|A Ferrari 275 GTB On The Streets
On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude
Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper
of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional
Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the
heart of Paris.
The film was limited for technical
reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine,
through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.
No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain
a permit. The driver completed the course in about
9 minutes, reaching nearly
140 MPH in some stretches.
The footage reveals
him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians,
and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.
Upon showing the film in public for the first time,
Lelouch was arrested.
He has never revealed the identity
of the driver, and the film went underground until
a DVD release a few years ago.