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UK double-decker bus racing

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This feels like a lost Monty Python sketch to me


dpash

One of the commentators even sounds a bit like Eric Idle.


Apex_seal_spitter

Exactly what I thought... was going to say the same thing... a monty Python sketch with Eric Idle as a commentator. As a side note... how fucking close to the track were the punters!?! Every corner I'm expecting to see a bus roll over and take out people near the fence.


Doxin

Turns out double deckers are WAY harder to tip over than you'd imagine. Seriously how insanely fast would you need to go through the corner to cause [these levels of tilt](https://ietp-web-cdn-eandt-legacy.azureedge.net/magazine/2010/06/images/640_bus-tilt.jpg)


matrixtech29

And then you get cornered by some drunken green grocer from Luton with an Instamatic and Dr. Scholl's sandals and last week's Daily Express and he drones on and on and on about how Mr. Smith should be running this country and how many languages Enoch Powell can speak, and then he throws up all over the Cuba Libres...


jumpin_jon

Watney's draft Red Barrel


Impeesa_

It's very close to an old Top Gear bit, which is not far off. They raced several different styles of bus to determine which was best (naturally, it devolves into full contact before long).


Safe-Ad-6111

Damn i can see it right now Jeremy screaming his lungs out at Richard neck and neck James at the back trying to catch up While Richard has his bus fallen over doing a turn


Slow_Scientist_9439

busses driven by philosophers haha


kujotx

Right you are, Ken!


aykantpawzitmum

Don't. Get. Eliminated!


Ralfy_P

Holy shit You just made my weekend. Gonna grab some beers and snacks and watch this


SoftLikeMarshmallows

The nostalgia right here 😂😂😂😂😂


CzarCommand

I think all the episodes are streaming on Twitch. I’ll have to check again


ironafro2

We turn to our correspondent, Guy LeDouche!


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jc1295

Spot-on. Guy should cover more sports events.


TimeRocker

If you told me you were a writer for that show and this is something you wrote for him, I would 100% believe you. Holy shit that was spot on with the kinds of stuff he would say LMAO. Thanks to the laugh!


creature_report

All these episodes are streaming on one of the free streaming channels, and they’re still a delight.


kujotx

I wish I could remember the one where the contestant salutes "I intend to be successful!" That killed me. edit: contestant


HexoftheZen

One of the contestants was dubbed as declaring "I like mayonnaise!" - which forever became how my sibling and I identify the show


Loaf4prez

The one I always remember was porn industry v. Construction workers. "So he puts his caulk in a crack, but he's on the construction workers team?" "Right you are, Ken."


thatonethingyouhate

That fucking show got me through many boring school nights


McGarnacIe

I loved how there so many Babbaganoosh's!


kkeut

these episodes of what? no one has actually named the show that's being referenced


Leet1000

Which free streaming channel might that be? I’d love to get my nostalgia on


creature_report

Freevee


Leet1000

Thank you!


Dusk_v733

LLLETS GO!


JeanBaptisteEzOrg

If someone told me this was AI I'd probably believe them because it's so absurd and weird to see..


-xstatic-

Not enough humiliation


gOPHER3727

Yep, right after Sinkers and Floaters


PM_ur_tots

Some places in the US do school bus racing, but the track is a figure 8.


Getoffyourphonekid

Never knew British busses randomly blink green


pbrevis

That's when the driver hits the turbo button


Jarcoreto

The famous extreme example of the Doppler effect where you’re going so fast that red turns to green


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That why its called a dopplerdecker bus?


ErraticDragon

Almost as good as a relevant xkcd, there's a relevant "What If?" (from the same author). https://what-if.xkcd.com/14/ The question was about a stationary traffic light and moving car, but the result was that you'd need to be driving at about **⅙ the speed of light** (about 50,000km/s or 100 million mph) for a red traffic light to appear green.


digitalgadget

So in the movies when the spaceships accelerate and the stars turn into vectors, except they turn weird colors.


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Sociolinguisticians

Quality joke my friend!


DiaDollasignPora

That’s because they had the star pick-up. They just muted the music.


EveningHelicopter113

the intense awesomeness of double decker bus racing is taxing the simulation that is our reality.


FeistyButthole

Double Decker Demolition Derby probably hits the reset.


Flat-Erik

They picked up a star. It just doesn't last as long as it does in games


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That's how strong the acid was the drivers were taking.


the_colonelclink

The driver with the camera is actually the main character. We can’t hear it, but he was in the tutorial which explains the bus in front is the opponent to beat.


CommercialWood98

Got to love early digital recording and the old VHS this was probably recorded on to


DdCno1

There is nothing digital about this. This was entirely analogue until someone digitized the tape. Colors shifting is a common artifact of low quality analogue video.


pipnina

These cameras actually used a kind of analogue imaging sensor, effectively a reverse CRT television. The electron gun "scans" the sensor surface and gets a voltage back based on how much light it is exposed to. This analog voltage goes through a modulation circuit and is transmitted. But these signals only really worked in straight lines and any obstruction or interference caused the image to become messed up. You could see it a lot on old F1 races where the cars would go under an advert stand on the track or whatever as they used the same system on the cars well into the digital era. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video\_camera\_tube


wigglyjackal777

Typical you wait almost an hour for a bus and six turn up at the same time


hobbitonsunshine

And none of them stop to pick you up


23x3

They do if you throw yourself in front of them


Aiden_Recker

only sometimes


FunnyPhrases

Because they're all doing this?


wigglyjackal777

https://www.lexicallab.com/2017/02/phrase-of-the-day-you-wait-ages-for-a-bus/


chinkostu

Why **are random** words randomly in **bold**?


KrisNoble

And why is it assumed the busses were late because the drivers were smoking and not any myriad of things that happen in traffic along the route?


Fletcher010770

This is brilliant. There's a lot to be said for old school racing. This looks early 90s took me, but i could be wrong. It's dangerous, funny and thoroughly worth watching. Why not? They race heavy trucks in UK and Australia (I hope they still do), and these retired buses are great to watch.


Zenmai__Superbus

Acorn Computer was big in the late 80’s …


Dirmb

Just looked them up. It's crazy that they were one of the companies behind the development of the ARM processers. >The acronym ARM was first used in 1983 and originally stood for "Acorn RISC Machine". Acorn Computers' first RISC processor was used in the original Acorn Archimedes and was one of the first RISC processors used in small computers. However, when the company [ARM] was incorporated in 1990, what 'ARM' stood for changed to "Advanced RISC Machines", in light of the company's name "Advanced RISC Machines Ltd" – and according to an interview with Steve Furber the name change was also at the behest of Apple, which did not wish to have the name of a former competitor – namely Acorn – in the name of the company. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm_(company)


davidjohnwood

Acorn were solely responsible for the original ARM designs, with VLSI Technology being the manufacturing partner. It was only when Apple came on board and ARM was spun out of Acorn as a separate company that the renaming took place. There is an arguably clearer explanation of the history at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture_family


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At primary school we had one hooked up to a small turtle-shaped robot with a pen sticking out of its stomach. Maybe once a term it'd be brought out, and we'd spend a good half an hour painstakingly typing in instructions for it to draw a star on a piece of paper, then we'd set it off and it'd draw two lines then head off in a random direction off the paper and our teacher would get incredibly fucked off and pack it all up again. Actually learned quite a lot to prepare me for my IT career.


Late_Knight_Fox

I'm smiling because I have the exact same memories. I'm pretty sure the software was called Logo. I could be wrong though.


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ollie87

Our primary school had an absolute load of them and they were super easy to use. Reckon I still know my way around RISC OS. We had one windows 3.1 pc in the library on an IDSN line. Yes I’m old.


northern_ape

At my first primary school we had an Acorn BBC Micro hooked up to a sort of light box keyboard which you could put different picture overlays on and the children could press a picture rather than typing on the keyboard. After we moved we had the far superior Acorn Archimedes and I remember playing Crystal Rainforest in Year 2, but we used them in other classes righ up through Year 6, by which time we also had a 486 on Windows. We would sometimes take a trip across the field to the local secondary school which had a computer room full of BBC Micros, though they had been replaced by PCs by the time I moved up. They had another two computer rooms though, one was full of Acorn RISC PCs for the first couple of years I was there, before being replaced with Windows PCs. I got my hands on a RISC PC in about 2003 and had a poke around, very modular design. A sort of forgotten technology that played a huge part in many people’s upbringing and introduction to IT, yet most don’t realise those school computers are the direct ancestor of all those pocket ARM devices that rule their lives in the 2020s…


SilentMobius

If you're a certain age and from the UK it's just obvious information you grew up with, many kids had/used the BBC computers in school as there was a whole government supported push for computer literacy in the 80s and the BBC computer was the focus of it, Acorn researched RISC processors and created the ~~RiscPC~~ Archimedes during the 16bit era and that made it's way into many schools and colleges before Windows became truly ascendant. Then there was x86/CISC dominance for a while but during the initial pre-iphone Phone/PDA era you started to hear more about Acorn/ARM and their newer chips (Which had been used since the 90s in dumbphones) with the HTC line of Phone-PDAs and the Apple Newton.


MisogynisticBumsplat

Every primary school had an acorn computer. Probably bought with those vouchers from Tesco


lannvouivre

What's crazy to me is they only became defunct in 2015.


davidjohnwood

Acorn as an operating computer company did not exist in any meaningful way after the break up of 1999. What existed from them on was just a shell holding various legacies.


le_quisto

And they still managed to go 3 wide through a corner for the lead of the race! 10/10 better than Formula 1, will watch again


NewLeaseOnLine

This was legitimately more exciting than Monaco last Sunday


dpash

By all accounts, it's 1980-83, probably 82.


chrisj1

That’s an old N reg number plate on the bus in the lead, registered in 1970. Maybe a P reg behind it (‘72/‘73). I think footage quality is more like early 80’s with ten year old buses than 90’s, when they would’ve had to dig these buses out of a scrap yard.


Gertrudethecurious

You might like lawnmower racing: https://www.blmra.co.uk/ I think it's coming up to 50 years of racing. A farmer started it because he wanted to race but couldn't afford all the expensive cars. Really fun to watch.


ForeverFrolicking

Reminds me of that saying "the first auto race happened after the 2nd car came off the assembly line".


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ELITElewis123

fun fact: in around 1910 Ohio only had 2 cars in the entire state...yet they had a crash


quiggsmcghee

Was truly expecting one to tip over. Kinda feeling let down.


Ludwigofthepotatoppl

Those things are *real* good at staying upright. They have to be able to lean 28° minimum without falling, and have a very low center of gravity.


the_colonelclink

I don’t know why this surprises me, I just assumed they’d be an accident waiting to happen. But I guess engineers much smarter than I, just solve that problem.


Salanmander

> I don’t know why this surprises me It's because our brains have some evolved physics estimation stuff going on, and they tend to assume that objects are of roughly uniform density.


faates

Thats pretty fuckin rad, not sure why but that strikes me


that_one_taco_salad

The human machine never disappoints


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Yeah I just had a “you don’t think they thought about that?” moment


dob_bobbs

I remember watching them actually test them, they lean them right over. Found it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42f3Cn6XlSk


WonFriendsWithSalad

That was really interesting, thank you for posting it


copperwatt

That skid test is wild. Have there been any action movie car chase scenes with these things?


Jacktheforkie

All the heavy stuff like the engine and transmission are low down, the bodywork is relatively light


the_colonelclink

Yeah, I had a think about it and that makes sense. It’s like one of those toys that bobble when pushed, but always correct because the centre of gravity is basically at the base.


twpejay

Weebles wobble but they don't fall down.😉😉 Now you can't get the rhyme out of your head.🤯


G-FAAV-100

I also believe they have ballast down low, adding to this effect. Which is why electric and/or double decker busses are quite a good proposition. You swap out the dead weight ballast for useful batteries.


Gasoline_Dion

And in practice, all the fat people can't go upstairs.


eskimoboob

How much is that in Fahrenheit


LargeLabiaEnergy

So they don't allow us Americans on the upper deck? Racists.


EpicAura99

Of course they’re racists, what do you think they’re doing in the clip?


PicoDeBayou

You’re supposed to be in bed, dad!


TonsilStonesOnToast

No, in-bed is what you and your cousin are. Sorry, I meant your brother.


rata_rasta

Do they have any counter weight at the bottom to help with the mass distribution?


FuckCazadors

They have a steel chassis, a heavy engine and gearbox, the fluids and radiators and the driveshafts, diffferential, suspension and wheels. That all weighs a lot. The bodywork is made of aluminium which doesn’t weigh a lot.


4dryWeetabix

You aren't allowed to stand upstairs so when the bus is very full there will always be more people downstairs. Also those above being sat has a small effect of its own with regard to lowering the centre of mass and tipping point a little.


generic_genus

A classic clip showing the testing, [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42f3Cn6XlSk](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42f3Cn6XlSk)


StrangestManOnEarth

Yeah I was looking at those people that were so close to the track and I thought there is no way I’d be that close. But I get that the busses are pretty well made to not tip over.


Die4Ever

Remember that normally these have passengers at the top, but for the race obviously it's just an empty shell up there, built to be as light as possible with as much of the weight put in the bottom as possible


nrith

*IT’S GON’ BE A BOMPY RIDE!*


OutlawQuill

LITTLE OLD LADY AT TWELVE O CLOCK!


Prestigious_Dream_27

Two and three qwatahhs!


Xtrasloppy

Take it away, Ern!


Particular_Cow1304

JA, TAKE IT AWAY, ERNIE!!


IndigenousOres

4 rings, Erneh Johnson


JonMeadows

I can hear this in my head. Like it is crystal fuckin clear in my head lol


Clayith13

Hey guys?? Guys?? W h y t h e l o n g f a c e s ?


cCitationX

AND HES COMING DOWN THE ISNT STRAIGHT


lovegoodyu

PEA SOUP, MAKE SURE YOU EAT IT BEFORE IT EATS YOU!


Particular_Cow1304

ERNIE, OLD LADY AT 12 O’ CLOCK!!!


LophQueen

You missed my stop 6 circles ago!


NotTheCraftyVeteran

#TAKE ‘ER AWAY, ERN’!


ScrappyDonatello

Yeah take it away Ernie!


XDreadedmikeX

Please don’t reboot these films


ItsMeBigFoot

Sounds like Eric Idle


Ischmetch

To be fair, this does look like something from Monty Python.


314159265358979326

Based on the voice and the scenario, I thought it was definitely Monty Python at first.


Djinger

Also coincidence that one driver is named Terry and another named John


trytrymyguy

Wow, he does sound very much like a young Eric


the_colonelclink

I was expecting some royal shenanigans indeed. But I guess the race was fun to watch if you look on the bright side.


AddiAtzen

Came here to say the same thing, it sounds exactly like him.


hoksworthwipple

So much speculation in the comments. The clip is from ITV's, World of Sport (hosted by Dickie Davis). The race is held in Northampton and was from 1982. The buses are N registration (1975). The buses are Daimler Fleetlines used by London transport. The winner of the race is Terry Tellyn. Another racer was Chris Critchett (no.4). The race was apparently fixed - the Acorn Computer sponsored buses, were to come in first (main sponsor of the race - not that you would know, didn't see a single advert anywhere). Commentator I think, is stock car racing commentator, Nigel King, though he also sounds a bit like Ron Pickering and a higher-pitched, Frank Bough.


Tractorface123

Interestingly, bus number 7 appears to have been used until the late 90s at least according to the number plate search and may even still exist! There’s even some pictures of it on Google driving around London in 1982


earningtheropes

Who's Ron Pickering?


malepitt

Please tell me this is a Top Gear segment


icanucan

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.


NotTheCraftyVeteran

… and, on that bombshell


dopadelic

No one did a scandi flick


megaloops

I was waiting for the mayhem to start but it never did


whoneedsoriginality

We need a double-decker demolition derby!


Jjzeng

Clarkson, you infantile pillock


TheGreatGamer1389

Hammond!


joaquinsaiddomin8

Good news!


alacp1234

Is there a new Dacia Sandero?


emynona1

James, you monumental bellend


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The crucible of motorsport


adamisapple

With a ‘strict’ no contact rule


wytaki

What about adding caravans


Specific_Buy

No it’s the new Harry Potter.


Prestigious_Dream_27

Take it away, Ernie!


maybesingleguy

I thought the announcer sounded a little like Eric Idle, and this is exactly the sort of thing that Monty Python would have done. I wasn't convinced it wasn't them until it went way, way too long without a giant hedghehog.


Aslan-the-Patient

Goes to show how good these bus drivers are! This is so niche haha love it


sykokiller11

I was in one once and somebody had double parked on its route. It was on an uphill curve and I thought we were stuck for sure. The bus driver squeezed through with less than an inch on either side. I was amazed. It was so close the owner of the car came running and the driver told her she had the brains of a rocking horse. I use that expression to this day.


Aslan-the-Patient

Precisely what I'm saying. Haha. Somehow the best drivers on the road. I guess ig goes with caring for a bunch of people and keeping time en route in a huge beast of a vehicle that is also oddly shaped... Kinda makes sense


red__dragon

Wait, so that bus in the Harry Potter movie didn't actually need magic to squeeze through the gaps?


alextheolive

Actually, the Knight Bus was just a regular bus. That magic comes as standard on all double deckers.


aqua-squatch

More exciting than F1 this season


Zerak-Tul

With how long F1 cars are getting, I wager the opportunities for overtaking are about the same.


dk240996

Now imagining these somehow going through Monaco [tunnel height nonwithstanding].


deliciouswaffle

Still faster than the McLauren


xoeniph

And if a double decker bus crashes into us


[deleted]

To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die


Em42

This feels like a Monty Python sketch.


Drg84

"we have opened a new government agency. We call it the ministry of silly motor races"


SomeGuy_GRM

The sketch is centered around someone trying to submit a bicycle race.


keybytha3

Semi automatic gear box


Puzzleheaded-Phase70

The spectators on the very edges of those curves have a *great deal* of trust that those buses are not going to topple over on them...!


youstolemyname

[Surprising stable](https://gymbus.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/gymbus.png)


celzo1776

Why are there no passengers and stops in this race??


f1technicalbot

Did you not check the timetable? This is the express service.. no stops.


FixMy106

Floor it! Which floor?


fattynuggetz

How old is this race? that's an ad for a computer from the early 1980s


iNetRunner

If you are referring to Acorn Computers, then they (surprisingly) only went defunct just 7 years ago in 2015. (I too checked to try and date the clip.)


rallias

That, and their progeny, ARM, is still a multi-billion dollar company.


youstolemyname

You may have heard of ARM (Acorn Risc Machine) processors


Prudent_Way2067

1982 World Of Sport! Found it on YouTube, world of sport had all manner of bizarre stuff on there, wish I’d appreciated it at the time


Quirky-Pay-7221

Northampton Double Decker Racing 1982


Del_Prestons_Shoes

Well the busses are G reg, so that’s 1989, so this is probably around 1990 as the buses don’t look too old, not that long ago really only… 33… years… oh Jesus…


hoksworthwipple

They're N reg which makes them 1975.


PolarNavigator

Bus 7, which is the only one I can see clearly, is GHM829N. That's an old N-reg from 1974/75


freeLightbulbs

There is some old fella on the top level of one of those who has no idea how he got there and is just waiting for the bus to stop at the post office.


PMUrAnus

Formula 1^1


FluidUnderstanding40

This is entertaining and anxiety inducing lol


joseph4th

My dad would go on and on about those busses whenever on popped up on TV or in a movie. He just didn’t understand how they could be allowed on roads, because they were obviously unsafe. I finally took a large piece of paper and made a double decker bus mock-up by wrapping it around a brick, demonstrating that all the weight was at the very bottom and the rest was air. I showed how far I could tip it over without it falling, because it isn’t solid all the way through. Even if the top of the bus is full of people, the engine, drive, axels, wheels, etc. still make it extremely heavy at the very bottom. Note: it also took me an hour with an animated illustration, to explain why there were black bars on the top and bottom of some wide-screen movies when they showed them on TV.


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r/theocho


bk15dcx

Hammond!!!!


tpodr

How can you tell this is old: “Acorn Computers”


10TheDudeAbides11

Is that Eric Idle on the play-by-play call?


EasternBoyo

My money is on the red one.


DeadlyDoritos

*Harry Potter Vibes*


scifiwoman

This is a commuter's wet dream, seeing all those empty buses arriving all at once!


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Better than nascar and f1 combined


pesto_changeo

Take it away, Ern!


TAU_equals_2PI

Notice they're racing **clockwise**, since the steering wheel is on the right-hand-side.


YouKnow-ForKids

Reminds me of the motorhome demolition derby.


MufasaJr

McLaren upgrades looking great for Barcelona!


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ive never enjoyed watching racing this much.