Super-hoon Ken Block’s ninth instalment of the hugely successful Gymkhana video series would have been filmed in Australia except for police objections:
“The police down there started to make things difficult with the permitting process for the locations we were trying to secure, both public and private,” he said. “Apparently we were going to be ‘bad’ for Australia and as we got closer and closer to filming we started to lose more and more locations that we had secured, ultimately forcing us to abandon the concept.”
Even had the necessary permits been secured, the video wouldn’t be worth watching:
“Any public roads we had wanted access to (and none were major arteries or intersections, most were small roads near the [Sydney] waterfront with little traffic to be diverted) would have mandated us driving in a straight and orderly manner, maximum speed being whatever the speed limit was on that road.”
The priceless publicity would have been great for Australia.