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campbe5177
8-Jan-10, 04:46 PM
After posting the youtube video of our friends Sue Robert and Peter Redmond arriving through the snow at our house in Sandringham Road, Fareham on Tuesday night it has been shown on The BBC 1 national news 3 times, South Today, BBC News Channel and website and is probably going to be shown on FOX News and CNN tonight!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PbiX36WRME

over 5,000 hits so far!!!
LIZhttp://graphics.hotmail.com/i.p.emrose.gif& Chris Campbell

RussHudson
8-Jan-10, 05:33 PM
Can you get a world champs banner across the video ?? ;)
More free advertising !

Russ..

watchbuyeruk
8-Jan-10, 07:52 PM
after watching this i wanted to try my hovercraft as we had snow here in bristol on wednesday, maybe its cos im new to hovercrafting but it handled like a pig and i kept sliding off the road and towards the pavement, it caused quite a stir with some the oldies who were spying on me through their curtains, i take it its illegal to use one on a public road but what about the extreme weather conditions could we get away with it ??? i guess its not exactly legal to take your rib up the high street when its flooded but does anyone ever get prosecuted? anyone know????

kevthehover
8-Jan-10, 08:07 PM
Hi,



Our local Police Officer , told me low flying !............ as i hovered off....lol http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/icon10.gif



Kev

Keith Oakley
8-Jan-10, 08:30 PM
after watching this i wanted to try my hovercraft as we had snow here in bristol on wednesday, maybe its cos im new to hovercrafting but it handled like a pig and i kept sliding off the road and towards the pavement, it caused quite a stir with some the oldies who were spying on me through their curtains, i take it its illegal to use one on a public road but what about the extreme weather conditions could we get away with it ??? i guess its not exactly legal to take your rib up the high street when its flooded but does anyone ever get prosecuted? anyone know????

Pretty good chance of an expensive collision with a parked car. I think theres something in theVehicle Construction and Use Regs about 90+% of the road vehicles weight being supported on wheels or something like that.
More to the point is it any good at clearing the snow?? I can't get out up the hill in my road cos the grit bin isn't replenished. From previous experience I think it will only blow away fresh snow, once theres been a frost or wheeled vehicle compacting the snow the craft is useless as a snow blower. Is that everyone elses experience?
Keith

watchbuyeruk
8-Jan-10, 08:47 PM
4324

watchbuyeruk
8-Jan-10, 08:55 PM
sorry , photo is massive, if anyone knows how to shrink it please let me know.

watchbuyeruk
8-Jan-10, 09:54 PM
video my wife took .


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l61J-kCAtfQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hTFdKjGM1w

curtis5420
9-Jan-10, 07:23 AM
Pretty good chance of an expensive collision with a parked car. I think theres something in theVehicle Construction and Use Regs about 90+% of the road vehicles weight being supported on wheels or something like that.
More to the point is it any good at clearing the snow?? I can't get out up the hill in my road cos the grit bin isn't replenished. From previous experience I think it will only blow away fresh snow, once theres been a frost or wheeled vehicle compacting the snow the craft is useless as a snow blower. Is that everyone elses experience?
Keith

1989 road traffic act' at least two wheels, one of which must be under power, shall be in contact with the rd at any point'

so a hovercraft would not be classed as a road going vehicle, which is good as you might have got a ticket for no tax or mot lol. :)

gaz
9-Jan-10, 08:16 AM
sorry , photo is massive, if anyone knows how to shrink it please let me know.
when in doubt the help section often has the answers. I think this link should help you http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/faq.php?faq=vb3_reading_posting#faq_vb3_attachment s

campbe5177
9-Jan-10, 02:22 PM
In Response to everyone's queries,
I mentioned the Worlds to many of the reporters and certainly South Today want contact closer to the time.
Our road is a T shape cul de sac and was closed off by abandoned cars that had pulled off the A27 dual carriageway at the top so there was very little risk.
The reason that you keep sliding to the side of the road, towards the kerb, is the camber to let rainwater run off. Nearly all metalled roads are cambered towards the kerb which is what makes it exciting to go any distance especially if you are mixing it with cars going the other way and you cant keep to the middle.
Best Regards to all
Chris
PS Now up to 6300 viewings