Watch Jaguar XJ220s Race Just Like In Video Games

Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.

I'm a big video game nerd. I'm the kind of nut that would catch up on American Le Mans and then would immediately go play Forza 4, with nothing but me, some sort of exotic wonderfulness, and a big track to go nuts on.


Sunset Peninsula is a track in Forza that has pretty much anything a racer could hope for- big straightaways, a nice banked turn, and twisty bits through the infield of a track. I always thought Sunset Peninsula was fake, a fantastic concoction thought up of bits of imagination.

I was wrong.

It turns out that twenty years ago, before Forza, before Gran Turismo, there was FastMasters. The show aired on ESPN, and featured retired drivers, all over the age of 56, pounding around Indianapolis Raceway Park in ultra-rare Jaguar XJ220s on street tires. The racing was incredible, with no ABS, constant passing, and even NASCAR-style crashes. It was just like in the video games.

If we brought FastMasters back today, what do you think it would look like?

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