The very first street racing video

Street racing has been going on for longer than the release of Fast and Furious movie series. Contrary to belief, previous generations were also involved in street racing. Starting as early as two cars were on the road, street racing has been a cultist past time for dare devils and enthusiasts alike. This vintage street racing film features a Ferrari 275 ripping up the streets of Paris in 1978. But it's really not a Ferrari, it's actually a Mercedes. Depicted by the film "C'etait un rendez vous", they mixed a Ferrari sound track with a Mercedes vehicle.  Swooping and pulling through corners, monuments, and catacombs the "Ferrari 275" appears to handle quite well. Perfectly placed gearing allows the Italian engine, or German; to whine out success through any obstacle.

Ferrari 275 specifications:
  • Tipo 226 V12 DOHC engine
  • 300 horsepower
  • Top speed of 160 mph
  • Six twin choke Webber carbs
Street racing in modern times has taken on a taboo as if it is only modern times that street racing occurred. The truth is that it has been going on for decades. Do you recall the classic days of the 1950's and 1960's where they would shut down county roads and run a pseudo quarter mile? During the 1970's when muscle cars laid down rubber with bleach on the tires was the next movement forward. Things are different now and street racing isn't as safe as it used to be. The roads are more crowded, cities are over populated, and the cars are much faster. Look at this video and see how little amount of traffic is on the streets of Paris. Go there today, and it's grid lock. In my opinion, that's why I believe modern street racing is under more pressure than the days of yore. Enjoy the following vintage street racing footage from 1978 Paris courtesy Ferrari 275, ehrm... Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9!

Video content: Vintage street racing film from Paris 1978

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Source: Tampa Sports Car Examiner

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