- Dec 29, 2009
VIDEO: Jay Leno recreates C'etait un Rendez-Vous on LA's "Nürburgring"
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.