World rally star Ken Block teamed up with British Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy for a stunning day of filming at the former Woodford Aerodrome.
The pair joined forces to film for an episode of BBC’s Racing Legends series in honour of Colin McRae.
Block flew in from the States with his world renowned Ford Fiesta RS WRC rally car – made famous in the Gymkhana Youtube driving videos. His mission was to teach the six times Olympic champion Hoy how to drive like his former countryman.
The results were incredible. He produce a stunning display of driving that included a nerve wracking dash around the aerodrome using obstacles to show off his driving skills.
Block even incorporated a dazzling dancing display around the Vulcan bomber now retired to Woodford that left the BBC crew clapping in admiration.
Ken, said: “You have a fantastic facility here and it was awesome to come and drive here with Chris – the Vulcan topped off a terrific day.
“It was a great project to get involved with, Colin McRae was an amazing driver and hopefully we have given Sir Chris – who is a talented driver in his own right – a real understanding of the skills involved.”
Block has millions of fans around the world and his Gymkhana series on Youtube has attracted many millions of hits.
The 45-year-old American races with the Hoonigan Racing Division – formerly the Monster World Rally Team. He is one of America’s most influential figures in sports marketing, having established DC Shoes as one of the biggest brands in the world.
His filming session with Sir Chris Hoy was the second episode in the BBC Racing Legend’s series to be filmed at Woodford.
Film legend Sir Patrick Stewart had filmed at the former BAE Systems site with British racing driver Tiff Needell in the first of the Racing Legend’s show, a tribute to Sir Sterling Moss.
Behind the Scenes
Onside PR managed filming at Avro Heritage and were privileged to join the set on Racing Legends.
You watch a slice of the action here. See below for the link to the BBC show available on the iPlayer.
BBC RACING LEGENDS
Racing Legends followed three high-profile car enthusiasts as they retrace the steps of Great British racing legends – Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart and Colin McRae.
Through a combination of revealing interviews with family and friends and fascinating archive footage, each celebrity will pay tribute to the racing legend by learning what made them great by spending time with them and the people who knew them best.
By charting the highs and lows, the victories and the near-death experiences, the enthusiasts will discover what it took to succeed in a dangerous era of motorsport.
In each hour-long episode, they’ll learn about the vehicles they drove, the engineering they employed and try to understand what put them in pole position.
Watch BBC Racing Legends
To watch the BBC Racing Legends show on iPlayer click this link.
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