"I should have recorded that"

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by andygates, 27 Mar 2008.

  1. andygates

    andygates New Member

    You know the moment: you think, "I wish I'd been recording just then" as some lovely bit of scenery opens up or you pull a sick move or some numpty in a beemer crashes into a bollard trying to overtake you.

    I heard somewhere that the police have a camera system that records continuously in a loop. When you hit the "record" button, it starts recording AND saves the previous five minutes of the loop - instant hindsight.

    Anyone got one?
  2. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Don't know, but my Skoda had a radio function that when the car was left it recorded the previous hours traffic reports on a rolling loop system as you describe. As soon as you got back in the car you could listen to the previous traffic reports latest first and going back an hour.

    Quite useful when I was a regular "road-warrior" in and out of places up and down the country.

    Your camera idea sounds ideal.
  3. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Sounds a bit like Sky+
  4. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    There, that's better (they do as well), saved your reputation :biggrin:

    .....cue Skoda jokes.....
  5. davidtq

    davidtq New Member

    I used to rally skodas :biggrin:
  6. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    Couldn't you afford a real car then :biggrin: :biggrin:

    .....[Dons flak jacket and heads for trench]

  7. davidtq

    davidtq New Member

    Alas no I couldnt afford a "real" car, even the ford escorts at £200,000 were out of my budget... to get a "really" nice car you had to spend around £300,000 blow that for a weekends fun... Especially with the maintenance costs £10,000 for a interval service... no thank you :biggrin:

    I knew a guy who instead of using a courier had his engines delivered by helicopter, in fact about the time I quit quite a few of the drivers turned up at the start line in helicopters.

    Still I made do with the little old skoda and collected a few pots for my efforts.
  8. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

  9. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    Wow! it's expensive stuff rallying.

    Talking of expensive stuff - Magnatom, have you seen the price of that: $700. You'll have to sell your story to the News of the World.

    "Cyclists Kids have to sleep in box, shocker"
  10. OP

    andygates New Member

    Oh that's lovely. $700 though! I'll wait a bit :biggrin:
  11. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Actually, I'd prefer Skoda thank you very much. Skoda ownership is something only the clever few get to experience....
    Audi's they're ten a penny and too aspirational IMO.
  12. davidtq

    davidtq New Member

    The entry fee alone for one days rallying on a cheap clubmans event is likely to come to double the price of that camera :biggrin: If you want to do a decent national event the entry fee alone is going to be 4x that.

    Thats not including service crew, boarding, support van, tyres, fuel, etc etc :biggrin: The entry fee is non refundable. Rough guesstimate 33% of crews fail to finish any given forrest rally.

    The cost to do something like the RAC on a "shoestring budget entry", is around £6000! Thats just entry fee, board fuel and tyres and support for one event in the smallest cheapest car you can get away with and whether you make it past the 1st stage or not is a very open question.

    I knew a guy who was spending £50,000 a year on maintenance alone (probably 10 years ago now) for his vehicle not including entry fee's and event damage. He was running a 1978 ford escort!

    Doesnt that camera start to look like good value for a hobby :biggrin:
  13. mcd

    mcd Well-Known Member

    Magnatom, yes, it is a very nice piece of kit. According to the web site it is very flexible device:


    and given some of the comments you've received, something that you might find handy in and around Anniesland Cross:


  14. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Damm you beat my to it...
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