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GT racing, hill climbs, rallying, Le Mans; road-going Porsches owe a lot to the successes and failures of their racing cars. seeing it documented from early on in their existence gives us an idea of how they went about it.

king rose archives

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documentation of Porsche's beginnings are rare and it's thanks to firms like King Rose Archives to not only preserve history, but rekindle the memories of those who witnessed it first hand.
quite possibly the most phenomenal video ever shot involving a driver, the dubbed sounds of a Ferrari 275GTB, and the streets of Paris at dawn, August 1976.

never mind that the car Lelouch, creator and director of "Un Homme e une Femme"  actually drives was his Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6,9 rigged with bumper mounted 35mm Eclair CM3, the point like any other movie is to transport you into a fantasy. once the opening scene embraces you, any validities, doubts, or questions regarding authenticity, are wiped clean from your brain preparing it to be thrust into the role of the driver calculating each turn, shift, rev, apex, and distance of what lies directly ahead.

if, after blurring past the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra Garnier, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées and pigeons to reach the steps in Montmartre and watch her appear in the headlights, you come away from the film feeling at once virile and romantic, Lelouch succeeded.


editor's note: below is an interview of Lelouch regarding the filming of un C'était rendez-vous with a retrace of the film's location in the Merc 6,9 (in French). 
source: www.automobilesdeluxe.tv/tag/cetait-un-rendezvous/
the map from wikimedia showing the trajectory of the drive with time markers. larger map available here.

el jefe

it can't always be hot and heavy Porsche history...it makes for a dull man, don't ya know. here's a video to lighten things up a bit—and why not?