le prince noir - internet legend
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Back in 1989, before the days of YouTube and Ghostrider, there was a crazy Frenchman called Pascal and his Suzuki GSX-R1100.
Pascal, who later became known as 'le prince noir' (the black prince) decided to see how quickly he could get his big Suzuki around the Paris ring road, the périphérique.
At the legal speed limit of 45mph, it should take the average driver 30 minutes without traffic (and there's usually LOTS of traffic) to cover the 21.7 miles.
Pascal managed to get around in 11 minutes and 4 seconds, during busy afternoon traffic.
It's been widely mentioned across the internet that Pascal died whilst trying to beat his own record around the périphérique. However there are no official reports of a motorcyclist being killed whilst filming a record run on the capital's ring road. It's believed Pascal helped fuel these rumours to keep the Gendarmes and the press off his back once his video went viral, before going viral was even a thing.
After the Gendarmes saw his video, they were itching for him to make another attempt so they could try and catch him. The black prince's protege, Ghostrider (aka Patrik Fuhrstenhoff) later commented in an interview that Pascal was still very much alive.
Ghostrider eventually took on Pascal's record using a far more powerful and modern machine with slick tyres, also choosing to lap at night when there was less traffic. He set a lap time of 9:57, an average speed of 131mph, beating Pascal's average of 118mph.