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Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
2/19/16 10:53 a.m.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/RHgjFPhhzY8?rel=0

Ever wondered where gymkhana, the motorsport that made Ken Block famous, got its start? Parking lots, of course. Gymkhana and autocross are distant relatives, with the former involving lower speeds and more complex maneuvers. Watch this expertly-driven Lotus 7 tear up a British gymkhana course.

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OldGray320i
OldGray320i HalfDork
2/19/16 10:57 a.m.

That was cool.

RedGT
RedGT Reader
2/19/16 11:08 a.m.

I just assumed that every car guy on the internet had already seen that video.

TGMF
TGMF Reader
2/19/16 11:14 a.m.

good god that looks hard on the trans.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
2/19/16 11:14 a.m.
RedGT wrote: I just assumed that every car guy on the internet had already seen that video.

There are always new car guys.

Nick (LUCAS) Comstock
Nick (LUCAS) Comstock UltimaDork
2/19/16 11:19 a.m.

I remember watching gymkhana back in the eighties on, I think, wide wide world of sports. Or a similar show. IIRC minis' were hugely popular.

slantvaliant
slantvaliant UltraDork
2/19/16 11:32 a.m.
Keith Tanner wrote:
RedGT wrote: I just assumed that every car guy on the internet had already seen that video.

There are always new car guys.

And old car guys who like to see repeats now and then.

bravenrace
bravenrace MegaDork
2/19/16 12:01 p.m.

That has to be some kind of trickery. We all know that only Ken Block can drive that well.

OldGray320i
OldGray320i HalfDork
2/19/16 12:12 p.m.
Keith Tanner wrote:
RedGT wrote: I just assumed that every car guy on the internet had already seen that video.

There are always new car guys.

Or old car guys that don't get out enough. Or in enough. Or whatever it is one does to get to these newfangled technologies...

Sure are a lot of horseless carriages on this forum.

edizzle89
edizzle89 HalfDork
2/19/16 12:22 p.m.

usually i would say the car control would be the hardest part... but remembering where the hell to go and what you need to do is the real challenge here

4cylndrfury
4cylndrfury MegaDork
2/19/16 12:29 p.m.

Utterly entertaining video. Crazy car control is crazy.

Also, quite pleased with the lack of "hate that one drifter guy and his flat brimmed cap" posting in this thread. Bravo GRM.

Driven5
Driven5 Dork
2/19/16 12:48 p.m.

In reply to 4cylndrfury:

That wasn't drifting.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
2/19/16 12:58 p.m.
RedGT wrote: I just assumed that every car guy on the internet had already seen that video.

That and the gymkhana run in the classic Mini where he does a brakie at the end.

4cylndrfury
4cylndrfury MegaDork
2/19/16 12:59 p.m.
Driven5 wrote: That wasn't drifting.

mndsm
mndsm MegaDork
2/19/16 1:05 p.m.
slantvaliant wrote:
Keith Tanner wrote:
RedGT wrote: I just assumed that every car guy on the internet had already seen that video.

There are always new car guys.

And old car guys who like to see repeats now and then.

Alzheimers and all that.

Kreb
Kreb UltraDork
2/19/16 1:06 p.m.

As hard as it is to find autocross sites where I live, we may have to start running events like that again!

Kia_Racer
Kia_Racer SuperDork
2/19/16 1:08 p.m.
edizzle89 wrote: usually i would say the car control would be the hardest part... but remembering where the hell to go and what you need to do is the real challenge here

This

I would not want to try that in my SAAB! I don't think I could get into reverse fast enough.

Desmond
Desmond HalfDork
2/19/16 1:35 p.m.

In other news, Ken's Hooner-Fiesta is for sale right now...

http://www.motorsportauctions.com/category/323/World-Rally-Cars/listings/35736/Hoonigan-Racing-Ford-Fiesta-WRC-HFHV.html

trucke
trucke Dork
2/19/16 1:38 p.m.

I thought our event lots were small!

BrokenYugo
BrokenYugo UltimaDork
2/19/16 1:50 p.m.
TGMF wrote: good nicolas cage that looks hard on the trans.

This looks like a good place for an automatic.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
2/19/16 2:11 p.m.

I have no earthly idea how someone even memorizes that course!

foxtrapper
foxtrapper UltimaDork
2/19/16 2:38 p.m.

If my eyes aren't deceiving me, I think a good part of what you're seeing there is the power of cutting brakes.

iceracer
iceracer PowerDork
2/19/16 5:09 p.m.
TGMF wrote: good god that looks hard on the trans.

I had a friend that blew the transmission in his XK140 doing just that.

jstein77
jstein77 UltraDork
2/19/16 5:13 p.m.

Hey Tom, I was the one that showed that video to your dad in this thread.

Vigo
Vigo PowerDork
2/19/16 6:43 p.m.

I don't think i've owned a single manual trans car with a synchronized reverse.

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