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Car Videos, The King of Cool, Mustangs, and Ken Block

The first cool car video I saw was the movie “Bullitt” – the chase scene is widely regarded as the benchmark for such things.  Steve McQueen (possibly the greatest anti-hero of all time and The King of Cool) is a detective who does whatever is necessary to get the bad guys.  And, he uses a bad-ass muscle car to do it…

Steve McQueen was the real deal.  Think James Dean, Paul Newman and AJ Foyt all rolled into the same guy –  McQueen was 10 times cooler than all that, period. He brought us a car chase even our mom’s couldn’t turn away from, he shared LeMans with us, he helped make the movie “On Any Sunday“, and he never stopped trying to escapeIf I weren’t a Brian, I’d want to be a Steve…

McQueen LeMans

Now Ken Block is no Steve McQueen, but he has carried on McQueen’s legacy of sharing with young people how stuff with motors is cool.  I thank him for that (his latest work is shown below). Block’s latest Gymkhana video is done using a Ford Mustang (the Bullitt car was the 1968 version).  Just as Ford has supported Block’s efforts, Ford has recognized Steve McQueen as part of Mustang history.

I believe Block’s video with a Mustang tearing around on city streets begs a recollection of the Bullitt original.

Now for the latest Gymkhana video – essentially, this is just a movie with a car chase without all of the silly dialogue and contrived plot. I love a good sense of humor and like the fact that Block pays homage to the donut shop (4:54) – reference the Traktor Terror video donut scene (1:40).  Gymkhana Seven also pays tribute to famous car chases (7:30).

Thank you Ken Block – you’re pretty cool.

Oregon Trail Rally 2014

Oregon Trail Rally is this week, Friday through Sunday.  Everything you want to know is in the Spectator Guide.

Suspect 541 Gravel

Friday night at PIR (Portland International Raceway – a Portland park), starting at 6:00pm.

Saturday in Dufur the cars will be on display at Dufur City Park, beginning at 9:00am.  Dufur City Park is scheduled to be the location for all services.  That means that as the car finish stages, there will be time for them to work on the cars.  That will be happening at a central, easy to find location.  This is an excellent spectating opportunity.  Kids love this stuff!

Saturday night at 7:30 – a party with cars at Double Mountain Brewery

Sunday the cars will be running stages near Hood River, and servicing down in the Port Area – Again, beginning at 9:00am

Who to look for?

I’ll be rooting for McDowell and Henderson (notice how I put the co-driver’s name first…?) – Hood River boys and hell-a-fast!!! Number 541, Subaru WRX (photo above).  Great insights on their Facebook page.

Carl Decker is a bicycle racer from Bend who also spends some time in Hood River.  He’s stupid-quick on a bike – expect that to carry over.  Like Henderson, if you think race driver’s ain’t athletes… you ain’t thinkin’ very hard.  Number 693, and it’s probably still a Subaru.

Anybody named Tabor has done a lot for Rallying in the Northwest, and there are a bunch of them.

Paul Eklund is another Portland guy with a family history in the sport.

Any car running as a “Regional” entry is likely somebody from not too far away.  And bring your kids – even the girls will be excited to see that there are women involved in this sport.  It’s super cool stuff.  Check it out.