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August 22, 2013 12:37 PM   Subscribe

Fast sharp right! Fast sharp right! Sharp right! Sharp right! Listen, Samir, you have to listen to my calls, please! (Some NSFW cursing)

At the 2013 Rally of Coimbatore, navigator Vivek Ponnusamy aids driver Samir Thapar. More rally video from Samir here.

Not everyone is pleased that only the "highlights" were posted: "if the 60 minute video had been viewed in its entirety, the context of each situation and instruction would have been clear."

Triple Caution! Triple Caution!
posted by zippy (34 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
that's what she said?
posted by sparklemotion at 12:48 PM on August 22, 2013


This is like EVE Online in that I love it even though I have no idea what is going on. And I'm really glad I'm not actually . . . playing?
posted by The Bellman at 12:51 PM on August 22, 2013


And here I was thinking it was a GPS parody...
posted by Samizdata at 12:53 PM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Does Samir say "shut up, yar" because that would be classic
posted by sweetkid at 1:10 PM on August 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Also Samir is my brother's name and I want to turn this into something that will torture him forever somehow.
posted by sweetkid at 1:12 PM on August 22, 2013 [5 favorites]


This is just a feeling, but it seems like maybe Samir should make a sharp left. When he gets around to it.
posted by poe at 1:22 PM on August 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


You are not concentrating.

Because that driver, yeah, definitely daydreaming.
posted by GuyZero at 1:23 PM on August 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Also needs the LOLsuit tag.
posted by GuyZero at 1:24 PM on August 22, 2013


SAMIR PLEASE

seriously how do I make this into something that will loop for my brother forever
posted by sweetkid at 1:25 PM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


sweetkid, how about this?
posted by zippy at 1:38 PM on August 22, 2013


In rally it can be argued that the co-driver is the one actually driving the car. Sure there is some meat puppet making control movements but he's no more in control of the car than a power steering pump or cruise control module is. It's the co-driver who tells the voice input receiver how much to turn, brake, or throttle at any given moment.
posted by Mitheral at 1:38 PM on August 22, 2013



sweetkid, how about this?


haha OMG where was that like Thanksgiving 2004 when I needed it.
posted by sweetkid at 1:41 PM on August 22, 2013


Samir, please, I beg you! ... forever.
posted by zippy at 1:42 PM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Okay, who else wants to see these two guys go on Top Gear now? Or even better - put the navigator in the same car as the Stig?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:45 PM on August 22, 2013 [4 favorites]



Samir, please, I beg you! ... forever.


even better yayyyy
posted by sweetkid at 1:46 PM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


The best part of this video is the very last couple of seconds.
posted by Sokka shot first at 1:58 PM on August 22, 2013


This is exactly why I haven't driven in a car with my mother as a passenger for almost 15 years.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:02 PM on August 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


Sammy, Sammy, what are you doing man!?... until the end times.

The same, bracketed with some profanity.
posted by sparklemotion at 2:09 PM on August 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


dude is totally channeling my ex-wife -- on the way to the grocery store.
posted by OHenryPacey at 2:16 PM on August 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Finnish Rally coaching.
posted by Authorized User at 2:17 PM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Irish version.
posted by planetesimal at 3:05 PM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Straight up comedy. Still laughing.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 3:38 PM on August 22, 2013


The co-drive virtually drives, Sami is attempting to weigh whether his impressions match the instructions and then act accordingly, that doesn't work in rally.

Source: two guys at work.
posted by Cosine at 5:57 PM on August 22, 2013


Alternative Finnish Version, with bonus James May, aspiring Finn.

Does anyone know how hard it is to get into rally driving? I've been sorely tempted (after a recent Top Gear watching binge).
posted by Cold Lurkey at 6:31 PM on August 22, 2013


So I guess if I get motion sick reading in the car, being a co-driver is not for me, huh?
posted by ob1quixote at 6:34 PM on August 22, 2013


> Does anyone know how hard it is to get into rally driving?

I have no firsthand knowledge, but I think people get into rally driving via the networks around racing schools.
posted by planetesimal at 7:14 PM on August 22, 2013


I burst out laughing at, "You will break the car Samir. We will not finish!"
posted by Jernau at 7:26 PM on August 22, 2013


Does anyone know how hard it is to get into rally driving?

See if there's a series that's run near you, see what the organizers need from you, look at their classes (2wd / 4wd / turbo / no turbo / etc), see what looks doable / affordable, and go for it. If you've got the time and the means, you're off to a great start!
posted by Chutzler at 8:50 PM on August 22, 2013


"Triple Caution!" will be my new rallying (err, no pun intended) cry at work.

(replacing the memorable "Danger Point!" from a few years back.
posted by ShutterBun at 9:29 PM on August 22, 2013


That gave me serious flashbacks to some of my engineering classes. *shudder*
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 10:40 PM on August 22, 2013


What really makes this is that the pace notes were being read in real time, rather than ahead of time. Which is fairly unhelpful because once you're in a turn, it's not useful to be told you need to turn...

Years ago I toyed with the idea of entering a time-distance rally with a girlfriend as my co-driver and this is (in hindsight) like watching a video from the alternate reality where that actually happened.
posted by danny the boy at 1:11 AM on August 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


If you've got the time and the means, you're off to a great start.
Alas, neither, in sufficient abundance. Although I am going to try to get out to see a race in Michigan this winter.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 2:37 PM on August 23, 2013


This could have ended much worse. (Very NSFW exclamation at end, plus butt)
posted by zippy at 4:06 PM on August 23, 2013


There are time-speed-distance rallies that are very much amateur events. That is, where it's mostly about teamwork and navigation. You don't race to be the fastest, you race to be the closest to a specified time over a specified distance. So you don't need a specially prepped car, or extra safety equipment.

I haven't done one myself yet, but it's on my list.
posted by danny the boy at 2:09 PM on August 24, 2013


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