You know the drill. Someone sends you a link to a YouTube video in an email with the words "You've got to see this."
OK. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/v/K8nptFx1jug
Yes, you've got to see it. "It" is "Peak Performance," a 9-minute, 4-second film of Marcus Grönholm's second-place finish in this year's 12.42-mile race up Pikes Peak - the second-oldest (to the Indianapolis 500) motor event in the United States.
Its makers - Australians Tim Vincent and Scott Richardson - use modern technology in this work that was inspired by Jean-Louis Mowrey's award-winning 1990 Pikes Peak film "Climb Dance."
The makers used helicopter shots, cameras buried in the road surface, fixed cameras and an array of in-car (dash, rollcage) cameras
The new film also is a promotion for Ford's coming introduction of the Fiesta, though the street version will be a bit different from the 800-horsepower rallycross prepped vehicle that Grönholm and navigator Timo Alanne were driving.
Every viewer will take some favorite shots from the film. Mine include the ballet of Grönholm's feet across the pedals from an in-car camera.
Even environmentalists who deplore the once-a-year invasion of sound and speed on the pristine mountain will admire the scenic shots and marriage of technology and nature.
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