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Video: “Dear God!” – One of the great rally near-misses

Submitted by on October 9, 2013

Ari Vatanen 1983 Rally

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.

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