkhana video a few years ago, and he outdoes himself on this one. However, I think I still prefer Gymkhana 3 - Ultimate Playground, as it has much more of an "open road" type feel, and the audio (and sound-editing) is superb. You really get a feel for what a beast this car is, and there's more footage shot from the car. Knott to mention that the outrageous ending is pretty hard to top!

Here's the blurb from YouTube:
Uploaded on Sep 14, 2010
Shot just south of Paris, France in Linas at l'Autodrome de Linas --Montlhéry, this 1.58 mile oval track, built in 1924, features banks as steep as 51 degrees, which is more than double the standard incline of most NASCAR ovals. Chosen by Ken for this specific reason, the ramp-like banking proved to be a unique and exciting challenge. The driving physics for the stunts performed were totally unknown until Ken attempted the maneuvers during filming

Here's the link. I'm knott embedding it because there's no way to go full screen, and that would be a crime.
Again, go at least 720p, full screen, and crank up the volume!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TshFWSsrn8
bobinc

Trad climber
Portland, Or
Mar 23, 2013 - 02:38pm PT
Calling Lucky Pink...
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Mar 23, 2013 - 03:17pm PT
now you know how I felt anytime I let my wife drive in the City
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