Newry, Maine - As the owner of a rare classic vehicle, I have enormous respect for the enthusiasts who take their irreplaceable classic race cars out and drive them the way they were intended to be driven.
And that definitely includes Ken Block, whose collection of Ford rally cars includes an ultra-rare 1986 RS200 Evolution and a 1991 Escort RS Cosworth. Or it did, until the New England Forest Rally in Maine at the weekend, when the Cosworth crashed and burned. Literally.
Footage from Block’s helmet cam shows the car oversteering into a tight lefthander, hitting a rock that just happens to be exactly on the apex of the corner, and flipping twice before landing on its wheels with flames already visible from under the bonnet.
What follows is a chorus of bleeps as Block and navigator Alex Gelsomino scramble to get out of the car before the flames reach the cabin, and the car burns out completely.