Thrilla in Manila.

As Muhammad Ali rhymed that it'd be a "killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila" in 1975, the world was about to witness the greatest fight in boxing history between champions Ali and Frazier. As Ali rose to victory by TKO over Joe Frazier in the 15th round, halfway across the world from the Philippines, in Germany, another athlete was about to make his champion mark. Hans Joachim Stuck, son of the legendary Hans Stuck, spent the early 70s following in his father's footsteps as a Grand Prix driver, and in 1974 made his F1 debut. Hans eventually went on to be an even bigger succes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which he won twice in a Rothmans Porsche 962 together with Derek Bell, the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring, which he won three times in various BMWs including a 2002ti in 1970, and the 1990 DTM Championship which he won outright. 

I admit the above is a rather lengthy introduction for a clip, but since it shows our hero at the wheel of an E46 BMW GTR absolutely terrorizing the ring, it may have just been worth your while. The video is regarded as one of the ultimate on board videos of the 'Green Hell', showing everyone "how it's done." So sit back and enjoy the lightning quick extended lap (Nurburgring + Nordschleife) and that straight-cut gearbox wine of the Schnitzer/ALMS developed Bimmer. Skip through to halfway for the insanely quick bits.



The next video I'm sharing with you is of a rare Porsche 997 GT2 RS crushing the mountain roads between the Italian Riviera and the Cote d'Azure above Monaco. The sheer quality of the video in HD together with the tight French roads and that lovely turbo noise make for one buttocks clenching experience. Once the ride is over viewers are treated to a lap of Monte Carlo, which includes the Casino Square, Hotel and Cafe de Paris, the Fairmont hairpin, and the stretch past the Ferrari dealer and towards Nikki Beach Club. I guess I should also point out that this type of driving style is reckless and no one aside from the participants in the annual Monte Carlo rally should attempt to replicate this video.



This last video has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. It has me instantly reminiscing back to my summer chasing the 2011 Gumball 3000 around the best part of Western Europe. For those of you unfamiliar with Jon Olsson, he's a Swedish skier, celebrity, and a marketing dream come true for all of his various sponsors. He's got an "All In" mentality, enjoys lightweight and super fast cars, and drove his fire spitting Lamborghini LP670-4 Super Veloce flatout in 2011. Without further ado, here's "Veyron Cruising" with a little Avicii thrown in for good measure.