If you’re inclined to assume that the Gymkhana principle experienced run its study course roughly all-around the similar time Ken Block drove a bemused James May possibly about Inyokern Airport, you are not by yourself. But the 2022 edition has an ace in the gap: the splendidly bonkers ‘Family Huckster Wagon’, which is loosely dependent on a 1983 Subaru GL Wagon – in the similar way that Cocaine Bear is loosely dependent on a legitimate story.
You could possibly don’t forget the 862hp Huckster from this year’s Competition of Pace – we do. Its flamboyant run up the hill was the ideal antidote to the (significantly) more rapidly EVs that in the end completed forward of it in the pecking purchase. And we’re largely reminiscing about the sound of the EJ-centered 2.3-litre flat-four revved over and above 8,000rpm – factor in the entirely wild active aero and the we’re-on-a-mission-to-make-a-blended-tape styling, and, frankly, you always had the makings of a prepared-made fan favourite.
Accordingly, we’d cheerily watch the Huckster be reversed into a parking room at a rest home. But Gymkhana 2022 goes a wee little bit additional than that. It says a great deal about it that the most thrilling higher-pace leap is not the a person which clears a helicopter’s spinning rotor blades. And of program, you can not fault Pastrana for edge-of-credulity antics – after all, the male broke his pelvis in a base soar for the movie which was not strictly demanded, narratively talking (observe it all the way to the conclude for the bone-crunching outcome). Travis, Huckster, all concerned – consider the PH hat tipped.