If you’re not already familiar with it, there’s a genre of video captured from dash-mounted cameras that’s been steadily stretching the internet’s seams. There are certain stylistic impositions. The footage is bitmapped. The driver is listening to music you’d only otherwise hear in a gym. The content is odd. And it always is Russian.
Two bovines in the throes of passion getting hit by a car. A policeman clinging to the bonnet of a speeding car. A horse using a zebra crossing. A tank, à propos of nothing, shooting across a busy crossroad. An SUV being struck by lightning. A naked man fleeing from the boot of a car. And the most intense crashes known to lunacy. But why the hell are Russians filming everything?
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Words: Matt Jones
This feature first appeared in Top Gear magazine