From 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!



Eastleigh Airport is a pleasant spot, until .

Alan 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.

Another 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. (5.9.06) Harrier



Any further contributions to the series will be welcome.
Wild Ride in San Francisco
NicHouslip says "This 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 More

Collection of idle moments
Chris Hunt Cooke has sent in 10 idle moments. 141217 More

Typhoon - a ride with the best
Nic 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 More

Ultimate V8 enthusiasts' drink
Malcolm Roots has seen a V8 drink. 141201 More

F1 truck driving
Chris Hunt Cooke has spotted this video clip 141127 More

One of the best dead pan acts for a while
David Stonehouse has sent in this video link. 141115 More

Speed trap scam
Roger 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
Sadly 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 Abeline & Daily Telegraph report

Two Lancasters flying together
Roger 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
Mike 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
Ron Gammons passes on a link to a video clip of an unusal landing. His contact says "a classic wheelbarrow landing! I’m surprised the nose gear didn’t 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
James 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 More

Unseen Donald Campbell speed record footage restored
Unseen 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 More

Two Lancasters flying at airshows in 2014
Nic 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
Alan Kingwell provides this useful link to a video clip. 140624 More

Rules is Rules!
Malcolm Venables has 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!" 140522 More

F1 pit stop comparison between the 1950s and today
Mike Dunlop has spotted these clips. 140425 More

Mike Hawthorn driving a preview lap on the Le Mans track in a Jaguar in 1956!
Mike 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 More

Case for a paperless world
Mike Lane says "It has been said that paper is dead . . . it’s only 39 seconds so please watch it all. The the irony won’t be lost on you". 140325 More

New toilet door lock
Mike Lane has spotted this door lock is in high demand! 140325 More

How an Englishman brings on passion in a woman!
Mike Lane contributes this amusing item. 140314 More

Different diaries

Chris Hunt Cooke has sent in this interesting study. 140220 More

BL quality control video
David 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”! 140219 More

Actual exchanges between pilots and control towers

Gordon Hesketh-Jones has spotted these old gems.
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Easy battery test
Peter Beadle has spotted this simpe test for AA and AAA batteries. 140202 More

C-17 lands at the wrong airfield
See a clip of the large airforce aircraft landing and then how they got it out of the small airfield. 140130 More

Any excess baggage?
Contribution from Mario Kloostra in France. 131206 More

Phone call from the boss - "is everything OK at the office?"
Gordon Hesketh-Jones has spotted this one. 131027 More

Kenny Everett remembered
So typical. 131027 More

Memories of Tim Birkin
Ron Gammons has sent in this clip which catches the style and sound of the period. 131002 More

Male-Female communication conundrum
John Targett has sent in a link to a video clip which highlights the technical- emotional intelligence gap. In many ways the video hits the nail on the head! 130902 More

Incredible feat of concentration & strength
Nic 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 More

American flying a PR Spitfire
Tracking down an American pilot who crash landed a PR Spitfire. 130531 More

Sign seen at an MG workshops
Mike Lane has sent in a photo of an amusing notice at Beech Hill Garage. 130528 More

Recognising airline staff
A contribution from John Targett in the US. 130522 More

Lost cause
Contribution from Gordon Hesketh-Jones. 130504 More

THE TITANIC
We 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. 130429 More

How to start an outboard motor
A short clip spotted by Nic Houslip. 130404 More

Italian auction
An extraordinary outcome. 130404 More

First class thinking
Dr Steve Deas has provided this one. 130315 More

A lap of le Mans with Mike Hawthorn
Frank Morand has sent in a link to a film from 1957 with Hawthorn on a preview lap. 130313 More

Horse meat jokes
They are circulating! 130215 More

Fastest selling car accessory
Chris Hunt Cooke has spotted a useful accessory. 130208 More

Supermarket promotion on petrol & burgers
Mike 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
Nic Houslip has sent in a link to a video of the only flying B-29 Strato Fortress in the World. 130109 More
Helicopter landing on an offshore patrol vessel
Ian 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 More

Jubilee flypast from the cockpit
Alan 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 More

Fiscal cliff explained
Derek Lyons has spotted an explaination which focuses the mind. 080113 More

Panoramic view from the Shard in London
From 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 More

Valentino Rossi pulls off a miracle
A sensational final lap - it came out of nowhere. You are witnesing a rare gem. 130102 More

V8 Idle Moments series earlier than 31st December 2012 is archived
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