Sunday, March 18, 2007

Extreme Notchback abuse, Dutch-style

Jonny Lieberman hipped me to this insane Dutch TV show from 1978, just posted on Jalopnik, which has to be seen to be believed. It features amateur drivers racing battered cars backward around a racetrack accompanied by Pythonesque narration. A late '60s 1600 Notchback figures prominently in the action:

There's a '70s Fastback in there somewhere too. The Notch appears again in a two-wheel driving challenge, and fares better than a couple of Opel Kadetts did:

But the punchline is a Messerschmitt executing a perfect two-wheel sprint down the track:

The show's finale is a backward race restricted to DAFs. DAFs had a variable drive transmission that allowed them to go as fast in reverse as they could going forward, making them perfectly suited to backward racing. Backward DAF racing was apparently a big phenomenon in '70s Holland, which explains why so few of them survive today.

As if all that wasn't enough, two ridiculous eurodisco interludes performed on the track help push the show completely over the top. Do yourself a favor and check it!

Achteruitrijden 1 augustus 1978 - Te Land, Ter Zee en In De Lucht

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