• Dec 29, 2009
Looks oddly familiar, no? - Click above to watch the video

"Every major city must have a great race track hidden in it somewhere." So starts Jay Leno's first car mini-film, The Fast and the Famous. The conceit is this: like all car guys (and gals), Leno acknowledges that the greatest car movie ever made is Claude Lelouch's C'etait un Rendez-Vous. With that in mind, Jay gets half-a-dozen cameras mounted up to the same red SLS AMG he had in his garage and goes semi-hooning through the streets of Los Angeles in a fun homage to Lelouch's Seventies masterpiece.

Of course, not just any streets. Leno comes up with the hypothesis that LA's hidden circuit is Mulholland east to Laurel Canyon south to Sunset Boulevard west to Coldwater Canyon north back to Mulholland. Interestingly, not only is this route about 13 miles long – similar in length to Germany's famed Nürburgring Nordschleife – but it's also somewhat shaped like the Nordschleife. A very cool coincidence if you ask us.

Is he right? As a near-lifelong Angleno this particular writer agrees, sorta. If there was a way to magically ban all traffic from Laurel and Coldwater Canyons then yeah, totally. Especially as Sunset and Mulholland are usually alright if you pick the right time of day. But as you'll see in the making of, this ten minute clip took three days to shoot. However, we think we know of a hidden race track laying just outside the city of angels, but we'll save that for another day. Until then, jump to watch both videos.





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      • 5 Years Ago
      P.S. The LA ring would be great save for two issues:

      1. getting stuck behind lallygagging sightseers in the twisty bits on Mullholland and Coldwater.

      2. if you lucky enough to avoid number one, you'd better be prepared to shell out for a realignment and dental work made necessary by the man eating pot holes. There are manhole covers on Sunset that are three inches deep!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i actually wanted to go on mulholland drive today. jay is right those canyons are fun to drive thru. im slapping myself in my head for not ever connecting them together. i think ill call a few friends up. Tuesday should nice light traffic. thx jay
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live right off of Laurel Canyon in Studio City, so I drive most of this course on a daily basis.
      Mulholland is great to drive late at night, especially since they repaved a good portion between Coldwater and Laurel.
      Still, the roads are just way too packed and way to rough to get a nice consistent run out of.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing (I live in Hollywood, GF lives in Sherman Oaks) Laurel is just too beat up on the Hollywood side... not to mention packed with idiots and the road is really narrow at parts. Still a fun drive. I prefer the Mulholland to Kanan to PCH to Decker to 101 run. Smoother roads, less traffic and you get the beach too ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      My cousin lives in an area of LA which requires me to either take Laurel Canyon or Coldwater Canyon. They are awesome roads, but they're generally packed with traffic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is the perfect route for the "movie of the week" producers in their AMG Benzes.
      The real drivers are in the west side of the canyon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All these routes are infested with Policia! This vid has about as much to do with Rendezvous as Herbie the Love Bug does... BORING! And that route has about as much to do with the "Ring" as the Pasadena freeway does. It's a sad, sad vid.

      As far as someone's comment here about Jay's car stuff, yes he is an amazing car guy, is he funny, uh, no. His new show sucks more than his old show, Carson made a big mistake, though I must say Jay is not as bad as Colin O'whatever. Jays rather lame attempt to copy TopGear's "Reasonably Priced Car" segment, equally lame. My suggestion, Jay, do your "Jay's Garage" on TV and loose the TopGear rip off stuff with the Disney inspired Mad Hatter ride stuff, ugh!

      I will say that along time ago I met Jay at a friend of mine, Dean Hensley's annual BBQ. Dean would have the In and Out truck show up at his house in Pasadena. The party celebrated Indian Motorcycles and old cars, I think the cut off manufacture date was 1950. Jay would bring a different car each year. An aunt of mine was at one of these parties she suggested to Jay that that particular car he had brought she learned to drive in back in the 1930's, he took her for a drive in it, he seems to be a very gracious man.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, well. Decided to do some web searching.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C'%C3%A9tait_un_rendez-vous

      Ah well, it still plays well.

      Happy New Year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How did I forget about Stunt Road!?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well he better pick a day when there is a traffic jam cause all those are main streets.

      He better wait until LA has another "Day without a Mexican" to achieve this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This video would have been much better if they leave all the talking, all the montage out, and just show the video from the camera mounted on the front lip - like the original.
      Just put all the talking, etc on "the MAKING OF".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably because they want to show the whole thing with commercials or something to make money
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hear, hear!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Every major city must have a great race track hidden in it somewhere."

      So long as you don't live in a major Midwestern city. Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee; all look and feel like giant grid layouts. If you happen to find a chicane or a hairpin, consider yourself lucky enough to enjoy that brief moment of driving bliss.

      If every major city had a great hidden racetrack, drag racing wouldn't have been invented and oval racecourses wouldn't have been built. It's because of a lack of exciting roads that made American racing culture what it is today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bouquet Canyon-Spunky Canyon-San Francisquito-Copperhill-Davids Way and repeat, all located right above Santa Clarita. Literally 2 blocks from my house (lucky me!), I have yet to encounter a more fun way to burn 20+ miles worth of gas on roads. There's also a loop involving the 126, 150, 33, Lockwood Valley Rd, and the 5 but you need a full tank for that.
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