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Steph

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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #50 on: November 03, 2019, 03:55:13 pm »
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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #51 on: November 23, 2019, 06:34:25 pm »
And yet the utterly unbonkers TV's Nice C Boardman is into cave diving.

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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #52 on: November 24, 2019, 12:27:27 pm »
I expect he does since they are useful for attaching torches to, and for protecting the noggin from the kind of low-speed knocks you tend to get when umop-ap!sdn in a narrow pitch-dark hole full of ice-cold water.
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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #53 on: December 05, 2019, 09:36:12 pm »
Competitive high-speed telegraphy. No spectators allowed.

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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #54 on: December 11, 2019, 03:23:14 pm »
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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #55 on: December 11, 2019, 03:55:15 pm »
Not only the cancer risk from the tobacco but also of lip cancer from the clay churchwardens. Yetch.
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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #56 on: December 15, 2019, 08:07:41 pm »
Tractor pulling.  Chevy big block V8s or ex-Soviet helicopter turbines, and lots of them.

https://youtu.be/MOTGOGLHLHs
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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #57 on: December 15, 2019, 08:25:10 pm »
I'm sure that one makes sense in the American Mid-West, given sufficient beer and pizzas. Other than that, what exactly is going on? Maybe it needs fireworks.
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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #58 on: December 15, 2019, 09:02:31 pm »
The Danes are very keen on it.  It's basically drag racing but with more power, trading speed for torque.  As much power as a main line electric railway locomotive.
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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #59 on: December 15, 2019, 09:10:13 pm »
Unlimited Hydroplane racing is pretty bonkers.  Flimsy boat + T58 gas turbine out of a Huey helichopter = 200+ mph on water and an almost cast-iron certainty of the driver being killed utterly to DETH if it goes umop-ap!sdn.
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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #60 on: December 15, 2019, 11:49:03 pm »
I'm sure that one makes sense in the American Mid-West, given sufficient beer and pizzas. Other than that, what exactly is going on? Maybe it needs fireworks.

I looked this up last time it came up: The 'sled' vehicle behind the tractor has a bulldozer style blade on the front, and a large mass that can move from front to back.  This is driven by the wheels, so as it moves along the track, the weight shifts forward, causing the blade to progressively dig further into the ground.  Therefore the distance the tractor pulls the sled down the track is an indication of how much pulling power it has.

No doubt at some point a bunch of hipsters from California will come along with a contraption based on a lead-acid submarine battery and the drivetrain from a several of crashed Teslas, win outright, and be hounded across state lines with pitchforks and pump-action shotguns for being homosexual commie vegetarians.
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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #61 on: December 16, 2019, 12:26:27 am »
Tractor pulling.  Chevy big block V8s or ex-Soviet helicopter turbines, and lots of them.

https://youtu.be/MOTGOGLHLHs

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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #62 on: December 27, 2019, 09:44:51 am »
Unlimited Hydroplane racing is pretty bonkers.  Flimsy boat + T58 gas turbine out of a Huey helichopter = 200+ mph on water and an almost cast-iron certainty of the driver being killed utterly to DETH if it goes umop-ap!sdn.

There's been a pedal-powered hydrofoil race video-clip all over Facebook this month, but I can't find it off-FB now :(

Not properly "bonkers", but a bit different and very impressive in its own way  :thumbsup:
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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #63 on: December 27, 2019, 10:30:35 am »
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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #64 on: December 27, 2019, 10:53:13 am »
Unlimited Hydroplane racing is pretty bonkers.  Flimsy boat + T58 gas turbine out of a Huey helichopter = 200+ mph on water and an almost cast-iron certainty of the driver being killed utterly to DETH if it goes umop-ap!sdn.

There's been a pedal-powered hydrofoil race video-clip all over Facebook this month, but I can't find it off-FB now :(

Not properly "bonkers", but a bit different and very impressive in its own way  :thumbsup:

Ar, saw that last week.  Something of a contrast with that farce with TV's Guy Martin a few years back.
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Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #65 on: January 14, 2020, 05:13:00 pm »
Motorbike road racing (e.g North West 200 or the Isle of Man TT) is completely bonkers. Over 200mph between dry stone walls on roads complete with manhole covers and lampposts etc.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Which is the most bonkers sport?
« Reply #66 on: January 17, 2020, 10:15:18 pm »