For a few years in the early 70s the ‘go to’ show for action packed car chases was ‘The Streets of San Francisco’. Michael Douglas and Karl Malden starred as homicide detectives Steve Keller and Mike Stone would pursue the bad guys up and down the steep hills in their swamp green 1971 Ford Galaxie (here’s a clip). The TV show followed the motion picture
In 2012 Monster Energy rally team member (and DC Shoes co-founder) Ken Block gets his chance at tearing up those same streets of San Francisco is Gymkhana 5. Gymkhana is a timed auto racing event involving a complex course involving reversals, 180 degree spins, 360 degree spins, figure 8s and other advanced driving skills.
The video was shot over four days by director Ben Conrad and his team and shows Block screaming through and over such iconic San Francisco landmarks as the Bay Bridge, trolley cars and the waterfront warehouses in his 650 horsepower Ford Fiesta. I’d love to see someone put together a custom Google Maps showing the various areas that the video was .
It’s great product exposure for Monster, DC Shoes, Ford and the streets of San Francisco.