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The EU's biggest problem

According to Ari Vatanen MEP:
"The biggest problem in the European Union is not unemployment, pollution, low prices for wheat or not even the enlargement - it is the lack of love."
Well, it's a point of view.

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blue_condition
Sep. 27th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
Anything Ari Vatanen says I take seriously. He was the greatest rally driver ever. Which counts for bugger-all politically but means he's got a level head on his shoulders, anyone brave enough to tame those Group B buggers in the mid-eighties is worth listening to.

Climb Dance is one of the most astonishing bits of video I've ever seen, Ari monstering the Pug 405t16 up Pike's Peak hillclimb. Marvellous.
applez
Sep. 27th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
Ok - that was pretty damn cool. Plenty of crazy bystanders too.

Incidentally, have you seen another French racing film, "Rendezvous" from the 70s ... Ferrari racing through early-morning Paris? A French F1 driver was behind the wheel, as I recall.
blue_condition
Sep. 27th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, seen it several times.

(1) The car never got beyond about 130mph down the Champs-Elysees - although it was quite quick through the wiggly bits.
(2) It wasn't a Ferrari - the Ferrari soundtrack was dubbed on. It was the director Lelouch's 6.9 Mercedes saloon with a ruddy great camera on the front bumper.
(3) although virtually every then-current and recently-retired French GP driver was linked with having been the driver, it was Lelouch himself!
blue_condition
Sep. 27th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
...although the one 'genuine' thing about it is the speed - there is no trickery on the film there. But if you measure distances (it's been done!), he's not going all that fast in absolute terms - mind you he's going a lot faster than anyone entirely sane would through some of those narrow streets.

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