Yet another reason to love the internet: Only bootleg copies of his illegal ride have ever been available before now.
Think it’s hard to track down reliable information on a legend of speed like Ghost Rider? Try doing so on Le Prince Noir a.k.a. The Black Prince a.k.a. Pascal…
It’s rumored there was a motorcyclist in the late 1970’s that called himself “Le Prince Noir” and roared around Paris with a camera strapped to his motorcycle. Perhaps this started with him, but I have seen no video of this or received any confirmation at all on this rumor. Also, 1970’s technology being what it was, it is hard for me to envision a video camera being strapped to a motorcycle. But, who knows…
Cut to modern day and we have the video seen above. Well, actually that video was shot in 1989, but at least we have the video so we know it was done and that Pascal is/was a real person.
I say “was” because there are persistent rumors that Pascal died trying to top his original record of 11 minutes and 4 seconds for the 35 kilometers (35 kilometers is 21.74 miles). However, there exist no official reports of a motorcyclist crashing and dying while filming a record run around Le Peripherique. In addition, there are rumors that the death rumors were started to keep the gendarmes and the press off of Le Prince Noir’s back (the gendarmes after learning of his ride, almost dared him to do it again). Last, but certainly not least, Ghost Rider himself stated in an interview that Le Prince Noir/The Black Prince/Pascal was still alive.
Interviewer MOTO73: “On your last DVD, aside from the ride between Rotterdam and Amsterdam, we marked your drive through Paris on. Someone else already has done this a couple years ago.”
Ghost Rider: “I rode the same distance of 35 kilometers in nine minutes and 57 seconds. However, I only rode at night instead of during the daytime. Pascal rode during the daylight in busy traffic. Many people say that Pascal is dead, but I can tell you it isn’t so. His problems with justice are past, so we will surely hear from him soon.”
In Ghost Rider Goes Crazy in Europe, Ghost Rider does a timed run in Paris, France on the Paris Peripherique (a French term for ring road/beltway) and completes the circuit with an elapsed time of 9 minutes 57 seconds for an average speed of 211 kph (131 mph). This was done as a tribute to Le Prince Noir (Black Prince) who completed the circuit on his motorcycle in 11 minutes 04 seconds for an average speed of 190+ kph (118+ mph).
The times are not comparable however due to Black Prince’s being obtained in heavy traffic with daylight (the average daylight speed on Peripherique during workweeks is about 43 km/h or 26 mph) and Ghost Rider’s being obtained with very little traffic at night and with the latter rider utilizing a more powerful and capable machine than Le Prince Noir (The Black Prince was riding a Kawasaki ZXR750).
Oh, by the way, the speed limit on Peripherique is 80 km/h (50 mph).