Video: “Dear God!” – One of the great rally near-misses
The 1983 Manx Rally saw Ari Vatanen and Terry Harryman take part in one of the most thrilling motorsport near-misses we’ve ever come across. The foggy and damp conditions are captured brilliantly by the High-Definition quality of this clip, which cumulates with the pair clipping a wall in their Opel Manta 400, puncturing a tyre and sliding spectacularly between a pair of immovable barriers which would have almost certainly lead to a catastrophic accident.
You can fast-forward to 1:53 to skip straight to the moment, however for the full experience we can only recommend that you sit through the 90 second lead up to one of the closest rally near-misses we’ve ever seen caught on video. It’s also quite interesting to observe any change the no-doubt very shaken Ari Vatanen’s driving following the incident.