That headline probably isn’t all that surprising to anyone with eyes. Which I’m assuming is most of you seeing as you’re reading this. The 1980s was a pretty disastrous decade for the automobile the world over. In the US car design had almost completely stagnated, with the big three pretty much living on the fact most buyers of the time wouldn’t consider anything that wasn’t ‘Merican made. In the UK quality control had become laughable, with the workers in the automotive industry spending most of the previous decade either on strike, or in the breakroom demanding more tea breaks.
Today what that means is that 1980s cars are (thankfully) headed to the junk yard at a faster rate than any other generation of automobiles. In a study conducted by the British motoring website honestjohn.co.uk, they discovered that out of the many vehicles which had been produced in the hundreds of thousands, or even millions, in that decade, there were some which were now down to their last couple hundred.
Honestjohn have put together a list of the top 20 fastest dissapearing family cars in the UK. Unsurprisingly almost every single one of them is from a British manufacturer. But just to make sure the story ends on a high note, they’ve also complied a list of the top 10 classic survivors…
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Usually when skydiving it’s the jumpers who have a wild ride, not the people left in the airplane. However in this instance its the guys who didn’t hurl themselves from a perfectly good aircraft who get the real adrenaline rush.
The video is the work of one very skilled pilot, and one very trusting co-pilot.
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Russian dashcams don’t just capture massive rocks falling from space, tanks pulling out in front of you, manhole covers exploding, and ejecting truck drivers. They also record more boring events. Like simple parking maneuvers and this, your standard overtake.
But of course things aren’t quite that simple. The icy conditions clearly got the upper hand of this not-so-cautious Subaru driver who obviously thought his AWD Impreza was capable of handling a bit of slush. Well it wasn’t.
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To help promote the Audi RS 4, Audi UK rented out a military hangar and staged a duel between two driver’s and their quattro-powered steeds. It might not have the same intense multi-layer carnage as the Insane Paintball War we showed you last year, but Audi’s little duel certainly looks like a great way to spend the afternoon.
Each RS 4 has what looks like a Browning machine gun strapped to the hood, it’s fired by a big red button situated in the center console. To help keep score, Audi have kindly put hit counters in the top of the screen so you can see who is ahead. It’s a bit arbitrary though. Each paintball pellet counts for just one point. But drive over some goop James Bond-style and all of a sudden you’re 250 points down, get hit by a paint grenade and you can kiss goodbye to 500 points. Drive into some paint-filled boxes and, well, just watch the video.
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Some people have WAY to much time on their hands. And that’s fine by me, because without these gods of the frivolous we wouldn’t have awesome YouTube videos like this.
Take a couple of RC Ford Mustangs, throw in a few helicopters, tanks and dumper trucks and you’ve got the beginnings of a car chase any Hollywood studio would be proud of. Only trouble is you need a setting for your chase. Well that’s where a couple dozen cardboard boxes, a hot glue gun and some spray paint comes in handy, as you can knock up a suitably scaled-down town in a long weekend!
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Russia’s reputation for random acts of public insanity hasn’t been reduced by this video. Shot by a dashcam, the footage records the moment when a Russian battle tank comes blazing across the highway at full throttle.
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Ever seen what it looks like to have an airplane narrowly miss you while travelling at 200 mph? Want to? Then do yourself a favor and watch the video below.
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Motorcycle vs Boat accidents don’t tend to happen all that often. Even less common is to capture the event on film. And to top off the trifecta of weirdness, the rider is a professional motorcycle journalist. The incident occurred in France when the magazine Moto Journal were testing a Yamaha FJR 1300 around the port of Saint Martin .
While trying to navigate along the edge of the port, the rider clips a metal pole with one of the bike’s luggage panniers, knocking the bike off course and over the wall. As the bike heads south the rider bails off and neatly lands in the back of a yacht moored below.
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Driving in Russia is an activity fraught with danger. If the roads themselves aren’t trying to kill you, then you have to contend with out of control truck drivers, suicudal supercar drivers, and crazy old men with their ‘flying cars’. Add to that the fact many road users are armed and impatient and you’ve got the perfect recipe for carnage. It’s refreshing therefore to see a bit of Russian road rage which is beautifully planned, and almost comical in nature.
I’m not taking sides here. To be honest both drivers seem a little out of line. The driver of the car is in the wrong for not allowing the SUV some space and forcing them to sit dangerously in the opposite lane. While the driver of the SUV should maybe have checked in the rear-view mirror and spotted that the guy with the dashcam had left enough space for him to slot in there. Blame sits at roughly the 50/50 mark. But it’s what happens next that’s genius.
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This video illustrates exactly what paintball virgins think they’ll be doing for the day. Five minutes of wildly inaccurate splattering later and that bubble is well and truly burst. Not that it’s not fun. It’s just not high-budget mechanized fun directed with faux-military precision.
This film shot by Devin Graham features dozens of foot soldiers, a number of ATVs and dirt bikes, several heavily armed off-road buggies, some Baja trucks, and a small air force made up from paragliders. ’nuff said.
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