French Rally Champ Blasts Through Paris In Rendezvous Tribute

One of the greatest automotive films is Claude Lelouch's C'etait un Rendezvous, a nine-minute high-speed run through the streets of Paris ending with the hero getting the girl. French rally driver Jean Ragnotti paid tribute with his own drive through Paris, only with a slightly different ending.


The exploding flowers bit is pretty goofy, even for 1981, but we still love Jean Ragnotti. His claim to fame was that he beat the all-powerful four-wheel-drive Audi Quattros and won the storied Rallye Monte Carlo with a rorty rear-drive Renault R5 Turbo. That was in 1981, too, and the winning car was just like the one you see him driving in this video.

If you thought to yourself "Hey, I want to see the more of that awesome rally footage!" when this video ended, you can watch the whole fourteen-minute film here.


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Il s'agit de Mr Claude Lelouche, et non pas Claude Lelouch

N'est-ce pas vrai, Mr Orlov?