We're in the Golden Age of Rally Footage.

Jalopnik blogger Raphael Orlove recently informed his readers that "we are in the golden age of rally footage." And he's right, the current rally footage discoverable on Youtube in HD shot with catastrophically expensive RED cameras is beyond vivid. It's surreal how real it is. If Youtube would of existed in the 80's and professionals covered Group B rallying as well as they do WRC today, I would spend every living breathing second watching those very videos. Yet there's nothing quite like being there. I realized this when I watched the 2011 Monte Carlo F1 Grand Prix live after spending my childhood watching it on TV. To be honest, I had no idea what was going on since I wasn't presented with commentary, race standings, or instant replay like they do on TV. I could only see one turn of the track and it was the least interesting one right between the casino and the Fairmont hairpin. But what the corner lacked in excitement it made up for in noise. Each F1 car would downshift at least twice, with downright hurtful sounds coming out of their short exhausts. I imagine the only sounds that fall within the same category are the Big Bang and sticking your head up a Boeing 747's engine on take-off. It didn't help that I was watching the race without ear defenders, dangling off the top of a statue, and within feet of the passing race cars. I didn't have the slightest clue what was going on, but I loved every second of it. Would I do it again? No. I'd instead empty my bank account to get the smallest room in Hotel de Paris for one night and come Sunday, I'd make full use of their rooftop pool deck. Anyways, here's some epic rally footage. Make sure to full screen it and bump that sucker up to 720p.