â†µFor reference's sake, gymkhana takes its name from the equestrian event of the same name and involves drivers traversing an obstacle course. The drivers are "required to perform reversals, 180 degree spins, 360 degree spins, parking boxes, figure 8s and other advanced skills," which makes it different from normal old autocross, which is merely technical, insanely dangerous, and not full of required elements. It also has nothing to do with the 1985 movie Gymkata, which featured the worst fight scene ever filmed, and killed the film career of Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas before it ever drew a single breath. (Just in case you were confused.)
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