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.
Houslip has spotted a website where you can test your reaction times. 170216
the dead horse great again!
a topical contribution. 170119 More
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
Berry gone, Bake Off has hit soggy bottom
see the punchline from an Evening Standard article. 160923
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.
dive without a parachute
Dunlop has sent in a link to a hair raisng event. 160916
did the word "Olympics" come from?
Lane's research reveals how the word came about. Where does he find these tales?
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!
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
up with unwanted calls?
Rennie has a method for dealing with scumbags with unwanted calls. Maybe not original
but effective. 160118 More
idea of some hot stuff in the pitlane!
amusing clip sent in by Mario Kloostra in France. 151229
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 More
singer Ruth Brown singing a racy tune - "If I can't sell it, I'll sit on
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 & Lyrics
has a nose wheel problem at Prestwick
Quarrington has sent ina link to some extraordinary footage with ATCcommunications
included. 151001 More
Heaven" commercial - best advert
Dunlop has spotted this advert. If you are thinking of getting an MGV8 it might
help! 150318 More
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 More
in by Peter Beadle. 150219 More
loading Indian style
Houslip has sent in this link to a clip of how an excavator can be loaded on a
truck. 150115 More
a Lynx helicopter down on the deck in heavy seas
topical clip sent in by Godfrey Barnes leaves you rocking in your chair. 150112
the aircraft on display at RAF Cosford
Heaton has sent in a link to a BBC Shropshire news item on 8th January 2015. 150110
the Cuillin Ridge on Skye by bike!
simply crazy thing to do but a stunning film. 150103
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
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 More
of idle moments
Hunt Cooke has sent in 10 idle moments. 141217
- 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
V8 enthusiasts' drink
Roots has seen a V8 drink. 141201 More
Hunt Cooke has spotted this video clip 141127
of the best dead pan acts for a while
Stonehouse has sent in this video link. 141115
Cooper (MGB Register) has sent in a speed trap scam he has seen saying "I
love this!". But is is true? More
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
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.
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
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.
. . ".
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 More
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 More
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
recovers from "gear-up" emergency
Kingwell provides this useful link to a video clip. 140624
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!"
pit stop comparison between the 1950s and today
Dunlop has spotted these clips. 140425
Hawthorn driving a preview lap on the Le Mans track in a Jaguar in 1956!
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
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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