Watch - Drag racing on the streets of Sweden

A nominee at the recent London Motor Film Festival, Stephane Benini's coverage of Swedish drag racing was one of our favourites

Police, monster burnouts, illegal street closures and a Volvo V40 like you’ve never seen it before. Welcome to the short film, Horchevan (they tell you how to pronounce it at the end of the film).

As you might have heard, evo went to the London Motor Film Festival last weekend and there were some rather good things up on the big screen during the evening. One of our favourite films was this, by Stephane Benini. It didn’t win a prize, but we thought it deserved to be seen by a wider audience.

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It takes us inside an incredible night of illegal drag racing in Sweden. The chaotic circus of cars and people seemingly moves around different locations between 11pm and 8am, regularly fleeing from the police in the process. The fantastic run and gun, reportage style of the filming perfectly suits the edgy nature of the event that Benini’s documenting.

There are some extraordinary machines, but in particular keep your eyes peeled for what looks like an old Volvo V40 (1996-2004 model) but with a significant rear tyre upgrade…

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We should warn you that the lyrics in the middle portion of the soundtrack are not for those with delicate ears.

HORCHEVAN from Stephane B on Vimeo.

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