TG.com’s top rally crashes of 2012
After Juho’s superb bit of crash-bang parking this weekend, more rally-based smashery for you
Posted: 21 Oct 2012
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A perfect time to recalibrate your synapses, then. With some spectacular footage from this year's collected rally series. It may have escaped your attention, but motorsport is actually quite dangerous. Rather than sedating the original chaps who thought up the premise of driving really very quickly across unstable and slippery terrain, the world instead decided to grant them their own race series.
Of course, rallying is a rigorous test of spatial awareness, driver inputs, quick wits, intelligence, and of course, bravery. Courage. Heroism. The stuff they can't teach you. The stuff you are gifted with. Driving flat-out across dirt and snow with little more than a man with a notepad sat next to you requires something deeper than a deft right foot.
But it's also a rigorous test of your gentleman vegetables. Because lots of crashing occurs in rallying. Lots and lots. Just yesterday we showed you Juho Hänninen's rather splendid demonstration of his supermarket car-parking skills. Suffice to say, he probably began offering gratitude to many new deities.
This got us thinking: 2012 is fast becoming a vintage year for spectacular offs. So here's some we rounded up. Of course, this list isn't exhaustive, so if you've spotted something more outrageously crashy and smashy - and nobody was hurt - send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll publish more of your favourite suggestions later this week...