time to time the V8 Webmaster is sent amusing contributions from members - most
often from Alan Kingwell who seems to be a magnet for such material! - so we felt
other members might find some of them entertaining too. We turn away more than
60% of the material sent to the V8 Webmaster but for those with politically correct
sensitivities, please return to the homepage now!
Kingwell has sent in this one - do make sure you have your volume turned
well up before you click start for this interesting video clip
Airport is a pleasant spot, until .
low flying case
Kev Lillywhite sent this video clip just to prove that
we can still fly lower and faster than anyone else! Turn your sound up well.
further contributions to the series will be welcome.
go forward on Sunday 31st March
Nic Houslip has spotted a good reminder.
Flight turns back - there wasnt water for teas and coffees!
Houslip has sent in this news item in the Daily Mirror!. 190215
An unusal vehicle in the US
Houslip has sent in this video clip with the results of an unusual
retirement project. 190215
It is not always obvious what they mean
dashboard report seen by Chris Hunt Cooke. 190205
Houslip has sent in an interesting video clip. 180726
Spitfire does a low pass
passes overhead near Lee-on-Solent, possibly filming for a programme
like Top Prat with a car on the track.
New generic name for Viagra
Houslip has sent it this news item. 180626
Lexophile competition results
Lyons has sent in these results from a competition. 180306
Quotes to raise a smile and recall
Quarrington has sent in some quotes to cheer your Monday morning.
How do court stenographers keep a straight face?
Houslip has sent in a few choice exchanges in court. These are from
a book called "Disorder in the Court" and are things people
actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published
by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the
exchanges were taking place. 170825
Golfing friends meet up over the years
telling tale. 170804 More
Speed control in Canada
imaginative way of achieving speed control. 170708
What religion is your bra?
Houslip came across this useful guide. 170705
Test your reactions
Houslip has spotted a website where you can test your reaction times.
Making the dead horse great again!
a topical contribution. 170119
Difficulties with software
young woman experiencing difficulties with software on her computer
submitted the tech support message below - presumably as a joke.
Then she got a reply which was way too good to keep to herself.
The tech support people's advice was hilarious, seemingly from a
genius! 170103 More
Maude-Roxby has contributed this amusing video clip. It's a 5MB
download. 161211 More
Berry gone, Bake Off has hit soggy bottom
see the punchline from an Evening Standard article. 160923
Landing an Airbus A318 at London City Airport
still a wonder to many how a large jet airliner can land at a relatively
small airport like London City in Docklands. This link has been
sent in by Godfrey Dennis. 160916
Sky dive without a parachute
Dunlop has sent in a link to a hair raisng event. 160916
Where did the word "Olympics" come from?
Lane's research reveals how the word came about. Where does he find
these tales? 160707 More
Fed up with unwanted calls?
you receive an unwanted called offering a claims service or a prize
draw there is a simple way of making sure you don't take a further
call from the number. Simply go into your call log and if the number
is shown (sadly not in all cases) then give the number a name like
Pest 160706 where the "160706" is the date! Then
the next time they call you will see Pest on the screen and
have the pleasure of killing the call.
could also use the name Scumbag 160706!
Video: On-Board for the fastest-ever recorded lap at Goodwood
the 73rd Members Meeting Nick Padmore, driving a Lola-Chevrolet
T70 Spyder set a new record lap time of 1:18.2 in the Bruce
McLaren Trophy race. The subject of the lap record at Goodwood does
cause confusion from time to time. It is generally considered that
the lap record set before the circuit closed in 1966 is the official
one, and that was set jointly by Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart in
1965 at 1:20.4. To date, any records set since the circuits
re-opening in 1998 have been known as Revival records,
although those who christened them as such clearly didnt forsee
the advent of the modern Members Meetings. So, what to call
the Revival record now that its been set at the
Members Meeting? 160121
Fed up with unwanted calls?
Rennie has a method for dealing with scumbags with unwanted calls.
Maybe not original but effective. 160118
German idea of some hot stuff in the pitlane!
amusing clip sent in by Mario Kloostra in France. 151229
Reassuring quotation from John Betjeman
in the tea room of a John Lewis store. 151221.
Plant has sent in some photos saying "Sunday night's sunset.
They don't get much better". 151104
Blues singer Ruth Brown singing a racy tune - "If I can't sell
it, I'll sit on it"!
Smith says "I saw the blues singer Ruth Brown one evening at
Ronnie Scott's club in the mid 1990s and she sang this song with
her deep voice and wonderful rhythm. I was with an Australian colleague,
Sam Farrands now in Hong Kong, and somehow he managed to get the
manager to let us meet her in the dressing room. What a lady, full
of charm and a deep love of jazz singing - a real natural. I have
tracked down several clips of her singing this racy song which starts
with her saying - I own a secondhand furniture store . . . and then
the fun starts from there. There is another link to the lyrics."
Sadly she died in 2006. Clip
Vulcan has a nose wheel problem at Prestwick
Quarrington has sent ina link to some extraordinary footage with
ATCcommunications included. 151001
"Corvette Heaven" commercial - best advert
Dunlop has spotted this advert. If you are thinking of getting an
MGV8 it might help! 150318
An AA mechanic has been branded a 'hero' after fixing a broken down
Land Rover - with a POTATO!
Jones has spotted a
report in the Western Morning News of Mario Papademetriou, 59, who
managed to mend the 50-year-old motor's failed ignition system by
strapping a potato to the engine with cable ties and screws. 150220
Memorable One liners
in by Peter Beadle. 150219
Self loading Indian style
Houslip has sent in this link to a clip of how an excavator can
be loaded on a truck. 150115
Getting a Lynx helicopter down on the deck in heavy seas
topical clip sent in by Godfrey Barnes leaves you rocking in your
chair. 150112 More
Cleaning the aircraft on display at RAF Cosford
Heaton has sent in a link to a BBC Shropshire news item on 8th January
2015. 150110 More
Riding the Cuillin Ridge on Skye by bike!
simply crazy thing to do but a stunning film. 150103
A Senior Trying To Set A Password
member has sent in a tale of how a "senior" computer user
tried to establish a passowrd with some frustration! 150102
Wild Ride in San Francisco
will fast become a Bay Area favourite to watch as a 652 BHP Ford
Focus races, spins and jumps through some of San Francisco's toughest
streets in and out of street cars and ends up on a large barge in
the Bay going under the Bridge. It's a Ford promo driven by one
of the best drivers ever for this type of racing. You will NOT believe
what this guy is capable of in SF. You will recognize the landmarks
as he zips by, spinning circles and getting great "air"
over the steep hills of the city. Just a real fun video to watch
for those familiar, or not, with SF". 141217
Collection of idle moments
Hunt Cooke has sent in 10 idle moments. 141217
Typhoon - a ride with the best
Houslip has sent in a link to a video of some low level flying in
Wales and the Lake District in a Typhoon based at Coningsbury. 141216
Ultimate V8 enthusiasts' drink
Roots has seen a V8 drink. 141201
F1 truck driving
Hunt Cooke has spotted this video clip 141127
One of the best dead pan acts for a while
Stonehouse has sent in this video link.
Speed trap scam
Cooper (MGB Register) has sent in a speed trap scam he has seen
saying "I love this!". But is is true? More
Abilene, Abilene, prettiest town I've ever seen
country music singer George Hamilton IV, a fixture of the Grand
Ole Opry and frequent visitor to the UK, has died of a heart attack
age 77. Abeline was one of his most popular numbers. Alan Rennie
says "this track with the backing of a V8 burble is simply
wonderful on a gentle drive home as dusk approaches". 140918
Two Lancasters flying together
Cooper (MGB Register) has sent a useful link to a series of video
clips of these two Lancasters. It's quite a sight flying over the
patchwork of fields of rural England. Just click "skip advert"
and off you go. 140829 More
Road to basecamp - near madness
Russell has sent in a link to a video clip of another cliff edge
road. Quite why the passengers don't get out and walk I shall never
know! 140828 More
A different kind of landing
Gammons passes on a link to a video clip of an unusal landing. His
contact says "a classic wheelbarrow landing! Im surprised
the nose gear didnt fail. It
looks like it turned out OK. Change of trousers was probably needed
for all on board, especially the cockpit crew". Video
We have subsequently heard from Stephen Slater of Kingpin Media
that "the trees and buildings sort of give it away. Classic
Microsoft Flight Sim X topography. . . ".
An alternative to a nursing home
Loch has sent in a tale of an alternative to a nursing home as you
grow older. I am not sure if they take a classic car too. We hear
Mike Lane is looking into it! 140724
Unseen Donald Campbell speed record footage restored
family footage of Donald Campbell breaking the land and water speed
records in 1964 has been restored to mark the 50th anniversaries
of those records. See this BBC South Today report. 140723
Two Lancasters flying at airshows in 2014
Houslip has spotted last two remaining Lancasters are flying with
the BBMF at a series of events this year. It is probably the last
time this will ever happen as the second Lancaster is based in Canada
and is over here for the Summer. 140629
Display info on
the BBMF website
Harrier recovers from "gear-up" emergency
Kingwell provides this useful link to a video clip. 140624
Rules is Rules!
spotted this item and says "I came across this the other day
and thought it might be appropriate for V8 Idle Moments. Having
done some consultancy work in the US I can quite believe this one!"
F1 pit stop comparison between the 1950s and today
Dunlop has spotted these clips. 140425
Mike Hawthorn driving a preview lap on the Le Mans track in a Jaguar
Dunlop has spotted this video where Hawthorn provides a commentary
as he does a lap. The public have access to the track and cars are
on the road in both directions with bicycles too. Quite hair raising
but what a pleasure. 140325
Case for a paperless world
Lane says "It has been said that paper is dead . . . its
only 39 seconds so please watch it all. The the
irony wont be lost on you". 140325
toilet door lock
Lane has spotted this door lock is in high demand! 140325
an Englishman brings on passion in a woman!
Lane contributes this amusing item.
Hunt Cooke has sent in this interesting study. 140220
quality control video
Heaton says "I came across came across this BL training video on YouTube
the other day I thought members might be interested. Its quite long but
its fun to play spot the TV actors still working!
exchanges between pilots and control towers
Hesketh-Jones has spotted these old gems.
Beadle has spotted this simpe test for AA and AAA batteries. 140202
lands at the wrong airfield
a clip of the large airforce aircraft landing and then how they got it out of
the small airfield. 140130 More
from Mario Kloostra in France. 131206 More
call from the boss - "is everything OK at the office?"
Hesketh-Jones has spotted this one. 131027
typical. 131027 More
of Tim Birkin
Gammons has sent in this clip which catches the style and sound of the period.
Targett has sent in a link to a video clip
highlights the technical- emotional intelligence gap. In many ways the video hits
the nail on the head! 130902 More
feat of concentration & strength
Houslip has sent in a link to a video of something that takes a human to the limits
of coordination, concentration and steadiness of hand and eye. 300601
flying a PR Spitfire
down an American pilot who crash landed a PR Spitfire. 130531
seen at an MG workshops
Lane has sent in a photo of an amusing notice at Beech Hill Garage. 130528
contribution from John Targett in the US. 130522
from Gordon Hesketh-Jones. 130504 More
all think of the Titanic as having been a BIG ocean liner. Well, until now.
Compare the Titanic with the Allure of the Seas Cruise Ship.
How to start an outboard motor
short clip spotted by Nic Houslip. 130404
extraordinary outcome. 130404 More
to handle a difficult airline passenger. 130315 More
A lap of le Mans with Mike Hawthorn
Morand has sent in a link to a film from 1957 with Hawthorn on a preview lap.
Horse meat jokes
are circulating! 130215 More
Fastest selling car accessory
Hunt Cooke has spotted a useful accessory. 130208
Supermarket promotion on petrol & burgers
Dunlop reports "a leading supermarket is now giving triple points on your
Club Card for all purchases of petrol & burgers with a promotion called "Only
Fuels & Horses"! 130121
Only B-29 Strato Fortress still flying
Houslip has sent in a link to a video of the only flying B-29 Strato Fortress
in the World. 130109
Helicopter landing on an offshore patrol vessel
Polley has sent in a video clip a Lynx Mk.80 of the Royal Danish Navy attempting
to land on the offshore patrol vessel Ejnar Mikkelson (P571) in heavy seas. 130108
Jubilee flypast from the cockpit
Kingwell says " forwarded to my fellow military enthusiasts - the air station
is RAF Valley. Be patient, the shot from the ground appears at the end."
Turn the sound off - most enthusiasts would prefer cockpit sounds rather than
the soundtrack distraction used here. 130107
Fiscal cliff explained
Lyons has spotted an explaination which focuses the mind. 080113
Panoramic view from the Shard in London
310m (1,007ft) up on the new building in London called the Shard you can traverse
360 deg and see London as never before. 130104
Valentino Rossi pulls off a miracle
sensational final lap - it came out of nowhere. You are witnesing a rare
gem. 130102 More
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