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    Quote Originally Posted by kungfupanda View Post
    I watched quite a recent one where some old, white dreadlocked gent was moaning about how the farmer upstream was apparently diverting water away from the Ford thereby making it a lot more shallower. He said this was unsafe because people drove through faster.

    He much preferred the Ford to be a lot deeper due to the fact that people would drive through slower.
    I wonder if it was he who recently opened the wooden weir upstream and emptied the lake, thus making the ford a lot deeper -- briefly.

    There is actually very little upstream of the ford. The stretch of river upstream is no more than 100 yards or so long and is fed by a weir (with an adjustable wooden flow control board) from the lake that was built to feed the mill next to the ford.

    The board is normally kept in place to keep the depth of the lake reasonable. More water flows over the weird after heavy rain, thus making the ford deeper at times.

    However, someone recently wound up the wooden weir board and let the lake mostly drain. It could have been a act of random vandalism or it could have been someone who thought that it would make the ford deeper. Indeed, it would have made it deeper but only for a short while, while the lake drained!

    Once the board was put back in place (and I believe the mechanism padlocked), the lake refilled and the ford was back to its normal variable self, depending on rainfall and thus outflow from the lake.


    (I know all of the above only from the various YT videos on the subject).
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingBanana View Post
    There are literally loads of these videos on Youtube - it seems to be a well established spectator sport.

    This one is with the ford clearly marked at three feet, yet amazing how people attempt it (and fail), often in expensive cars:




    Many years ago I had a Jag S-Type R - and unfortunately got caught in a flood with it. I would say the water was about eighteen inches deep. There was a dull thud, and £16k of damage was done to the engine...

    Anyone else had similar, or just enjoy the vids!
    This one was hilarious! There was someone in the back, maybe a fare as well.

    There was also one which I canít find now of a biker heading into at full tilt, got stopped dead and ended up on the other side of the ford 4 somersaults later.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Longblackcoat View Post
    One of the surprising benefits of electric cars is the depth of water they can wade through. The Nissan Leaf's wading depth, for example, is 700mm - a Mercedes GLC (same sort of size) is only 300mm
    Are they waterproof though?


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    Staggered that there are so many idiots driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingBanana View Post
    There are literally loads of these videos on Youtube - it seems to be a well established spectator sport.

    This one is with the ford clearly marked at three feet, yet amazing how people attempt it (and fail), often in expensive cars:




    Many years ago I had a Jag S-Type R - and unfortunately got caught in a flood with it. I would say the water was about eighteen inches deep. There was a dull thud, and £16k of damage was done to the engine...

    Anyone else had similar, or just enjoy the vids!
    What an absolute hoop that chap is in the blue defender.

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    The white Fiat seemed to stand on its nose at which point I thought it was dead and then it just reversed out !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CardShark View Post
    No more new videos for the foreseeable.

    https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/n...les-from-today
    I feel empty now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CardShark View Post
    No more new videos for the foreseeable.

    https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/n...les-from-today
    How very, very boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mj2k View Post
    I feel empty now.
    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    How very, very boring.
    Yup. Bloody do-gooders!

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    Those Youtubers are going to miss their (revenue) stream.

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    Sad news, I'm tempted to start an RIP thread...
    Last edited by number2; 5th December 2022 at 15:56.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Quote Originally Posted by vagabond View Post
    Those Youtubers are going to miss their (revenue) stream.
    Well done Sir, I see what you did there !!

    Iíve often thought people canít really be that stupidÖ
    Iíve also seen the same rotund chap in the orange T-shirt in several different vehicles.
    Perhaps the R reg Escort may have been an insurance scam ??
    A tank of fuel must be more than the car is worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Wall View Post
    Perhaps the R reg Escort may have been an insurance scam ??
    That'll be the Rufford Ford Ford.

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    Little surprise when you get idiots like this..

    https://youtube.com/shorts/3_9F4bIYTDY?feature=share

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    What did think was going to happen,


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    As a result of the closure, Iíve seen at least one video by a self proclaimed ďauditorĒ questioning the presence of the Police and asking them why they were parked across the Ford with their engine on. Surely itís self explanatory that the Police were there to ensure nobody attempted to cross the Ford. Also their engine was on so that they could stay warm. Iím sure that without the presence of the Police, some of the locals would have removed the cones so that they could collect more footage of unfortunates getting stranded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kungfupanda View Post
    Iím sure that without the presence of the Police, some of the locals would have removed the cones so that they could collect more footage of unfortunates getting stranded.
    It does seem wasteful and unnecessary to me for a police car to be positioned there with today's limited budgets, surely. Perhaps an audit of spending priorities and techniques is justified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kungfupanda View Post
    As a result of the closure, Iíve seen at least one video by a self proclaimed ďauditorĒ questioning the presence of the Police and asking them why they were parked across the Ford with their engine on. Surely itís self explanatory that the Police were there to ensure nobody attempted to cross the Ford. Also their engine was on so that they could stay warm. Iím sure that without the presence of the Police, some of the locals would have removed the cones so that they could collect more footage of unfortunates getting stranded.
    I think one will find it illegal to have one's engine running in a parked car.

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    Now this guy is the perfect illustration of natural selection - what a weapon

    https://youtu.be/BY-UuZbAnNE

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    I think one will find it illegal to have one's engine running in a parked car.
    Maybe emergency vehicles are exempt from that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBin5 View Post
    Now this guy is the perfect illustration of natural selection - what a weapon

    https://youtu.be/BY-UuZbAnNE

    Bloody hell !!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBin5 View Post
    Now this guy is the perfect illustration of natural selection - what a weapon

    https://youtu.be/BY-UuZbAnNE
    Not sure if social media is to be believed but the chap suffered life changing injuries as a result of that.

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    Is youtube ad revenue based on length of video? All these people seem to make 20 minute videos with about 5 minutes of actual content.

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    No ford action, but this is equally entertaining.....................


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    A more hardcore location "Crookford"..............

    The first guy even had American police horns on his ve-hick-le


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    This one popped up on my youtube feed today. I think this is the second MX-5 I’ve seen having no problems getting through. Not sure how they are managing it where others fail?

    The first guy in the Audi though “that’s the second time I’ve done that, totalled a car previously here”…how stupid can you get?

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kPWEqi6tik8

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    This is interesting, and well worth four minutes of your time:

    So clever my foot fell off.

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