- Pastrana’s latest Gymkhana is the “wildest film I have done on four wheels”
- This year, Gymkhana 12 is set in South Florida, and highlights the local scenery
- His newest rally weapon, the ’83 Subaru “Family Huckster,” makes upwards of 865 hp
Gearheads have been enjoying Hoonigan’s Gymkhana series of stunt films nearly 15 years, ever since Ken Block burst out of an airplane hangar in 2008 at the wheel of an ’06 WRX. These days, the series plunks Travis Pastrana behind the wheel, sending the hotshoe out in some of this Earth’s most bonkers machinery over and around (and sometimes under) closed courses across the world. This year, they take the show to Florida, where Pastrana puts on a show with his 1983 Subaru GL station wagon.
That’s right. Starting with a squared-off Subaru long-roof, a car which originally made 73 horsepower when it rolled off the assembly line in Japan, the Hoonigan team threw away much of the original car and installed a flat-four powertrain good for 865 horsepower — and a whole lot of tire smoke. Dubbed the “Family Huckster” (thanks, Clark), it has carbon-fibre body panels, tubular spaceframe, and a suspension which easily soaks up jumps. Some really big jumps.
The trifecta of racing a fighter jet; performing a tandem slide with a helicopter; and doing donuts around Ryan Anderson’s monster truck might sound like challenges from the nest instalment of Forza Horizon but are actually all part of Gymkhana 12. Set against a backdrop of south Florida stretching from Fort Lauderdale to the Keys, Pastrana puts on a smokeshow of epic proportions.
We’ll let you check out the stunts in the video above but will tell you the BASE jump shenanigans at the start of Gymkhana 12 were absolutely real. Back in January, which gives you a timeline of how long it takes to create a video of this calibre, Pastrana posted to his Instagram from a hospital bed, reporting of a BASE jump accident which fractured some bones and broke his L5 vertebrae. The man did go on to make a recovery, thankfully, though he did miss some driving engagements planned for early in the year. And it explains why the ’22 iteration of Gymkhana is being released in December.
The entire franchise is important to Hoonigan, with numerous instalments garnering well over 50 million views on YouTube. With stunts like the ones in this year’s episode, plus the buzz of Pastrana’s BASE jump, you can bet Gymkhana 12 will be a chart-topping film as well.
Whether wheeling an off-road rig over rough terrain, hauling trailers with a pickup truck, or tucking into a sportscar, Matthew is never far from something with four wheels and an engine. He’s a member of AJAC and lives in rural Nova Scotia. Find him on Facebook and Instagram @DudeDrivesCars
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