Before FaceTube: Climb Dance

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Finn Ari Vatanen, World Rally Champion, competing in the early 80s Group-B rallying era of turbocharged excess, takes a Peugeot 405 T-16 up the legendary Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1988 as part of this spectacular short film.

The 405 is a two door, light weight, 500bhp man versus machine affair, with the course unrelenting and rather dangerous in places.  If this doesn’t whet your appetite to spend all day watching Group-B rallying, or spark an interest in Hill Climbs I don’t know what will.

This is the second installment in my before FaceTube series, looking back at motoring movies before the proliferation of YouTube and Facebook.


About Author

Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

RMS Forum Comments

Coog replied at 08:43, Wed 03 Jun, 2015
My favourite video of all time. Absolute cracker.
davecoupe replied at 11:06, Wed 03 Jun, 2015
Absolutely love this video. Ari is 100% my hero, I count myself lucky that I've even been able to meet him. Such a man behind the wheel. It was flat out or broke attitude for Ari and he won plenty but he still managed to remain extremely humble and gracious. Such an incredible man. A man that is very fond of Ireland too, loads of victories here, some massive accidents too and he is still a patron of the Donegal motor club and travels here regularly.
Cooper replied at 12:56, Wed 03 Jun, 2015
I preferred the Jazzy piano of the original - the one in my article looks a lot better as its remastered but lost the quirky 80s appeal a bit!
Rocko replied at 13:19, Wed 03 Jun, 2015
-R7ws741KpE 1:38 ^:o)
davecoupe replied at 13:29, Wed 03 Jun, 2015
I assumed it was the original and didnt even watch it :oops:. Here is another really famous clip of Ari on the '83 Manx in a Manta 400. Shows both Ari's style (Leading the rally but still flat out and clipping a wall on the inside) and his skill (getting an out of control Manta 400 with a tyre off the rim through a solid concrete manx cattle grid at well over a ton). NI's very own Terry Harryman on the notes muttering the infamous phrase "oh, dear god" at about 30 seconds in. gTwlfn6SaLQ Edit @Rocko beat me to it ffs
svensktoppen replied at 14:14, Wed 03 Jun, 2015
Best racing film ever, period, full stop (y) :cool: Never gets old. And from when it was still proper gravel too, none of this modern all-tarmac nonsense (A)
Richy replied at 14:14, Wed 03 Jun, 2015
I think this video was the reward for completing V-Rally 2 on the PS2 or something, classic video!